Whitewater Rafting

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The Lochsa (pronounced lock-saw) is truly one of the best rivers in the world for adrenaline soaked
adventure in the midst of the stunning Idaho wilderness. Our Riley Flats River Camp is the perfect place
to warm up and relax while the crew prepares a hot meal that will satisfy any appetite.

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Full Day: $170/person


Minimum Age



Adventure Level

  • Intermediate


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In an attempt to try and disconnect from the daily task and distractions of everyday life, we keep things simple down here. We offer one trip, at the same time, every single day that we run the river. The standard 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.

Are YOU ready to crush some whitewater?

White Water Rafting The Lochsa River Quick Facts

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  • 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 homemade riverside lunch.
  • Our minimum age requirement depends on river levels and your prior experience.
  • Our trips meet at Ryan’s Wilderness Inn at HWY 12, mile 97.5.
  • We operate on Pacific Standard Time!
  • In general, the bigger the group, the bigger your discount! Book 11 or more people, and we’ll take 10% off. We also offer 10% discounts for all veterans and active service members.

Lochsa River Whitewater Rafting

Zoo Town Surfers offers exhilarating commercial trips on 10 and 20-mile stretches of the stunning Lochsa River. These trips are designed to cater to both adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts, providing an unforgettable experience on one of Idaho’s most renowned rivers. The shorter 10-mile trip is perfect for those looking to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting, while the longer 20-mile stretch offers a more extended adventure, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the river’s dynamic rapids and scenic beauty.

Each trip is guided by experienced professionals who ensure safety and maximize the fun. As you navigate the dynamic rapids of the Lochsa River, you’ll be surrounded by the lush, dense forests of the Clearwater National Forest, offering breathtaking views and a chance to connect with nature. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or a first-time adventurer, these trips provide the perfect combination of excitement and natural splendor, making for an unforgettable day on the water. There is so much beauty to experience! 

What You Bring

  • Quick-drying breathable clothing (no cotton!)
  • Swimsuit
  • Extra fleece hat or swim cap
  • Gloves (buy some cheap neoprene ones)
  • Dry clothes for after
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks and beverages for after
  • Extra cash for tip and merchandise
  • Renting a drysuit is recommended

What We Provide

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

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