The Selway River, in north-central Idaho, remains one of the hardest permits to pull…for good reason. One of the original rivers named under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, the Selway lives up to its reputation for crystal clear water, technical and unrelenting rapids, and steep canyon solitude.
All applications are handled through Recreation.gov, while the local Forest Service offices still manages the actual permits. The lottery controlled launch dates for 2019 are May 15 – July 31.
The lottery opens on December 1, 2018 and closes on January 31, 2019. Applicants are allowed up to four launch date requests for a better shot at pulling a permit. Using the same date for each request does not improve your changes for that day. Since only one permit is granted for each day, it just nullifies all of your requests if you don’t get lucky on the first round.
Permit winners will be notified by February 14, 2019.
No permit is required to run the Selway from January 1 to May 14, and again from August 1 to May 14, 2020. Watch water flows before you decide to hit the road, though. Low water launches on the Selway can be un-runnable.
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