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Lowell / Syringa News: Wilderness Inn is now open for the season


Marie Smith 208-926-0803

— Spring has sprung, the kayakers, catarafters, and rafters are all over it. They picked this last weekend to converge on the Mighty Lochsa. The level has gone up and down between seven feet at the highest so far, back down to five and one-half feet on Monday morning. With the Internet, it’s possible to get up-to-the-minute river flow at any given minute! I usually just ask Marty Smith, my go to for River info, it’s easier.

Both Selway and Lochsa were muddy and high, with lots of debris this week. I’m sure it will be that way for a while.

The Selway Road had a rock slide, still closed above the O’Hara Road Bridge. The slide at mile marker 13 covers the road, but you have to turn around at the end of pavement where the road is wider.

Harvey King, a friend and river guide from years ago, stopped by to say hi on Monday. He worked for Glacier Raft Co. and Three Rivers Rafting on the Lochsa in the ’90s and he and his wife, Tara, were married at the confluence in a beautiful natural setting on the river.

Be careful along the highway this time of year, the rocks are falling as I write this, and with all the rain, tree roots are saturated and falling down on the highway.

Big meeting of some kind was held on the Selway Road Bridge crossing the Lochsa. About 30 people, USFS marked cars and trucks. Gathered on the bridge for an hour or more — secret stuff I guess.

Miss Luella Marie Smith turned 13 last Saturday. She’s a sweet, smart, happy, teenager now and we call her Ella because she’s the E in the MERMS: Martha, Ella, Ruth, and Madeline Smith, who in 2021 will all be teenagers 19,17,15,13 … More news next week!

Oh: news flash: Wilderness Inn in Lowell is open! Not sure what hours are, but the lights are on and I can smell delicious fried potatoes comin’ across the Lochsa River as I write this.


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