Selway River

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Selway River
Selway River rapid.jpg
Selway River at the Goat Creek rapid
Country United States
State Idaho
County Idaho
Source Southeast of Stripe Mountain
 - location Bitterroot National Forest, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Bitterroot Mountains
 - elevation 6,857 ft (2,090 m) [1]
 - coordinates 45°29′49″N 114°44′37″W / 45.49694°N 114.74361°W / 45.49694; -114.74361 [2]
Mouth Meets Lochsa River to form Middle Fork Clearwater River
 - location Lowell, Nez Perce National Forest
 - elevation 1,453 ft (443 m) [2]
 - coordinates 46°08′25″N 115°35′58″W / 46.14028°N 115.59944°W / 46.14028; -115.59944Coordinates: 46°08′25″N 115°35′58″W / 46.14028°N 115.59944°W / 46.14028; -115.59944 [2]
Length 100 mi (161 km) [3]
Basin 2,013 sq mi (5,214 km2) [4]
Course of the river
Location of the mouth of the Selway River in Idaho
Wikimedia Commons: Selway River

The Selway River is a large tributary of the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River in the U.S. state of Idaho. It flows within the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Bitterroot National Forest, and the Nez Perce National Forest of North Central Idaho.[5] The entire length of the Selway was included by the United States Congress in 1968 as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.[6]

The main stem of the Selway is 100 miles (160 km) in length[3] from the headwaters in the Bitterroots to the confluence with the Lochsa near Lowell to form the Middle Fork of the Clearwater. The Selway River drains a 2,013-square-mile (5,210 km2) basin in Idaho County.[4]


The Selway River is home to Chinook salmon. Four salmon channels were built "in the mid-1960s by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and by the Job Corps ... along the Selway to help re-establish the spring chinook run after hydroelectric dams were built downstream." The river was stocked with salmon eggs and fry "each fall through 1981, and again in 1985."[7] A 1993 book about the project, Indian Creek Chronicles, won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award.[8][9]




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  1. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  2. ^ a b c "Selway River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. June 21, 1979. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. "The National Map: National Hydrography Dataset High-Resolution Flowline Data". Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Bugosh, Nicholas (2000). "Lower Selway River Subbasin Assessment" (PDF). Lewiston, Idaho: Lewiston Regional Office, Idaho Division of Environmental Quality. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ Idaho Atlas & Gazetteer (6th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2007. pp. 52–53, 55–56. ISBN 978-0-89933-284-0. 
  6. ^ "Clearwater River (Middle Fork), Idaho". National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ Briggeman, Kim (2011-06-12). "Students immersed in Magruder Corridor". Missoulian. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  8. ^ Fromm, Pete (2003). Indian Creek chronicles. New York: Picador. ISBN 0312422725. 
  9. ^ "Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness by Pete Fromm". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 


  • Floating the Wild Selway. (1991) [Missoula, Mont.?] : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Region.
  • Selway River Corridor: A Guide to Recreation on the Moose Creek Ranger District. (2000) Kooskia, Idaho : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Nez Perce National Forest, Moose Creek Ranger Station.
  • Selway River fisheries investigations : job completion report. (1979) [Idaho] : Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game.
  • A survey and evaluation of archaeological resources in the Magruder Corridor, Bitterroot National Forest, east-central Idaho, 1969. (1969) Pocatello, Idaho : Idaho State University Museum.

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