Middle Fork Clearwater [CL1]


The Lochsa and the Selway come together at Lowell to form the Middle Fork of the Clearwater. Along U.S. 12 below Lowell is a pleasant summer Class II canoe float. In the fall this is premium steelhead country.

The riverbed is wide at this point, as 30,000 cfs and more can flow through here during spring run-off. This river would be dangerous for canoes at this time. The beginning of the float begins in lush cedar forests but gradually drier vegetation becomes more pronounced towards the end.

While in the area, we recommend driving up the Selway for a look at the falls. You could consider a float down the lower section of the Selway. This would make an excellent family canoe trip, first time raft or fishing trip.


Put in at Lowell bridge at the confluence of the Lochsa and Selway rivers. Also higher put-ins up the Selway and the Lochsa are excellent possibilities as well. Take out at various places along U.S. 12.Camping: Some good camping exists up the Selway and Lochsa rivers and above Syringa but little is to be found below.

River Stats



II- to II+

Trip Length

23 mi.


All Year


USGS Realtime Streamflow