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Lolo Creek, Lower Run Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the North Fork Clearwater River

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Lolo Creek, Lower Run Info
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Put In:  Cottonwood Flats
Take Out:  Clearwater Confluence
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV , Class V
Gradient:  75 feet per mile
Run Length:  15 miles
Good Level:  300-600 cfs, or 10-11 feet
Streamflow Comments: 

Use the USGS stick gauge on river left at the takeout. Low flows are at around 9 feet, medium around 11 feet, and high is 13 feet and up.

Season Comments:  May, June
Primary Season: 
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Head south of Greer on Hwy 11 for about a mile to a large turnout and a gravel road on the right leading down to the Lower Lolo Creek Bridge. The take-out and gauge are here. To get to the put-in, continue on Hwy 11 sixteen miles toward Weippe. A couple of miles before Weippe, be on the lookout for 3-mile road on your right. Turn right and follow for about six miles; watch for Lolo Creek Road on the right. Follow it down to the creek. There is a Forest Service or BLM trailer here. This is the put-in.

Lolo Creek, Lower Run on the North Fork Clearwater River

Soon after the put-in, around the first bend is a river-wide log. At lower flows one can sneak under; higher flows require a portage. Some easy class III rapids offer a warm up for a mile or two before the first major rapid. A log jam on a right river bend signals the scout on river right. "YMCA" or "Maniac" is a messy rock garden; some of the slots could be choked with wood. Another mile or so of class III leads to "Zig-zag" or "Mad Bear". A large living-room sized boulder marks the scout on river right. The right line has been popular until a shifting rock made it less attractive. Watch for a large undercut boulder at the bottom. "Lame Duck" rapid is next. It's not hard, but an undercut rock on river left would be bad news. After this rapid, the canyon opens up and the whitewater slacks for a bit to a splashy class III. The gradient picks up into "Little Schmidt," a long boulder garden, which leads into "Big Schmidt." Scout or portage on the right. Currently, reports of a big Ponderosa blocking the rapid detail a necessary portage. After the Schmidts is more class III until the next rapid. A landslide from the left formed this rapid. Scout or portage on the left. The take-out is just downstream.

Last Edited by josho on 5/18/2011

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