Originally Posted by rawmilk
I have seen a lot of threads about the "Salmon" but dont know where it is...? Looks like a lot of fun and would be interested in floating it this season...So where is this spot and is the water level still high enough to float it? Can you do 1 or 2 night trips or is it at least a 5 dayer?? Thank you for your help!
Not sure how to show the river path on the google map, so here is a hiking path
Salmon river is the last undamed and natural river in the lower 48 states. Most of the river is located in central Idaho. There are a few sections and tributaries which are raftable. The main sections are Middle Fork of Salmon, Main Salmon, South Fork of Salmon and Lower Salmon.
MFS and Main Salmon are lottery based permits and very very hard to get. Most people end up picking up cancellations. You apply for a permit via recreation.gov website. Both of these sections are at least 5 day trip, most are done in 6-8 days though. Once you enter the canyons, you can't really get out. So there is no way to do it in 1 or 2 days.
Main Salmon below Vinegar creek has a few sections of the river which can be doable in a day. I haven't done any of it, so I can't say much about it.
Right now is a peak season for the Main because most of the families go on this river. The high season starts around June 16 and goes through Labor Day. You can easily float it after Labor Day and pick up a permit because it's much less busy due to families back to schools. I've done it in mid September last year and it was awesome!
It's a solid class 3 river. There are two possible class 4 rapids on this section, but if you are an experienced boater, you wouldn't consider it a 4. An "easy" level for Main Salmon would be between 0.5-2 ft at Corn Creek (or 3,000-6,000 cfs).... that is from my experience. A lot of adrenaline junkies run Main at high flow (this year it peaked at ~50,000 cfs).
More info on the river history can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salmon_River_(Idaho
) The river has a lot of history!
Hope this helps.