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Memorial Day weekend events mark 50 years of Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Lochsa River Madness starts Saturday

Participants were spilling over the side in the 2013 Lochsa River Madness event.

Photo by David Rauzi
Participants were spilling over the side in the 2013 Lochsa River Madness event.



Every year, Memorial Day weekend draws a crowd of people to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests for Lochsa Madness–a weekend of river adventure as whitewater enthusiasts take advantage of spring runoff and wild water on the Lochsa River.

This year, the celebration will include events all weekend long celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The Wild and Scenic Lochsa River was one of the original rivers designated under this Act in 1968, which continues to protect the river’s free-flowing waters, scenery and recreation.

Lochsa River Madness

The annual Lochsa River Madness event will run Saturday, Sunday and a portion of Monday, May 26-28. Onlookers will see boats, guided and non-guided paddle rafts, as well as catarafters and kayakers run Lochsa Falls, near milepost 114 on U.S. Highway 12. The informal event has no specific start times, and those planning to watch are encouraged to bring chairs.

USFS events

Coinciding events planned through the Forest Service for Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27:

Saturday, 3–5 p.m.: Families are invited to the pavilion at Wilderness Gateway Campground for kid-friendly river education activities, boating skills relay races, a welcome presentation, and raffle.

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–noon: Free coffee (bring your own mug) at the Fish Creek put–in and learn more about the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River.

Saturday and Sunday, all day: Recycle cans at Lochsa Falls and learn more about the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River.

Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 / 8 p.m. (approximately): Wild and Scenic River films, rafting videos, and Idaho Whitewater Association video contest at the pavilion at Wilderness Gateway Campground.

Visit bit.ly/LochsaWSR for information about the Lochsa Madness events and a full list of participating groups. Check out the Facebook page and share this event (bit.ly/LM-WSR50).

For information about the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, visit www.rivers.gov/wsr50.



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