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Lowell / Syringa News: Rafters make it down the Lochsa

Lowell, Syringa

Lowell, Syringa


Marie Smith 208-926-0803

— Let the Whitewater season begin! The Lochsa came up to 2-1/2 feet on the gauge at Lowell; there were boaters on the water all weekend, from Denver, from Missoula, and from right here in Lowell.

Jeff Williams, Hunt Paddison, and both Smith brothers, Marty and Mike Jr., made it right through a big storm front and down the mighty Lochsa last Saturday. Were they cold? Yes! Were they determined? Yes! They launched, they paddled, they survived. 2018 season is officially here.

We had some cabins full of ATV riders this weekend, among them were Leslie and John from Sandpoint, Dani Smith’s oldest sister. There are five sisters counting Dani, Shelby and Jessica and Katelyn and they are all outdoors women. They wear camouflage head to toe. Each one enjoys the recreation around this area, hunting, fishing, rafting, even picking berries and mushrooms as well as their father, Craig Johnson, whose favorite color is camo! Oh, and their grandmother, Linda Junes, of Grangeville has been known to wear camo, too!

When someone walks in my office this time of year it’s simple, if they are wearing camo they are ATV riders or bear hunting. If they have on purple, yellow, or Patagonia or NRS logo, then they are probably heading out for a day on the river.


Free Press / Marie Smith Early catarafters heading out on the Lochsa last Saturday, a big storm hit as soon as they launched.

I’m noticing campers heading up the Selway Road every weekend, and daffodils are blooming in Syringa according to my garden sources, Lorraine and Becky! So, get ready, summer’s coming, I’m looking for my sunblock!


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