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Old 06-19-2010   #1
 
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Pine Creek section of the Main Salmon

We have a permit to run the Main Salmon next week. With the high water, we are leaving open the option to cancel once we get there. As a backup plan we are thinking we could run the recreational section of the Main up above the MF confluence. I have never run that section before, so I would appreciate any info.

The Main at Shoup is currently running at about 9,800 cfs and it will probably drop some by the time we get there. Does anyone have information on the difficulty of this section at those water levels?

Which rapids need to be scouted?
Which put-in take-out points are recommended?
Where are good places to camp?
Do we need a permit for a private group?
Anything else that we ought to know?

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Put in at spring creek campground upstream from Shoup. Scout Pine Ck. Rapid from the bridge. The whole run can be scouted from the road when you run your shuttle. Take out right after Owl Creek--bridge downstream from Pine Ck bridge (Class 3, some call Pine Creek a 4). The runs from Owl Ck to Corn Ck are also worth doing and don't get much use (Class 3). You can do 3 nice days from Spring Ck to Corn Ck.

Main is on the drop, so you might consider running the wilderness section Have fun!
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Oh, no permits needed.
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Thanks for the quick reply!

Our primary plan is still to run the wilderness section, but I want a viable backup in case we chicken out when we get there. Our group has never run it above 3.0' before, but we are comfortable with the idea as long as it is below 6.0'. We would prefer 5.0' or lower though.
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Agree with guidance on access to Pine Creek. I drove down last Friday, Pine Creek is a neat wave train at the current level. The rest of the ride is similar, Class III with no rocks or serious holes at this time to the confluence.

I would put in at Spring Creek and have the shuttle for the wilderness trip pick up the vehicles there. You get at least another great float day or two and great water to Corn Creek.
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