The Selway is Idaho's most private Wild and Scenic river. Whitewater, wilderness and solitude are the Selway's chief attractions. Only one launch is allowed each day in order to protect the pristine beauty of the river as it passes through the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Self-guided permits are difficult to get and, due to the daily launch limits, commercial trips must be booked 8-12 months in advance. The rapids are nearly all large, through many of the 48 river-running miles. At high flows, rapids such as Ladle and Double Drop can reach epic Class IV-V proportions. The banks of the river are overgrown with cedar, fir, huckleberries and ferns, and the water always runs clear. Don’t forget the 12 mile stretch of day boating below Selway Falls that is outside of wilderness area.


North Central Idaho, SE of Lewiston


Hwy. 12 near Lowell

Nearest City


Mailing Address

502 Lowry St
Kooskia ID, 83539


Summer, Spring




Free - However, permits are required for boat or raft launch on upper Selway River. Guided trips for 4-5 days range from $900-1100 per person.

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