In 1968 Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act protecting eight wild rivers recognized for their outstanding wilderness, resource and/or water quality values. The Clearwater River along with its major tributaries, the Selway and Lochsa, were among the first eight protected rivers. ROW Adventures is proud to offer whitewater rafting trips on all three of these national treasures.
One day rafting trips on the mellow Middle Fork of the Clearwater are offered from its beginning to the town of Kooskia, Idaho, some 22 miles downstream. Primarily a scenic float trip, the Clearwater can be floated in shorter stretches of 8-10 miles. With a couple of Class II rapids, the river is a perfect introduction to rafting and a great option for a family trip.
You can choose to ride in a raft or to paddle your own sit-on-top or inflatable kayak. No previous river rafting experience is required for this gentle float trip. The option to stay at the nearby River Dance Lodge makes the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River a wonderful lodge-based family rafting adventure.
The Clearwater River is surrounded by the 1.3 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, portions of which are a temperate rainforest. Some of the plants found here are also found on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. A rafting day trip floats you through thick cedar, fir and larch forest, and the riverbanks are overgrown with emerald ferns, spongy mosses, huckleberries and mountain spray.
As you paddle, you're likely to see osprey, bald eagles, waterfowl and maybe even a playful river otter. You'll also learn from our knowledgeable guides about the Nez Perce Tribe, the original inhabitants of this land. Traditionally these were rich fishing waters and today you can still see salmon jumping at Selway falls early in the summer.
Your rafting or kayaking adventure begins and ends at the River Dance Lodge, Idaho's Outdoor Adventure Resort, situated on the banks of the Clearwater River. Surrounded by spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery and forests of leafy cedar and gargantuan white pine, River Dance Lodge is the perfect all-inclusive vacation resort.