Who Should Go
Trips on the Selway River are exciting wilderness adventures. You don’t need prior whitewater experience, but you do need an adventurous spirit and reasonable fitness. Minimum age will vary depending upon the river flow, experience of the individual, and the group dynamics. You should be in good physical condition and able to cope with normal camping routines. Meal preparation and cleanup is done by the guides. Guides are trained in first aid and are eager to help you in any way with an emphasis on adapting to and enjoying your surroundings.
You are required to carry your personal gear short distances and learn to erect a simple tent and sleep on a comfortable pad in the tent. A portable toilet is provided. Our camping equipment is the best and our camping style is considered by most to be deluxe SOAR Northwest’s first priority is to keep you safe, and as comfortable as weather and your wilderness surroundings will permit.
Selway River Trips begin and end in Missoula, Montana.
Missoula, Montana is the closest connection for major airlines to the Selway River; thus the beginning of our adventure will be meeting together as a group in Missoula. YOU MUST ARRIVE IN MISSOULA THE DAY BEFORE YOUR TRIP BEGINS! We strongly suggest you stay at The Doubletree Inn Edgewater, which has a free shuttle van from the airport. The Selway River Trip Orientation meeting will be held at the Doubletree Edgewater beginning at 6:00 PM the evening before your trip. If your travel arrangements do not allow for your arrival by 6:00 PM, let us know and we will make special arrangements. You may leave your extra luggage in a hotel locker during your trip and, if you are driving, you may leave your vehicle in the motel parking lot.
We depart the Doubletree at 7:30 AM on the morning of your launch date. Our van will take you to the river put-in at Paradise Guard Station, a 3-4 hour drive on good roads. While making the trek from Missoula to the Selway River put-in at Paradise, we will make a limited number of last minute stops for fishing licenses, tackle and liquor if you desire. Our return to Missoula at the end of the trip will begin after we arrive at the take-out at Race Creek. At approximately 2:00 PM on the sixth day we will load into the SOAR Northwest Bus for a scenic trek up the Lochsa River and over Lolo Pass to Missoula. Our arrival at the Doubletree Hotel Edgewater will be approximately 6:00 PM.
If necessary due to water conditions, we may go to the Hamilton, Montana airport for a backcountry flight into an airstrip on the Selway River. A flight into the river is required when water conditions prohibit safe passage on the upper 13 miles of river. In these conditions there will be an additional $150 flight fee per person. The flight is short, but spectacular and gives you a remarkable perspective on the thousands of square miles of wilderness that surround your Selway River adventure.
Air Service to Missoula
Northwest, Delta, United and Alaska/Horizon Airlines provide commercial air service to Missoula. Lodging in Missoula: We have reserved space at the Doubletree Edgewater Hotel for our guests
( WE HAVE BLOCKED ROOMS FOR YOU AT THE DOUBLE TREE HOTEL, MISSOULA).
Rooms have been blocked at a discounted company rate (not included in trip cost). You will be responsible to contact the hotel prior to June 1st to reserve a room(s) under your name. A free shuttle to and from the Hotel and the airport is available. There are contact phones in baggage claim at the Missoula airport to call for a shuttle to the hotel. The Doubletree is a Hilton Hotel, offering the best accommodations in Missoula. There is a quality restaurant on site, and it is located on the Clark Fork River with excellent walking paths from the hotel to downtown and nearby Univ. of Montana.