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Lochsa River Rafting Guidebook
Perhaps the best day trip in Idaho, the Lochsa provides endless fun. Pool drop Class III and IV whitewater that seemingly goes on for miles. Don’t forget the incredible roadside access that makes logistics easy. And finally, it’s also beautiful, wild, and remote.
Since 2004, Zoo Town Surfers has been running high-quality Lochsa river rafting trips. In addition to the Lochsa, they offer Alberton Gorge, Black Foot, and Clark Fork rafting trips. Learn more about Zoo Town Surfers here.
About this guide
This guide outlines “Section Three” from Fish Creek to Split Creek. Importantly, we are using our own mileage and not the roadside mileage that tends to be seen elsewhere. However, the roadside mileage has been noted, but is not the primary marker.
The river begins at the confluence of Colt Kill creek and Crooked Fork. Colt Kill creek gathers its name from the Lewis and Clark expedition, where they killed a horse to eat it during their expedition. The Lochsa ends its journey at its confluence with the Selway, where they become the Clearwater. The Lochsa was one of the original eight rivers to be protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968.
It’s easy to get into trouble quickly on the Lochsa, especially so at high water. Pay attention, wear adequate gear (the water is cold) and stay within your skill level.
Permits are not required.
Lochsa River Madness
Lochsa River Madness is an informal but very real event that occurs annually over Memorial Weekend. It’s a celebration of boaters kicking off the rafting season. The gathering spot is highway mile marker 114, Lochsa Falls. This YouTube search will show you what you’re in for.
Section Three – Class II, III & IV
This guide outlines Section Three, which is from Fish Creek Put In to Knife Edge Take Out.