Looks the closure only effects the upper stretches of the river, pre-confluence. Now who's ready for an August trip?!
Permits to Allow Main Salmon, Middle Fork Transitions
Release Date: Apr 10, 2004
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USDA Forest Service
Payette National Forest
Contact: Boyd Hartwig (20
634-0784 or by email
April 10, 2004
McCall, ID - The Payette National Forest now has permits available at the Krassel Ranger District in McCall that allow boaters to float the South Fork of the Salmon River and exit on to the Salmon River without the historically hard-to-get Main Salmon permit. The new permits also allow boaters to float Big Creek and exit on to the Middle Fork, Salmon River.
Previously, boaters were required to be in possession of Main Salmon River permits to continue beyond the confluences of the South Fork Salmon River and Main Salmon River, or the confluence of Big Creek and Middle Fork Salmon River.
These permits are free, but mandatory for all floaters. The permits will allow boaters to exit South Fork Salmon River and/or Big Creek on to the Middle Fork or Salmon River, without a separate permit as long as they exit the river system on the same day with no camping within either the Middle Fork or Salmon River corridors.
"Making these free use permits available for Big Creek and South Fork Salmon River will be a great asset to the float boating community,” said Jane Cropp, Branch Chief for Lands, Minerals and Recreation for the Payette National Forest. “Before these free permits were available it was necessary to acquire a permit for either the Middle Fork or the Salmon River. Those permits are based on a lottery draw system, and as boaters know, are difficult to secure."
Before this new free use permit was available, a boater had to have a valid permit to float the Middle Fork or the Salmon Rivers to be legally floating out from one of these tributaries. Those permits have always been difficult to secure through a lottery draw system. The new, free use permits can be obtained by contacting the Krassel Ranger District, located at 500 North Mission, McCall, ID between the business hours of 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday, or by calling the office at (20
It’s important to note that a closure order is in effect that prohibits the launching of float boating equipment, going into or being upon designated reaches of Big Creek and South Fork Salmon River (SFSR) with float boating equipment for the following periods: April 1 - May 31 and August 1 - September 30 of each year. The float boat restriction applies to the entire stretch of Big Creek, but is only in effect on the SFSR from the confluence with Goat Creek to the confluence with the East Fork of SFSR. Please call the Krassel Ranger District for specific details on these closures. The closure order is in place for the protection of a threatened fish during spawning seasons.
During the first three years of implementation of these new permit regulations, the Payette National Forest will be monitoring the number of floaters using the rivers on given days, and times of the year. Shoreline surveys will be completed throughout the season to assess any potential resource issues that may occur with an increase of use on these tributaries. Resource specialist will also be assessing the need to require fire pans and pack-it-out devices for human waste, as is currently required on the Main Stems of Middle Fork and Salmon River. For more information, contact the Krassel Ranger District at (20