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

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Gedney Creek None 1,792 ft
Apgar 7 1,571 ft
Rocky Ridge 5 5,633 ft
Selway Falls 7 1,845 ft
Johnson Bar 9 1,504 ft
Fog Mountain - Dispersed None 1,961 ft
Rackliff 6 1,615 ft
Table Meadows 6 4,833 ft
Race Track 13 1,815 ft
Boyd Creek 6 1,915 ft
25 Mile 14 1,675 ft
Knife Edge 10 1,671 ft
Ohara Bar 32 1,603 ft
Wilderness Gateway 153 2,116 ft
Glover Creek 7 1,708 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Split Creek to Lowell 2780.0cfs 15.0 Mi II+ to III+
White Pine (Indian Grave Creek) to Wilderness Gateway Bridge 2780.0cfs 19.0 Mi IV- to IV+
Fish Creek to Split Creek 2880.0cfs 11.0 Mi III to IV