Originally Posted by Rich
Rumor has it that it is best for a cat at 2.5 to 4.5' on the Krassel gauge....
will be watching the level of the South Fork and whether the road to Yellowpine from McCall is open (Lick Creek Divide).
I've run the SF at about 3.0 on the Krassel guage and a very experienced friend (class V kayaker with lots of rafting time too) rowed a 14 footer. Everything seemed pretty reasonable for him except Fall Creek. That took some detailed scouting and some fancy rowing. It was really nice having the extra beers on the long, slow float out the Salmon. At or below 2.5 and I would guess things start getting too rocky for a loaded raft. IKs and kayaks can handle it even lower.
Note that the Krassel guage only provides a rough estimate of the flow. Flow from the ungauged the EFSF and the Secesh can have a big effect on the flow in the canyon itself. But at lower flows this is less of an issue.
You may know this, but Lick Creek is not the only road into the South Fork. True, Lick Creek, if it's open, is a lot more convenient than coming in on the South Fork Salmon River Road (#674). However 674 is almost always open. I've run the South Fork as early as March, using road 674 to access the Secesh-South Fork confluence. It's a long shuttle, but, hey, you're in Idaho.