Split Creek To Lowell

This is an easier section of the Lochsa suitable for intermediate or newer boaters.  This run can be combined with any other sections of the Lochsa to suit your needs.  Several camping options exist around this part of the Lochsa canyon and make a good base camp for day runs.

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 Split Creek to Lowell.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Surprise Rapid
Class II+ to III+
Fire Creek Rapid
Class II+ to III
Coolwater Creek Rapid
Class II+ to III
Unnamed Rapid
Class II+ to III
Apgar Rapid
Class II to III
Hellgate Rapid
Class III to IV
Handy Creek Rapid
Class III

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Selway River Nr Lowell Id
USGS 13336500
430 cfs 2.9 ft
Sf Clearwater River Nr Elk City Id
USGS 13337500
29 cfs 4.5 ft
Sf Clearwater River At Stites Id
USGS 13338500
104 cfs 2.7 ft
Lochsa River Nr Lowell Id
USGS 13337000
296 cfs 1.7 ft
Nf Clearwater River Nr Canyon Ranger Station Id
USGS 13340600
592 cfs 5.4 ft
St. Joe River At Red Ives Ranger Station Id
USGS 12413875
71 cfs 1.4 ft
Clear Ck At Kooskia National Fish Hatchery
USGS 13337099
8 cfs 12.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Cool Creek
1" 1"
Secesh Summit
1" 0"
Pierce R.S.
2" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Table Meadows 6 4,833 ft
Ohara Bar 32 1,603 ft
Johnson Bar 9 1,504 ft
Selway Falls 7 1,845 ft
Fog Mountain - Dispersed None 1,961 ft
Rocky Ridge 5 5,633 ft
Apgar 7 1,571 ft
Wilderness Gateway 153 2,116 ft
Rackliff 6 1,615 ft
25 Mile 14 1,675 ft
Gedney Creek None 1,792 ft
Knife Edge 10 1,671 ft
Glover Creek 7 1,708 ft
Race Track 13 1,815 ft
Boyd Creek 6 1,915 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Fish Creek to Split Creek 296.0cfs 11.0 Mi III to IV
Split Creek to Lowell 296.0cfs 15.0 Mi II+ to III+
White Pine (Indian Grave Creek) to Wilderness Gateway Bridge 296.0cfs 19.0 Mi IV- to IV+