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Selway River
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Selway River at the Goat Creek rapid
Course of the river
Selway River is located in Idaho
Selway River
Selway River is located in the United States
Selway River
Location of the mouth of the Selway River in Idaho
Country United States
State Idaho
County Idaho
Physical characteristics
Main source Southeast of Stripe Mountain
Bitterroot National Forest, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Bitterroot Mountains
6,857 ft (2,090 m)
45°29′49″N 114°44′37″W / 45.49694°N 114.74361°W / 45.49694; -114.74361
River mouth Meets Lochsa River to form Middle Fork Clearwater River
Lowell, Nez Perce National Forest
1,453 ft (443 m)
46°08′25″N 115°35′58″W / 46.14028°N 115.59944°W / 46.14028; -115.59944
Length 100 mi (160 km)
Basin features
Basin size 2,013 sq mi (5,210 km2)
Type: Wild, Recreational
Designated: October 2, 1968
Reference #: P.L. 90-542

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. 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.

The main stem of the Selway is 100 miles (160 km) in length 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.


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." A 1993 book about the project, Indian Creek Chronicles, won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award.




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