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The Selway River

A rare piece of the untouched west.

For right-brained people

whitewater rafting on the Selway, Idaho's wildest riverAs 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"

Karen Raasch

For left-brained people:

  • The Selway River in one word:
  • Incomparable
  • In another word:
  • Privilege
  • Best known for:
  • Solitude
  • No other trip has:
  • Only one group launching per day
  • Expect to:
  • Have lots of stories
  • You can also:
  • Visit Glacier National Park
  • Signature Rapid:
  • Moose Juice
  • Types of boats:
  • Oar & paddle
  • Meeting Place:
  • Missoula, MT
  • Length in days: 5
  • Length in miles: 47
  • Overall difficulty: IV
  • Highest difficulty:IV+ (4)
  • Rapids perday: ~12
  • Gradient: 28 feet/mile
  • Rapids:spacer5 stars
  • Scenery:spacer5+ stars
  • Wilderness: 5+ stars
  • Swimming:spacer3 stars
  • Hiking:spacer5 stars
  • Campsites:spacer5 stars
  • Wildlife:spacer4 1/2 stars
  • Fishing:spacer5+ stars

    Ponderosa Pine -
    Ponderosa pine(Pinus ponderosa) – From the Latin “ponderosus” meaning “great weight” these towering sentinels stand watch over our favorite campsites and shade some of our best lunch spots. They can grow to over 250 feet tall and live for more than 500 years, (meaning they were shading lunch spots before “lunch” was even invented).