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Old 02-15-2017   #1
 
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I somehow found myself lucky enough to get a MF Salmon permit for mid-June. I know there will be water, but I'm curious how northern Idaho has been treated this winter. I've been spending a whole lot of time dealing with winter here in the Sierra, without much time looking elsewhere. Any anticipated access issues? Thanks for any and all info.

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Old 02-15-2017   #2
 
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I somehow found myself lucky enough to get a MF Salmon permit for mid-June. I know there will be water, but I'm curious how northern Idaho has been treated this winter. I've been spending a whole lot of time dealing with winter here in the Sierra, without much time looking elsewhere. Any anticipated access issues? Thanks for any and all info.
Northern Idaho doesn't have much to do with the Salmon (especially the middle fork) The greater salmon river drainage is currently sitting at 120% of average SWE.
https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref...mal_update.pdf

Short answer is that you will likely have lots of water in mid June, but it all depends on how fast the spring run-off gets going and how sudden it is. May be a nice flow, may be a high flow.
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Thank you for the link and the quick reply, clearly my knowledge of Idaho drainages could be improved.
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I should add, congrats on the permit! If you haven't done the Middle fork before you are in for an awesome experience!
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Tons of information on previous threads, worth poking around. Great one from last year:

Middle Fork Salmon questions...

Some good local resources on here that will chime in
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Old 02-16-2017   #6
 
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Thanks again for the links, I know there are a lot Idaho boaters on here with a lot of good information
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Its a mixed bag of opinions when it comes to flows. The long ranger says that we are going to have a quick shift to a dry warm spring and summer. But it feels to me that we will have the slow melt. The snow is just sticking around. If we have a snowy wet spring, it is possible that we can't get in to boundary until mid june. If that is the case highs will be off the charts. That means everything is a sneak in a kayak and you are working hard in a raft/cat. If the rain stops in march as predicted. June will rock.


My long range assumption is 6/15/2017 = 5 feet or higher. You want an experienced high water crew. If you flip a raft, expect the chase to be on!
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Wow - over 5' in mid-June! I got a 6/30 launch for this year - I'd like for flows to be between 3 and 4. Over 5 might be too much for some of my crew...
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Wow - over 5' in mid-June! I got a 6/30 launch for this year - I'd like for flows to be between 3 and 4. Over 5 might be too much for some of my crew...
If your worried about their safety shoot me a message. I would be happy to fill a spot on a high water trip.
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We have a June 1. I'm hoping we can get in.
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