Middle Fork – Clearwater River

The Lochsa and the Selway come together at Lowell to form the Middle Fork of the Clearwater. Along Hwy 12 below Lowell is a pleasant summer Class II canoe float. During spring runoff, the river could be dangerous for canoes because of high river flows. The riverbed is wide at this point. The beginning of the float begins in lush cedar forests but gradually drier vegetation becomes more pronounced towards the end.

While in the area, we recommend driving up the Selway for a look at the falls. You could consider a float down the lower section of the Selway. This would make an excellent family canoe trip, first time raft or fishing trip. In the fall, this is premium steelhead country.

River Stats: Difficulty: II- to II+; Trip
Length: 23 mi.; Put in: Lowell; Take Out:
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