A rare piece of the untouched west.
For right-brained people
As far as river trips in the Lower 48 are concerned, the Selway is the ultimate. Take the rapids of the Tuolumne, the remoteness of the Illinois, the scenery of the Middle Fork Salmon, the hiking of the Yampa, the campsites of the Main Salmon, etc. etc. etc. and the Selway stands shoulder to shoulder with all of them. And the fishing and lack of other people is head and shoulders ABOVE all of them. We love this place so much we schedule an extra day right in the middle of our trips so that we can enjoy it even more; a layover day where we don’t travel downstream but rather spend two nights at the same camp and gorge ourselves on the cornucopia of Selway treats. The gung-ho take an epic, all-day hike to the Schissler Peak fire lookout and then return with stories of marmots and eagles and bears; the not-so-gung-ho take a nap and then listen. Everyone has a gin and tonic. Pretty amazing place. We are privileged to be one of only four outfitters licensed to offer trips here; and thankful.
"I treasured feeling as though we were the only group in the magnificent alpine wilderness. Quite a contrast to other rivers I've paddled. It was so cosmic to paddle with all the butterflies and birdies around us. What a gorgeous, gorgeous place"