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Lolo Creek, Upper Run Kayak & Canoe Touring on the North Fork Clearwater River

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Lolo Creek, Upper Run Info
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Put In:  Lolo Campground
Take Out:  Cottonwood Flats
Difficulty:  Class II
Gradient:  50 feet per mile
Run Length:  12 miles
Good Level:  600 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  May, June
Primary Season: 
Hazards:  Watch blind corners for logs. A log spans the river about four miles from the put-in.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Camping on River:  Camping is available at the put-in.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

The take out for this run is the same as the put-in for the Lower. From Hwy 11 turn right a couple of miles west of Weippe on 3-mile road. Follow for about six miles to Lolo Creek road. Stay on this road until it winds down to the creek. To get to the put-in, continue into Weippe and keep going east on Mussellshell Road for about 18 miles. Mussellshell turns into County Rd 100 and leads to the campground.

Lolo Creek, Upper Run on the North Fork Clearwater River

The first nine miles of the run takes a beautiful swift water tour of a cedar-filled, deep canyon. Steep cliffs exchange with wide open meadows. Four miles down, a log broaches the river and must be portaged on the left. The canyon opens up to a maze of log jams and islands around Cottonwood Flats. Pay attention to stay in the main channel. The closing in of the canyon signals the take-out.

Last Edited by josho on 5/18/2011

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