Section Three – Class II, III & IV
This guide outlines Section Three, which is from Fish Creek Put In to Split Creek Take Out.
Mile 0 – Fish Creek Put in: River Right. Put-In on River right. Fish Creek has pit toilets and nice stairs / ramp to the river. Road mile 120.
Mile 0.1 – Fish Creek Rapid: Class III. Read-and-run rapid. Can be bumpy at lower water. Road mile 120.
Mile 0.51 – Sandy Beach Rapid: Class III. Read-and-run rapid, with a wave in the center of the channel. Road mile 119.8.
Mile 1.21 – Killer Fang Falls: Class IV. Large hole in the center of the rapid. Going right of this hole is the easier move. This center hole is quite nasty, you’ll want to stick right to get around this guy. Road mile 119.1
Mile 1.47 – Eel Creek Rapid: Class III. Right down the middle. Road mile 118.8
Mile 2.25 – Otter Slide: Class III. Right bend in the river. Watch for holes and boulders. Road mile 118.1
Mile 2.67 – Morning Glory: Class III+. The river makes a hard turn left pushing the water to the outside of the turn. Pay attention as there is a large hole towards the bottom. Road mile 117.7
Mile 2.79 – Big Stew Creek: River Left. Big Stew creek comes in right below Morning Glory.
Mile 3.04 – House Wave: Class IV. Also known as House Rock. Run House up the middle of the V wave at most flows, but be sure to hit this wave straight on. Can be snuck to the right if you’re feeling conservative. This is one of the largest waves on the river at high flows. Road mile 117.
Mile 3.76 – Bloody Mary: Class IV. Large hole in the center of this rapid. On the right side is a large pourover. Thread the needle between these two behemoths. Road mile 116.6
Mile 4.34 – Grim Reaper: Class IV. Enter right at the Grim Reaper, punching through a large wave, putting you into an epic wave train. At bottom left of this rapid is a nasty pourover. Road mile 116.
Mile 4.77 – Cliffside: Class III. At higher water, the normal wave train gets washed out. At normal flows, lots of fun can be had in this rapid. Road mile 115.7
Mile 5.07 – Shoestring: Class IV. At higher water, there is a hole on center right and center left at the top, with room in between. On the bottom left is a sleeper wave. Road mile 115.4
Mile 5.21 – Jones’ Wave: Class III. Big wave train which can be run down the middle. As per usual, keep these waves T’d up and have a blast. Road mile 115.1
Mile 5.29 – Horsetail Falls: Class IV. There are waves aplenty in this rapid at high flows and rocks aplenty at low flows. At lower flows this rapid has numerous large boulders to avoid. At high water the center wave really picks up steam. Entering left sets up you for a very large wave train. Road mile 114.8
Mile 5.69 – Prelude: Class III. Not much at medium and lower flows. At high flows large waves move you quickly into Lochsa Falls. Road mile 114.3
Mile 6.26 – Lochsa Falls: Class IV. Huge V wave, with low consequences downstream. Hit this with all you’ve got, and keep it straight. During the summer months, you may have an audience here. This is the hangout spot during Lochsa River Madness. Road mile 114.1
Mile 6.47 – Picking Up the Pieces: Class III. After Lochsa Falls awaits another Class III (at normal flows you have ample cleanup time). Road mile 113.9
Mile 6.81 – Pipeline: Appropriately named because this wave is glassy and has a nice break. When it’s in, people are surfing it on boards. Road mile 113.6
Mile 7.04 – Old Man: Class III. Enter right of the large boulders on this rapid, big hole on far right you will want to keep an eye out for. Road mile 113.4.
Mile 7.04 – Old Man Creek: River Left. Old Man Creek enters at the rapid. Road mile 113.4.
Mile 7.58 – Termination: Class IV. Lochsa Classic – big wave train. This is the last big rapid of this stretch, so go as big or little as you want here. After the wave train, the current wants to push you left toward the cliff. Road mile 112.8
Mile 8.77 – Split Creek: Class III. Last rapid of the section, small wave train relative to the rest of these rapids. Take-out is on river right, just below this rapid. Road mile 111.7
Mile 9 – Bridge: This is your bridge to keep your eyes out for when you’re searching for the takeout. This bridge provides access to Split Creek trail. Road mile 111.4
Mile 9.02 – Split Creek Take-Out: River Right. Take-Out on River right just below the Split Creek Bridge. Road mile 111.4