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Rafters enjoy spring whitewater in summer warmth on Lochsa


A crew of Spokane funseekers joins River Odysseys West rafting guides on the Lochsa River for premium whitewater. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
A crew of Spokane funseekers joins River Odysseys West rafting guides on the Lochsa River for premium whitewater. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

RIVER RUNNING — Spring runoff on Idaho's Lochsa River attracts whitewater rafting enthusiasts from around the region regardless of the weather.

But this year's big snowpack and late runoff has created a rare and wonderful condition: Exhilarating spring whitewater flows in summer weather conditions.

No frost on the wetsuit!

The water is currently flowing at fast and fun levels like guests typically see in late May and early June and will continue to be great for another month,” says Peter Grubb at ROW Adventures based in Coeur d'Alene.

“Normally the Lochsa gets low by early July, but not this year.”

Grubb says this year is providing the best whitewater conditions in decades.

While it continues normal operations on many of the region's other rivers, ROW has extended its Lochsa River trips through July 17.




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