"The Selway, which meets the Lochsa near the hamlet of Lowell, is a different character. Where the Lochsa is stirred and frenzied, the Selway is more meditative, deeper, moving at a much gentler pace for the most part. It is another one of the places here that reminds me of Alaska, mainly because of the wildlife. While hiking and fishing the Selway, I've seen moose, elk, black bears, every manner of raptor, and have come upon tracks of cougars, the most elusive of Rocky Mountain inhabitants."
- New York Times, "The Last Wilderness" July 1, 2007
The Selway River flows through Idaho's Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and is considered a premier whitewater floating trip. The free-flowing river has a short season and very limited launches. The Lower Selway is easy/intermediate whitewater in a unique rainforest ecosystem and an area with rich cultural history. Your rafting or kayaking adventure on the Selway begins and ends at River Dance Lodge, Idaho's Outdoor Adventure Resort.
The Selway River is protected by the U.S. Congress under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and is one of Idaho's most pristine rivers. This piece of Idaho is unique because it includes a temperate rainforest. Some of the plants found here are also found on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, but nowhere else. ROW's Lower Selway rafting trips float you through a scenic masterpiece.
Just one launch per day is permitted, and a Selway rafting trip carries you through a thick forest of cedar, fir and larch. The Selway's banks are overgrown with emerald ferns, spongy mosses, huckleberries and mountain spray. You'll likely see osprey, bald eagles and waterfowl as you paddle your raft or kayak, and if you're lucky, you might even spot a playful river otter.
What to Bring:
- Sunglasses with retaining head strap - such as "Chums"
- Swimsuit and/or quick-dry top and bottom
- Tennis shoes or sport sandals with straps (No flip flops)
- Personal water bottle
- Waterproof camera (optional)
- Towel for the end of the day (optional)
- Polypropylene long underwear or non-cotton base layer for under shorts on cold days.
*Please note we require a minimum of 2 guests to run a trip. If you're on your own, however, you can still join in the fun! We'll be sure to place you with another group in order to confirm your trip.