Notification from Forest Service...So it looks like if your out of state you can't comply with Stage 2. Stage 3 will lift this. Can you guys confirm my reading.......
As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our priority. We are committed to continuing support for our communities and fulfilling our mission as we work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.
The Salmon-Challis National Forest is making plans to begin issuing permits for launch dates of May 16 and beyond to float the Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. This date aligns with Stage Two of Idaho Governor Brad Little’s plan to re-open the state.
Permits may be issued if the trip leader can certify the group’s willingness and ability to meet and follow the health and safety guidelines for health, social distancing, cleaning, and travel as outlined by the State of Idaho and the CDC .
Prior to receiving your permit, you will be required to certify that you and your trip participants can and will:
• Meet and follow the health and safety guidelines for health, social distancing, cleaning, and travel as outlined by the State of Idaho, the CDC , and any closure orders issued by the Forest ;
• Certify agreement of the Terms and Conditions of the permit, including the Addendum;
• Certify the group’s ability and willingness to comply with the permit addendum;
• Accept responsibility as the permit holder to modify your trip as necessary in order to adhere to the stipulations listed above;
• Acknowledge and accept that it is your responsibility and your duty as the permit holder to stay up-to-date on the latest information issued by the State of Idaho and the CDC ;
• Ensure all craft will be clean, drained and dry before going into the river;
• Ensure all required craft have a State of Idaho Aquatic Invasive Species sticker;
• Carry and use the required equipment; porta-potty, fire pan, ash container, strainer, shovel, and bucket;
• Avoid congregating at hot springs, boat ramps and other high-use areas;
• Provide your trip participants with a wilderness ethics orientation before launching (an outline will be included with your permit);
• Send trip participants the link to this video, The Middle Fork of the Salmon River, home of the Shoshone-Bannock Tuka-Deka, to watch prior to leaving home.
Ready to go boating?
At least seven (7) days prior to your launch date, you need to:
• Update and finalize your reservation using your Recreation.gov account (employees will not have the ability to add people or days to the reservation);
• Prepare a list of desired campsites (at least two per night);
• Request issuance of your permit by sending an email with your name, launch date, a daytime phone number, your camp request list , as well as dates and times you are available for a phone call (between 9-5 MT, 7 days a week) to:
A Forest Service employee will determine camp assignments and will contact you to review your agreement to the terms and conditions of the permit, including the addendum. They will call the trip leader to provide the wilderness ethics talk before issuing the permit.
Once issued, your permit and addendum will be emailed to you for signature 3-5 days prior to the launch date. You will need to sign and return the permit and the addendum prior to your launch date. An electronic signature is acceptable; if you have difficulty with an e-signature, please state your acceptance of the terms and conditions in an email reply. Be sure to take a copy of your permit on the river with you.
Self-sufficiency will be a critical component of trip planning. The launch sites, guard stations, and Newland Ranch are not open. Restrooms are not open and may be locked, water is not available, the SCAT machines are closed, and there are no dumpsters. We recommend bringing everything possible (food and equipment) from home to minimize local interactions and to reduce supply impacts on small communities.
The road to Boundary Creek is still covered by snow.
The fish trap has been installed in Marsh Creek.
Earthquakes and aftershocks have rattled the Marsh Creek/Cape Horn/Boundary Creek area. Multiple debris slides and hazards should be anticipated, but there have not been any recent reports; please use an abundance of caution.
The bottom boards of the Boundary Creek boat ramp were removed last fall to prevent damage during high water. Once the ramp is accessible, boaters are welcome to extend the boards, but please return them to their location underneath the ramp before leaving.
The SCAT machine at Newland Ranch is currently closed.
Local managers are continually monitoring and assessing the situation and adapting to this ever-changing world we are experiencing. The permit issuing process may evolve if conditions change. Our actions are based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and to promote social distancing. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...revention.html
We ask for your understanding and patience as we do our best to provide a wild and scenic recreation opportunity in the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness during these uncertain times.
We also understand that this is an unprecedented situation, and that people can be affected in many ways; as essential personnel, as “at-risk” individuals, or those heeding our nation’s call to stay at home.
If you wish to cancel your reservation during this time of uncertainty, you will also be eligible for a “roll-over” for your launch date for 2021 if your launch was reserved before April 15. Prepaid recreation fees will be automatically refunded; however, the $6 reservation fee will not. After submitting a cancellation, you should see a reservation cancellation confirmation email and a receipt for the recreation fee refund soon after it’s processed.
Once you receive your cancellation email, you may request a roll-over spot. To do this, forward your cancellation email to: [email protected]
with a request to hold that launch date for you in 2021. Be sure to include your name and a daytime phone number. Roll-overs will be for the same date only; no exceptions.
Please continue to visit our web page for updates.
Wishing you good health.