The best whitewater river in North America, no other whitewater rafting trips offer the kind of explosive, continuous whitewater that the Lochsa River in Idaho does. Lochsa rafting, 1-3 day trips, is packed with whitewater thrills awaiting the adrenaline seeker.
Lochsa rafting features technical, fast and high volume water. This provides big holes and hydraulics, raft smashing waves and a lot of paddler bashing thrills. The Idaho Mountain is simply majestic. With its beautiful scenery, and our high quality service and guides, our Lochsa rafting trips are some of the best whitewater rafting runs in the world.
You can join the ROW Adventure Center for a great whitewater experience on the Lochsa River by choosing a 2-3 day adventure, Super One-Day 30 mile trip, or our most popular, one day 20 mile trip.
So what are you waiting for?! The season is short, spots fill up quickly...give us a call today and book a whitewater rafting day of a lifetime! Contact us at 208-770-25171 or 866-836-9340.
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More info on the Lochsa River
The Lochsa boasts more than 40 major rapids as it runs from its headwaters in the Bitterroot Mountains to where it eventually meets up with the Selway and Clearwater rivers. Names such The Grim Reaper, Bloody Mary, Ten Pin Alley, Mile Long and the incomparable Lochsa Falls, hint at the excitement the rapids have in store for those willing to brave them. While our guides have led whitewater excursions world wide, most agree that the Lochsa, with its unusually long and frequent rapids, is their favorite. Each spring, guides vie for the chance to return to the thrills of the incomparable Lochsa.
Our trips along the free-flowing Lochsa begin as soon as the winter snow in the region begins to melt, usually in early May. Rafting adventure continues on the Lochsa until the water level drops too low, usually sometime between mid-July and early August. Since there are no dams along the river, water flow on the Lochsa tends to be the slowest at the beginning and end of the season, with the highest water levels occurring in the late spring. May 15 through June 15 is generally the time of peak water flows before the waters gradually begin to recede. While these guidelines may help you decide when to schedule your trip, please remember that every year is different, with the flow of any given year depending heavily on snow pack and temperatures. In our experience, after decades of guiding on the Lochsa, we have found that May 15-June 15 is almost always the time of peak flow.
Another factor to consider when planning your Lochsa trip is that not all guests agree that the times of peak flow are the best time to run the river. More experienced guests seeking maximum adventure will want to plan their runs for this time, while others may prefer the more technical challenges that come with lower water levels. As the water level drops after mid-June, the exposed rocks and boulders create some of the country's most challenging whitewater, requiring extra skill and agility to navigate the rapids. While the water level is lower, there is still a seemingly endless procession of electrifying rapids. The farther into the season, the more technical the run becomes. We guide trips along the Lochsa each year as long as we can, depending on water flow, but generally our last runs are between July 10 — July 20.
Please be aware that on this particular trip we do have a minimum age recommendation. If your group includes teenagers, please plan to join us after the fifteenth of June when the warmer weather and slower water make the river slightly safer for younger guests.