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Paradise to Meadow Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Selway River

Torey Lenoch running Ham Rapid
Little Niagra Rapid Wolf Creek Rapid Wolf Creek Rapid Pristine Forest Surrounds the Selway River Steep Ramp at the Put-in
Wildflowers are abundant on the Selway River Downtime in Camp Relaxing under the parawing

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Paradise to Meadow Creek Video

Selway at high water, rafters and kayakers
  • Kayaking Wolf Creek Rapid at 16,000 cfs
  • Kayaking Wolf Creek Rapid
  • Low Water Selway video including: Ladle Rapid, Puzzle Creek, No Slouch, Miranda Jane, Meeker, Osprey, Tango Rapids
  • Packrafting the Selway at low water
  • Paradise to Meadow Creek Info
    Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
    Put In:  Paradise Launch
    Take Out:  Meadow Creek
    Difficulty:  Class IV
    Gradient:  28 ft/mi
    Run Length:  47 miles
    Current Streamflow:  1220 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:00 AM - SELWAY RIVER NR LOWELL ID, reading taken from USGS
    Flow Information (phone):  West Fork Ranger District (406) 821-3269
    Good Level:  5,000 - 16,000 cfs
    Streamflow Comments: 

    The USGS gauge near Lowell is below the take-out near the mouth of the Selway. There is a foot gauge at the put-in that is only a visual inspection gauge. The flow at the put-in can be estimated to be 1/4 to 1/5 the flow at Lowell. There is a nice graph that helps convert the Lowell CFS reading to gauge height at the put-in: http://www.riopharmd.net/pflo/chron/200706Selway/CompareHigh.pdf.

    The Forest Service recommends the following levels for most craft:

    • Low: 2 ft at Paradise ~ 5,000 cfs at Lowell
    • High: 5 ft at Paradise ~ 16,000 cfs at Lowell

    You should always call the Ranger Station to get the accurate Paradise gauge height reading. The river can be run at levels outside of this range but it becomes more difficult to do so. Use caution when determining if your crew can navigate this trip.

    Season Comments:  May, June, July
    Permit:  Lottery Permit applications Dec. 1 thru Jan. 31. Permit Season May 15 thru July 31.
    Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
    Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
    Shuttle Logistics: 

    Put-in: Just south of Darby, MT turn southwest onto West Fork Rd / Hwy 473. If you're coming from the south, you can turn left at Conner Cutoff Rd and then take another left onto West Fork Rd / Hwy 473.

    • From the junction of West Fork Rd and Conner Cutoff Rd, continue on West Fork Rd for 11 miles
    • Turn Right onto Nez Perce Rd and continue for 16 miles
    • As you cross into Idaho, Nez Perce Rd turns into Magruder Corridor / Forest Rd 468. Continue on it for another 15 miles.
    • Take a slight left to stay on Magruder Corridor Rd
    • Continue onto Forest Rd 6223 and go for another 11 miles. The put-in will be on the left. There is no camping at the put-in but you can drive past the put-in and up the road for a bit and there is a large meadow with nice campsites right on White Cap Creek.

    Take-out: From Hwy 12 at Lowell Idaho, turn Southeast onto Selway Road and continue for 19 miles. Just past Selway Falls and Falls Point Road, the take-out will be on your right.

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