Lochsa River

Sun., Sat.
6 hours

Join us in disconnecting from the daily tasks and distractions of everyday life! Our Lochsa run is from Nine Mile to Knife Edge – 20 miles of action-packed whitewater. At the put-in, we will gear up, listen to an in-depth safety orientation, and paddle downstream for ten miles, tackling rapids with names like County Corner, Christmas, and Ten Pin Alley. We will then enjoy a freshly prepared riverside lunch at our Riley Flats Camp. Once you’re all fueled up, it’s time to get back in the raft and crush the big waves and holes that are waiting for you downstream. Rapids like House, Bloody Mary, Grim Reaper, Lochsa Falls and Termination will leave you dreaming of Lochsa whitewater for the rest of the summer! Our Lochsa guides are seasoned veterans, many of whom have been guiding on the river for over 10 years. We know the river inside and out. We respect it. We love it! Our professional guides will enhance your whitewater experience while maintaining the overall safety of your trip.

What's included ?

  • Riverside lunch
  • Helmet
  • PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket
  • Neoprene coat
  • Fleece
  • Booties
  • Paddles
  • Raft
  • Shuttle
  • Guide

What to bring ?

  • Quick-drying or breathable clothing (No cotton!)
  • Swimsuit
  • Extra fleece hat
  • Gloves (buy some cheap neoprene ones)
  • Dry clothes for after
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks and beverages for after
  • Renting a drysuit is recommended
  • Gratuities are accepted via cash or Venmo

Other considerations

Trips meet at Wilderness Gateway Campground. WE MEET AT 8:00 PST (TIME ZONE CHANGES WHEN YOU GO OVER LOLO PASS) Meeting spot is 2 hours from Missoula No cell phone or internet service so be prepared! Consider renting a drysuit at the Trailhead or Loveboat. This river is freezing cold! The Lochsa is a designated Wild and Scenic River. You’ll crush 20 miles of Class III-IV whitewater. Higher flows are between mid April through the end of May. You must be in good physical shape and have ability to self-rescue during high water. Variable factors affect river levels and the length of Lochsa season. We only use top-notch equipment. Your trip includes a delicious riverside lunch. Our minimum age requirement depends on river levels and your prior experience. Camping: Wilderness Gateway, O'Hara Bar, Wild Goose. Ton's of other unmarked spots.