Bureau of Land Management National Park Service US Fish and Wildlife Service US Forest Service

Rapid River, Idaho

Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Nez Perce National Forest


Designated Reach:

December 31, 1975. The segment from the headwaters of the main stem to the national forest boundary. The segment of the West Fork from the wilderness boundary downstream to the confluence with the main stem.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 26.8 miles; Total — 26.8 miles.

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Rapid River

The water quality of Rapid River is exceptional; the river contains three listed fish species, chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout, and associated critical habitat. The river's scenery is also outstanding; the steep gradient and narrow canyon focus the viewer's perspective on the fast-moving water and diverse riparian vegetation.