» General Shuttle Logistics
Put in: White Pine or Nine Mile
Take Out: Split Creek or Knife Edge
Shuttle Length: 30 mi.
*for private parties
This is probably the most difficult stretch on the Lochsa. At high water, it contains some very large holes and requires precise maneuvering. Swims here can last for quite a while since the current is fast and continuous.
At low to medium flows, be careful at Onno's Hole, four miles below the put-in, halfway between highway mileage marker 131 and 132. The center tongue of the rapid leads unsuspecting boaters into a huge hole. The rapid can be identified by a lone ponderosa pine on a ridge to the right of the river.
Castle Creek Rapid, half a mile below Onno's Hole, is probably the most difficult rapid on the river. It is long and contains many large holes and/or rocks, depending on water flow. Three Hole Rapid, a mile below Castle Creek, should also be scouted.