Fish Creek To Split Creek


This is the most commonly run section of the Lochsa.  This is a classic Idaho run that can be enjoyed by lots of boaters at different water levels.  Low levels are tame enough rafters and kayakers wanting to step up their game can comfortably with time to recover in between rapids.  High flows, things get really pushy and wild.  Kayakers can find lots of surf opportunities on this stretch at all flows.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Lochsa River are between a bare minimum of 500cfs and a high of 20,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 13337000, the Lochsa River Nr Lowell Id Remember only watercraft are permitted at Fish Creek to Split Creek.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Fish Creek Rapid
Class III to III+
Sandy Beach Rapid
Class III
Mile 119 Rapid
Class III to IV
Killer Fang Falls Rapid
Class III to IV
Eel Creek Rapid
Class III to IV
Otter Slide Rapid
Class III to IV
Morning Glory Rapid
Class III to IV
House Wave - House Rock Rapid
Class III+ to IV
Bloody Mary Rapid
Class III to IV
Grim Reaper Rapid
Class III+ to IV+
Cliff Side Rapid
Class III to IV
Shoe String Falls
Class III to IV
Jone's Wave Rapid
Class III to IV
Horsetail Falls
Class III to IV
Prelude Rapid
Class III to IV
Lochsa Falls
Class III to IV
Picking Up The Pieces Rapid
Class III to IV
Pipeline Rapid
Class III to IV
Old Man Rapid
Class III to IV
Termination Rapid
Class III to IV
Split Creek Rapid
Class III to IV

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Lochsa River Nr Lowell Id
USGS 13337000
2,880 cfs 4.0 ft
Sf Clearwater River At Stites Id
USGS 13338500
1,060 cfs 4.1 ft
Selway River Nr Lowell Id
USGS 13336500
4,370 cfs 5.6 ft
St. Joe River At Red Ives Ranger Station Id
USGS 12413875
221 cfs 2.0 ft
Clear Ck At Kooskia National Fish Hatchery
USGS 13337099
120 cfs 12.5 ft
Sf Clearwater River Nr Elk City Id
USGS 13337500
596 cfs 6.7 ft
Nf Clearwater River Nr Canyon Ranger Station Id
USGS 13340600
3,620 cfs 8.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
dixie north
SNOTEL DXEI1
24.8" -0.9"
Lost Lake
SNOTEL 600
121" -2"
Secesh Summit
SNOTEL 740
55" -1"
Humboldt Gulch
SNOTEL 535
37" -1"
Lookout
SNOTEL 594
62" -1"
Sunset
SNOTEL 803
49" -2"
Shanghi Summit
SNOTEL 747
50" -3"
Cool Creek
SNOTEL 411
119" -1"
Mountain Meadows
SNOTEL 650
57" -1"
Crater Meadows
SNOTEL 425
101" -2"
Pierce R.S.
SNOTEL 1142
18" -1"
Hemlock Butte
SNOTEL 520
99" -3"
Hoodoo Basin
SNOTEL 530
90" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Boyd Creek 6 1,915 ft
Selway Falls 7 1,845 ft
Weitas 6 2,478 ft
25 Mile 14 1,675 ft
Fog Mountain - Dispersed None 1,961 ft
Race Track 13 1,815 ft
Glover Creek 7 1,708 ft
Wilderness Gateway 153 2,116 ft
Knife Edge 10 1,671 ft
Gedney Creek None 1,792 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
White Pine (Indian Grave Creek) to Wilderness Gateway Bridge 2780.0cfs 19.0 Mi IV- to IV+
Split Creek to Lowell 2780.0cfs 15.0 Mi II+ to III+
Fish Creek to Split Creek 2880.0cfs 11.0 Mi III to IV