Selway River - Paradise to Selway Falls

Idaho-US  

Description

The selway river could be the hardest permit to get on any river in the United States.  With very limited launches and many lottery entrants, the statistics are not in your favor.  If you are one of the select chosen few to receive a permit and spend time on this river, consider yourself extremely lucky.

The season is somewhat short unless you want to plan on a low water run which begins in mid summer through fall.  Low water makes the rapids less intense but harder to get big boats down loaded with gear.  As with most things in life, you have to balance the tradeoff of high water craziness vs low water boney runs.

Gauge guide found at Oregon Kayaking website:

http://oregonkayaking.net/rivers/selway/selway.html

 

Paradise Gauge: Feet

Paradise Gauge: CFS

Lowell Gauge: CFS

Rating

1

860

1,000

III-IV

2

1,140

5,000

III-IV

3

1,610

8,750

III-IV

4

2,430

12,500

IV

5

3,410

16,300

IV

6

4,560

20,300

IV

7

5,845

24,250

IV-V

8

7,685

28,000

IV-V

Statistics

KSC
Class IV- to V
Current Flow 736.0 CFS
09-23-2017 01:00
Recommended Flow Minimum: 700.0
Average: 12500.0
Maximum: 35000.0
Typical Season Begins: April
Ends: September
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: Yes
SUP: No
Packrafting: No
Fishing: Yes
Primary Gauge SELWAY RIVER NR LOWELL ID
Length 47.0 Mile(s)
Gradient FPM
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Tom navigating his dory

06-26-2012 - One of many fun rapids on the Selway

Photo By: Kevin Cripps

Subject: Tom Wells