Why We Love The Selway River
Deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, black bear, otter, eagles, osprey, and owls thrive in this protected area.
Experience a torrent of rapids, including Moose Juice, a three-mile stretch with several Class IV rapids, a huge highlight of the trip.
Considered one of the purest, most exhilarating rivers in the American West – a limited number of permitted travelers, guarantees you will experience beauty and solitude like nowhere else.
FLY FISHING EXPEDITION
Enjoy the challenge and thrill of catch and release fishing on the Selway for cutthroat and rainbow trout.
You will be guided through each step of this journey by experienced guides with knowledge of the river and region.
“In the slanting sun of late afternoon the shadows of great branches reached from across the river, and the trees took the river in their arms. The shadows continued up the bank, until they included us.”
― Norman Maclean
Legend has it that Selway River was named for the Nez Perce word “Sal-wah”, meaning “smooth water”. On this trip, you will run 48-miles of river for 5 days from the Paradise Creek put-in to Race Creek take-out, taking you into the heart of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area. The uniqueness of the Selway is partly attributed to a Forest Service policy that permits only 1,300 boaters to run the river each year, making it one of the most sought after river experiences in the world. Trips are set up so that only one trip can depart each day, which means as you travel along the river, you will never see another boat and have the choice of best camping sites, swimming holes, and fishing spots throughout the trip.
Length: 5 days
Price: $2,199 per person
Season: June – July
Min. Age: 12 years
Activity: Whitewater Rafting
Adventure Level: Strong
This is not a tour; it’s an expedition!
A flexible, open attitude is a necessity. You will be immersed in the varying elements of nature. There is no set daily itinerary, electricity, or indoor plumbing. There is plenty of adventure, camaraderie, good food, and beautiful backcountry scenery.
We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.
The trip will begin in scenic Missoula, Montana where you will have a meeting the evening before the trip with your outfitter. The following morning, you will be shuttled to the Paradise Creek put-in spot by the outfitter.
On the last day of the trip, you will arrive at the Race Creek take-out spot where the outfitter will shuttle you back to Missoula, Montana.
Your outfitter will provide all the camping and river related safety equipment, along with plenty of fresh food, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks. Transportation to the put-in point and take-out point from/to your start city is also included.
June weather is typically in the low 70’s°F during the day and around 40°F at night with occasional precipitation. In July, daytime temperatures are around 80°F, dipping down to the 40°F at night with less chance for rain.
The Selway River
The Selway River is a large tributary of the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River that flows through the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area, which covers 1.25 million acres of relatively untouched wilderness. The forces of geologic change have shaped this country into a rugged jumble of steep canyons, mountains, rivers, and forests. Large groves of Western Red Cedars rise over 100 feet alongside the river’s edge while crystal clear waters and deep pools provide ample opportunities to get in some superb fishing.
Boats & Group Size
On the Selway the outfitter offers two types of boats. Oar rafts are 18 feet long, carry all the overnight gear and up to 3 guests. They are rowed by a guide using oars attached to a metal frame. Paddle rafts are 14 feet long and carry between 4 and 6 paddlers who actively paddle through the rapids and down the river. Everyone has a paddle and follows the commands of the paddle guide.
Whether you’re an experienced camper or it’s your first time under the stars, our outfitters are specialists in facilitating an enjoyable and relaxing camping experience. Your outfitter will provide a full sleep kit with a tent, sleeping bag, and inflated sleeping pad. Everyone participates in setting up and breaking down camp. A clean, private camp toilet is set up first thing upon arrival at camp and it is the last thing to be dismantled the next morning.
One thing is certain on a Selway rafting trip: There will be plenty of food! Meals are well-balanced and consist of quality foods with fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables. The guides double as camp chefs and the menu includes a wide variety of dishes. Lunches usually consist of hand-foods and are served picnic-style at riverside stops. Dinners and breakfasts are cooked over an open fire and often include delicious Dutch Oven baked treats. Plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are offered throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages are not included, but you are welcome to bring your own. With advance notice, all outfitters are able to accommodate for special dietary requirements.