We at Bearpaw River Expeditions feel that the
Lochsa River is one of the best white-water rivers out
there. The Lochsa originates on the western slope of The
Bitterroot Mountains, far into the wilds of the Clearwater
National Forest. The river quickly gains momentum as it
cascades down stream- soon it becomes a river that
challenges boaters with technical “tread the needle” type
rapids like Ten Pin. And
the Lochsa will also thoroughly soak anybody that charges
through the standing waves and churning holes in rapids like
The Grim Reaper , Lochsa Falls, or
Our guides are seasoned river runners and will enhance
your white-water experience while maintaining the overall
safety of your trip. Each of our guests will be supplied
with a complete set of white-water gear.
This includes a
helmet, a neoprene wet suit, a warm fleece pullover, a
splash jacket, neoprene booties, a personal flotation
device, and a
paddle. For more specific information about
our gear, view the list of gear to bring on the “Gear Up”
page to be completely prepared for your Lochsa adventure.
All of our trips include hot, satisfying meals served
from our river-side camp kitchen. On a 1 day trip this would
include a tasty and healthy lunch. Multi-day trips include a
full menu of delicious river recipes that will please any
and every hungry boater.
Bearpaw guests who take a multi-day trip will camp at our
seasonally permanent river camp. We have it all set up! We
have a large wall tent, an awning for rainy times, a gas
BBQ, chairs, all the fixin's for a big fire, and lots of
other stuff. We will bring your sleeping tent. If you need a
ground pad, sleeping bag, rain gear, or anything else, let
View the river route by clicking the map
Pre-trip Safety Outline
||Click on the
following link for current stats on
snow-pack levels in the Lochsa Region. Once on the
page, look for the snow level in the Clearwater
Basin- the home of the Lochsa River.
this link for real-time stats about the Lochsa stream flow and water level. Look under
“Clearwater Basin – Lochsa River NR Lowell, ID”.
Keep in mind that these water levels do not show the
bridge gauge at Lowell- the Bridge Gauge at Lowell
is the most often used gauge by river rafters.