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Old 03-25-2019   #11
 
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Like most rivers, the Main has an "out of control" season. You can launch with just a MFS permit, turn the corner, and get a self-issued non-lottery permit if you are willing to go late season.

The trip I want to do next is to get 3 MFS permits. spend the first week on permit 1 running Boundary to Indian. Take permit 2 Indian to Flying B. Finish the trip on permit 3 for the lower river. This is the megabucks jackpot of permit logistics obviously.

If I drop an anchor in the river and sleep on my boat in an eddy, can I legally stay a 2nd night in Impassible?

If that's too much permit nonsense for ya, this is the year to run EF Owyhee to Rome. It's longer than a GC trip, free-flowing, and no permits needed!

Interesting idea about 3 permits. You could do this in October. In the off season you can spend multiple nights in the lower canyon. I've stayed at love bar and then lightning strike the next night.

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If I do another Main to Heller Bar trip this year, I will start higher up on the Main at Spring Bar. This adds another 29 miles above Corn Creek and some good rapids and camping. Roadside sections often offer some excellent rapids (the "Daily Section" from Riggins to Lucille is just as good as anything on the Main), and stopping in Riggins for steak, salad, and beer is a real treat.
Awesome, plus you avoid 45 miles in and out of wear and tear on the North Fork to Corn Creek road.
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as mentioned earlier the owyhee can be linked a couple different ways for a really long trip. Barker river expeditions offers a 21 day guided trip from the head waters of the east fork to three forks, then to Rome, then to Leslie gulch. If you didn't want to deal with the east fork owyhee, which usually has a major portage at the falls. you can do the south fork from pipeline down.
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FWIW, I've got a July 15 Main Salmon permit, followed by a July 22 Yampa permit, and I'd love to hear from someone with a July 6-9 Middle Fork launch that might be interested in trading spaces and/or combining trips.
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Buddy of mine (kayaker) got in on two trips and did a Main-Middle. Floated Corn Creek to Riggins on a Main permit, then flew with his boat to Indian and ran the Middle down to his truck.
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Why not do the entire Main Salmon? The river doesnt dry up below Carey Creek or disappear above Corn Creek. There's plenty of mileage to be done.

There's some fun rapids between Carey Creek and Hammer Creek. Just be prepared to push the oars on the flats.

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