Highlights
  • Explore Idaho
  • Experience the nature by visiting Bitterroot Mountains
  • Enjoy the rafting and whitewater rafting in Lochsa River

Few whitewater rafting trips anywhere on earth offer as much continuous, explosive whitewater as Idaho's Lochsa River* (pronounced Lock-Saw). This one to three day rafting trip is big white water that satisfies the appetite for thrills for intermediate and expert rafters. Some rivers are big and slow while others are fast and technical.


The Lochsa combines the best of both – it’s fast, technical and has a big volume of water. This makes for raft-smashing waves, big hydraulics and holes, and paddler-bashing excitement. Add supreme Idaho mountain scenery, talented guides and great service and you have the best whitewater rafting trips on the Lochsa River available.

Trip Description

Because there are no dams to artificially control the flow of the river, the river’s flow follows a bell curve, starting out low in the early spring, reaching its peak in late spring and then gradually dropping into the summer. It all begins sometime in April as warmer spring days start to melt the high-mountain snow. This brings the river level up and the Lochsa season begins. By mid-May temperatures are warmer than they were in April and consequently, more snow melts. This brings the river’s level up higher. May 15 to June 15 is generally the time of peak flows on the Lochsa. After June 15th the river levels begin to gradually taper off. Bear in mind that every year is different and flows depend on how much snow is in the mountains and whether or not we have a cool, wet spring or a warm, dry spring. There are many variables that make any exact predictions impossible. But over the decades that we’ve been running the Lochsa, peak flows are usually from May 15 to June 15.

Does this mean that this is the “best” time to run the Lochsa? Not necessarily. The answer depends on what you are looking for. Those with previous rafting experience who are seeking maximum thrills will want to join us during this high water season. Others may prefer those times when the river is somewhat lower, the weather is warmer and the technical challenges of the river increase. After mid-June, as the water drops, more and more rocks and boulders become exposed creating some of the most challenging technical whitewater rafting in the country. It requires extra finesse and skill to guide the rapids at this time of year. Temperatures also increase warming the water and making for beautiful summer rafting days. As we approach early July the river becomes even more technical. We run the Lochsa every year as long as we can and this will vary, depending on the winter snows and spring weather. In general we go until about July 10th. Some years we have to stop earlier and on other years we’ve run until July 20th or so. Even at lower flows the Lochsa knocks the socks off most other rivers in terms of exciting whitewater.

Note that we have minimum age recommendations. If you are a family with teenagers, join us after June 15th when the river isn’t quite so big and the weather is warmer. You’ll still find this to be one of the most exciting whitewater trips in the world!

The Lochsa River was one of the original six rivers protected by the U.S. Congress in 1968 as part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, in part because it is one of the world's greatest whitewater trips. If you've ever rafted West Virginia's Gauley or California's Tuolumne, compare these to the Lochsa and you'll find a new pinnacle of whitewater rafting excitement.

Lochsa whitewater rafting adventures begin and end at the River Dance Lodge, Idaho's Outdoor Adventure Resort. Situated along the banks of the Clearwater River and surrounded by spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery, the River Dance Lodge is the perfect all-inclusive vacation resort if you're looking for a weekend getaway to go with your Lochsa whitewater trip. Package pricing is available.

 
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What a great time! January 2017

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This was our first trip and definitely won't be our last! The guides are really fun and lunch exceeded expectations. Thanks so much Jake, Ben & Ashley for making this the highlight of our summer!!

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ROW Adventures combines luxury and adventure with a unique emphasis on people and human connection. January 2017

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I've had the privilege of working with ROW Adventures all over the world as a filmmaker. Having been on so many trips, both domestic and international, I have a pretty good knowledge as to how this company operates.

A few things stand out on every ROW trip, regardless of destination. First being the guides. These are people who genuinely love what they do. They're passionate, attentive, professional, safety-oriented, friendly, and generally fun people to be around. They're accommodating to individual needs and do their best to make sure you are comfortable and enjoying your vacation to the maximum.

