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Clearwater River (Middle Fork), Idaho

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service, Clearwater National Forest
U.S. Forest Service, Nez Perce National Forest


Designated Reach:

October 2, 1968. The Middle Fork from the town of Kooskia upstream to the town of Lowell. The Lochsa River from its confluence with the Selway River at Lowell (forming the Middle Fork) upstream to the Powell Ranger Station. The Selway River from Lowell upstream to its origin.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 54.0 miles; Recreational — 131.0 miles; Total — 185.0 miles.

Middle Fork Clearwater River

Clearwater River (Middle Fork)

The Middle Fork Clearwater includes the Lochsa and Selway Rivers, premier whitewater rivers. Part of the exploration route of Lewis and Clark follows the Lochsa River. Most of the Selway lies in Idaho's Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. These rivers offer clear, clean water, beautiful scenery with great plant diversity and abundant wildlife.