Class IV Lochsa River, ID

Upper Lochsa (White Pine to Fish Creek)

The classic "Upper Lochsa" is a great continuous class IV whitewater run.

Logistics: The put-in is at White Pine at Highway 12 mile 138.5 and the take-out is at Wilderness Gateway Bridge at Highway 12 mile 122.7. For those looking to shorten the run, alternative river access points include Dead Mile at Highway 12 mile 127.5, Department of Transportation Bald Mountain Maintenance Facility at Highway 12 mile 128.4. Nine Mile at Highway 12 mile 129.5, or wherever you find a convenient pull-out along this stretch of river.

While there are several camping options along the entire Lochsa River, including some nice undeveloped sites, Wilderness Gateway Campground, the take-out for this run, at Highway 12 mile 122.7 (cross the bridge to the campground on river left) offers the most sites and is a popular gathering place for whitewater paddlers in the spring.

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Section Details

Trip Length Partial Day, 13.0 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit No
Manager U.S. Forest Service, Nez Perce Clearwater N.F.
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater
Photo Credit: Brian Mattingly