Selway River Rules and Regulations


  • Permits are not required outside of control season, but if on the river pre-season, you may not be on the river May 15
  • Control season May 15 - July 31 - no more than 1 party is allowed to launch each day
  • Outside of control season August 1 to May 14 - unlimited number of launches per day. You must take off the river on May 14.
  • There is a $6.00 non-refundable application fee for all river reservations

Recreation Fees

  • No fees for the Selway River

Group Size

  • During the lottery season, maximum party size is 16, but maximum trip duration can vary
  • Outside the lottery season, maximum party size is 16.

Recommended Equipment

  • Porta potty-(preferably washable) toilet with appropriate capacity
  • Fire pan (3 inch sides)
  • Ash container (preferably metal)
  • Strainer
  • Shovel
  • Bucket
  • Photo ID-permit holder

Camp Sanitation

  • All dish/waste water must be strained and water broadcast above high water mark
  • All human and pet feces should be packed out in porta-potty
  • Absolutely nothing but human/pet waste in porta-potty, no sanitary wipes, tampons, sticks etc. Foreign objects aren't compatible with RV dump stations..
  • All fire ash should be packed out in ash container
  • All urination can be above the high water mark.
  • No soaps even biodegradable in any streams, river or water source
  • Camp on already hardened sites, avoid packing vegetation down
  • All litter, food particles, including micro-trash must be packed out

Camp Etiquette

  • Use only dead and downed wood or charcoal for fire
  • Return any rocks to where found if used for tent, tarp, or boat anchors
  • Leave beaches unmarked, smooth disturbed surfaces
  • Do not disturb or harass wildlife
  • Leave camp in pristine state

Heritage Resources

  • Do not touch, remove or damage any heritage resources (e.g. historic cabins, pictographs, artifacts, etc.) Oils from fingers can contribute to deterioration of pictographs.


  • All members of group must camp together
  • Please plan lay-over days in less used sites
  • Camps at Moose Creek may need to be shared with other groups


  • Permit holder signs the permit and becomes responsible for the entire group and must be present and accompany group at all times while on the river
  • Observe all local, State and Federal laws and regulations
  • Carry and display permit upon request of any Forest Officer
  • Public nudity is discouraged
  • Respect private property, do not enter unless acknowledged or invited, contain dogs at boat or on leash.
  • Be courteous and efficient at put-in and take-out sites, no camping at boat ramp.
  • Call ahead on road conditions and campfire restrictions
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