The Selway River Trip is a premier mountain wilderness, whitewater, camping, and fly fishing trip that flows through beautiful forested canyons. It is easy to consider the Selway to be the ultimate rafting trip. River banks are lined with Grand Fir, Douglas Fir, Cedar, Ponderosa Pine, Hemlock… Rapids are challenging, the area is remote, and the scenery and water quality are outstanding.
For 47 river miles from Paradise launch site to take-out at Race Creek the river descends over 1300 feet for an average gradient of 28 feet per mile. There are countless tributary creeks, and the Selway’s volume grows quickly. At Mile 26.5 Moose Creek joins the Selway. Rapids that follow the confluence with Moose Creek are renown as “Moose Juice”.
Great time with Hughes River Exp…. Thanks again.”
G. Coker, Denver, CO
Rafting the Selway
There are plenty of calm stretches, however, the Selway is a whitewater trip. There are 38 named rapids including the well-known Galloping Gertie, Washer Woman, Cougar Bluff, Ping Pong Alley, Goat Creek, Bear Creek, Rodeo, Pettibone, Dog Creek, Magpie, Ham, Tony Point, Divide, Double Drop, Grizzly Saddle, Ladle, Little Niagara, Puzzle Creek, No Slouch, Miranda Jane, Osprey, Tango, Wolf Cr, Jims Creek, Cupboard Creek, and more. Difficulty ranges from Class II to Class IV+. Goat Creek, Ham, Double Drop, Ladle & Wolf Creek are highlights.
The trips are outfitted with self-bailing oar and paddle rafts.
Fly Fishing on the Selway River
Blue ribbon fly fishing for wild Westslope Cutthroat Trout. Catch and release regulations with single barbless hooks on both the Selway and tributaries. Check with the Hughes Office for details.
Your trip will encounter few if any other river runners. Selway River Management by the Bitterroot National Forest limits use to a single launch per day. There are only four outfitters permitted for the river. We are privileged to be one of the four. Group size is limited to 16 total people, including guides. Check with the Hughes Office for details.
Off the River
Camps are incredible. Many among the best in the West. A river trail and side trails offer hiking opportunities.
Wildlife includes elk, mule deer, black bear, cougar, otter, beaver, mink, osprey, eagles, and a variety of song birds.
Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wilderness
The Selway River is protected as one of the “original eight” National Wild and Scenic Rivers. On the Selway we float inside the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (1.3 million acres, 2,094 square miles). Special Use Permit by the West Fork Ranger District, Bitterroot National Forest. The Selway trip travels through the Bitterroot and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Hughes River Expeditions, Inc. is one of only four outfitters permitted and licensed to outfit trips on the Selway River.
The Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness Areas are practically contiguous. Barely separated by a 95 mile rugged winding gravel road called the Magruder Corridor. The Frank Church totals 2.36 million acres (3,698 square miles). The Gospel Hump Wilderness includes 205,796 acres (322 square miles) and is adjacent to the Frank Church. Combining the Selway-Bitterroot, Frank Church, and Gospel Hump Wilderness areas creates a vast 3.87 million acre (6,114 square mile) wilderness complex. This is the largest intact piece of wild land in the United States outside of Alaska. Idaho’s Selway, Middle Fork of the Salmon, and Main Salmon – River of No Return flow through these wilderness lands. Hughes River Expeditions, Inc. is thrilled to outfit for the public on each of these spectacular Idaho rivers.
Hughes River Expeditions, Inc. is one of only two river companies to hold Special Use Permits to outfit rafting trips on both the Selway River and the Middle Fork Salmon. We are convinced they are the best wilderness rivers in the USA. We take this opportunity seriously.
2022 Selway River Trip Schedule and Rates
|Dates||Length||Adult / Youth
|June 18-22*||5 Days||$2,999||Full|
|June 26-July 1*||6 Days||$3,500||Full|
|July 14-19*||6 Days||$3,500||Full|
|July 25-30*||6 Days||$3,500||Full|
|Early August Fishing Trip**||6 Days||$3,750||Full|
2023 Selway River Trip Schedule and Rates
|Dates||Length||Adult / Youth
|June 18-22*||5 Days||$3,250||Full|
|June 26-30*||5 Days||$3,250||Full|
|July 14-19*||6 Days||$3,750||Full|
|July 25-30*||6 Days||$3,750||Full|
|Early August Fishing Trip**||6 Days||$4,000||Inquire|
* 10 Guests/6 Guides
** 8 Guest/8 Guides (Fishing Trip)
Deposit: $750/person for 5 Day and 6 Day Trips
Depending on water levels and road conditions, flights may be required to reach the river. When required flight cost is $195/person payable to pilots at the time of your flight. Flight cost may vary. Check with the Office.
This institution is operated under Special Use Permit from the Bitterroot National Forest. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Selway Group Size
The US Forest Service management plan for the Selway limits trips to 16 total people – including guides. Our normal group size for Selway trips numbers 10 clients and 6 guides or 11 clients and 5 guides. This guest to guide ratio helps HRE provide a variety of river craft that match up with river conditions on various flows.
During early August HRE outfits a special Fly Fishing Trip with 8 anglers and 8 guides. One angler per raft and guide. This early August trip is during the Selway “post season”, and the dates will vary somewhat year to year.
Selway River Trip Information Documents
This institution is operated under special use permit with the Bitterroot National Forest. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.