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Old 07-11-2013   #1
 
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Lower Salmon River/Snake - Last 20 miles of flat water

We are debating the Lower Salmon trip (where it meets the Snake) but the sticking point is the flat water at the end. Is it always windy? How important is it to have a motor on this section? Will we be hating life if we tried to row this last 20 miles in 2 days?

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Old 07-11-2013   #2
 
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It's not bad at all. Don't let the lack of a motor dissuade you.
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Old 07-11-2013   #3
 
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get up early

as always, if you get in the river early to beat the afternoon wind...
Though that said, one year we had a no wind afternoon but decided to camp early as we still had one more day. Wind came up that night and blew all next day!! Still not that bad. As we get older, we now take one boat with motor, and tie them all together to get through the frog water. I have floated it many times without a motor in my younger days!
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Old 07-11-2013   #4
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It's not bad if you break it up

We like to camp about halfway out and then hit it early in the AM and hope the winds are not too bad. The jet boat traffic is a bit annoying, but there is some current and a few rapids and I still find it enjoyable all the way out.
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Old 07-11-2013   #5
 
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Kanuman, Salmonjammer, dogalot. Thank you. This is very helpful.
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Did it several years ago at 108 deg f in mid-August and it is best to finish with an early start to Heller Bar.....
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We did it with a motor but I'd do it either way. Great trip.

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Old 07-16-2013   #8
 
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We are debating the Lower Salmon trip (where it meets the Snake) but the sticking point is the flat water at the end. Is it always windy? How important is it to have a motor on this section? Will we be hating life if we tried to row this last 20 miles in 2 days?
Leave the stinking motors and all that crap. Plan on a couple early days so you can be off around moon.
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