The next thing that stands out is the food. It doesn't matter if you're on a 6 day whitewater rafting and camping trip, the food is gourmet. Prime rib, chicken mole, salmon, eggs Benedict, and a variety of expansive sandwhich spreads are just a few examples of ROW's typical "camp" food.

Perhaps their best feature though, is their emphasis on human connection. In the end, these are trips that are very often life changing. ROW is dedicated to curating life changing experiences that draw families closer to each other, create new friendships between guests and guides, and educate everyone involved about how tourism can work to the continued protection of our great outdoors.

If you're looking at booking an adventure trip, whether it be in North America or abroad, I would recommend ROW Adventures in a heartbeat.
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Worth it! October 2015

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What a great time we had with this group!! We rafted the Lochsa, and it will be a day to remember!! Thanks Chris for giving us a fantastic ride.
If you are thinking about doing a raft trip, perhaps the Lochsa??...do it with this group! They were Fun,entertaining, educational, smart about the river, and lunch was over the top!! This was not our first time rafting, however first time with a guide...well worth every dime. We will be back to do it again!
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Went above and beyond October 2015

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Awesome Galapagos adventure, spectacular guides. Solved any issued we had. Went above and beyond what was expected. Thank you what a stupendous trip, headed out for the second leg to the Amazon, expecting more of the same.
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Best Tour Operator! October 2015

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What a blast we had last week on the Happy Hour float down the Spokane river. What made it even better was our guide, Will who kept us laughing especially at his "geese stacking rock" joke! Can't wait for my next trip with Row Adventures!! Your the BEST!
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AWESOME! October 2015

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Off the Snake for 24 hours sure missing the river, slow pace!
To the Guides Mark, Brit, Chris, Brian, Ashley and Maddie you were AWESOME!
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Itinerary

Days 1-3

Meals: Lunch

Choose a 1-day 20-mile trip, a Super 1-Day 30-mile trip or a 2-3 day adventure. Join ROW Adventures, the most experienced outfitter on the Lochsa for the best whitewater on earth!

Only outfitter who offers cabins with private hot tubs! (River Dance Lodge)

Only outfitter who has glamping tents!

No other Lochsa company has more knowledgable guides ready to share their stories of the regions natural and cultural history.

Hands down, best lunch on the river!

Superb gear to keep you warmer.

We are the longest-operating company on the Lochsa under the same ownership.

We are the FUN rafting company...why would you go with anyone else?

There are only a few outfitters who raft the Lochsa River. Be confident in our unmatched history, expertise and quality.

Dates & Pricing
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$ 745

Price Per Day:

$ 248 per day
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Classic Trip - $105 Mon-Fri, $120 Sat-Sun
  • Super Trip - $145 Mon-Fri, $160 Sat-Sun
  • 2-day Trip - $355 Mon-Wed start, $395 Thur-Sun start
  • 3-day Trip - $745 Mon-Wed start, $785 Thur-Sun Start
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Optional Activities

Combination trips with mountain biking and/or hiking also available.

Meals Included:

1 Lunch

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Our guest to guide ratio is six guests per guide.
Accomodations

Trips depart and end at our own River Dance Lodge, which was nominated as one of National Geographic’s top 150 places to stay. All-inclusive Lochsa packages that combine rafting, dining and accommodations in our rustic luxury log cabins with private hot tubs are available for your convenience.

Start City
Syringa
End City
Syringa
Guides

Most of our guides are Certified Interpretive Guides, an independant national certification from the National Association of Interpretation. This means your whitewater experience will be enriched with stories about the Nez Perce Indians, the Lewis & Clark trail, local area history and flora and fauna.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations And Refunds

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify ROW Adventures in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan ROW offers.

Age Notes

Minimum age is 17 in high water

Min. Age: 15

Additional Information:

ROW is proud to be an Equal Opportunity recreation service provider under permit from the U.S. Forest Service. We operate under special use permit from the Clearwater National Forest. All our operations and facilities are operated on a non-discriminatory basis.  ROW is bonded and fully licensed by the states of Idaho, Washington and Oregon. We are members of: America Outdoors, Idaho Outfitters and Guides Assn., Montana Outfitters and Guides Assn., National Association of Interpretation; Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and many other effective organizations.

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