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Tributary-White Sand Creek, Lower Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Lochsa River

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Tributary-White Sand Creek, Lower Info
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Put In:  Colt Creek Cabin
Take Out:  White Sand Campground
Difficulty:  Class III 600-1500 cfs , Class IV 1500-2500 cfs
Gradient:  70 feet per mile
Run Length:  12 miles
Current Streamflow:  1110 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:00 AM - LOCHSA RIVER NR LOWELL ID, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  600-2500 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

A boaters gauge is painted on the bridge abutment at the take-out. At flows of 3 feet or less, the run will be around a class III. Above 3 feet, the class goes up a notch. Optimum flow correlates with around 1.5 to 3 feet on the Lochsa gauge.

Season Comments:  June
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Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
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Tributary-White Sand Creek, Lower on the Lochsa River

This is a great run for a long, enjoyable day in a remote wilderness with no big drops. The river is beautiful and the pristine wilderness teems with wildlife. The first section contains some easy continuous class IV with some tricky moves to keep you on your toes. The last three miles open up and can be rocky at lower flows.

Last Edited by bradgoet on 5/26/2011

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