This might be a really good option that's not too far away if you don't pull a Deso.If you have a smart phone and a long drive you’ll usually have a permit by the time you get there. This strategy might not work forever especially with idiots like me blabbering on the internet about it.
Depending on where you are in MN, it might not be too much farther than a lot of places out west and there's always water. Some other rivers in the area if they're running are the Cheat, Youghiogheny and Tygart. Lower Yough is dam controlled, so it's also pretty consistent.RaftWV May be on to something with New River idea! I had always assumed we’d be headed west. But maybe East is the way the way to go!
Magnificence. Nobody runs multi day trips on the NF. The Flathead is just a neat local float. The Salmon is bigger water, no roads, awesome views, in later fall, there’s very few people. There’s better rapids on the Main too. There’s really not much comparison.Wallrat, Totally different class in what way? Scenery? Flow? Less people?
Lower Salmon …Pine bar to Heller barLooking for a DIY 4 to 5 day raft trip in 2022 for a Dads, daughters (15 year olds) trip. 6 of us total. The more wilderness, or away from roads and towns, the better. We would be camping along the River and looking to keep the white water rating at class III or less. I have explored the possibilities of the Smith River, San Juan, Green, and Salmon but it looks like they all require tough to pull lottery permits, unless you hire a guide. We will put in for permits but looking for an alternative in case we don’t draw. I have done some research on the Yellowstone River, Jefferson, Big Hole, Flathead, Clark Fork, as well as the non permit area of the Salmon. Looking for GREAT mountain scenery, canyons a plus! Probably looking for 50 to 70 miles worth of River. Anybody have a River they would suggest or a particular section of one of the rivers I’ve mentioned that would meet our requirements?
10 mile class III run from Spring Creek to Cove Creek is great fun! 2 class III's, several II's. This is @ 16 mi past N. Fork, as you are headed W along the river. We spent a couple days teaching newbies how to read water, practice on the oars, setting angles, dbl oar pivots, etc, above N. Fork on class II water, then spent rest of the time letting them learn on Spring Creek run. Not a wilderness run, road alongside, limited secluded camping. Better as day trips, then back to campsite, of which there are several.Hopefully some one with detail knowledge will post more on the Salmon River above the Middle Fork and Main Salmon junction.
I have driven 93 Hwy from Challis down to North Fork store and then down to Corn Creek Access. Looks like a lot of good options for day floats or possible multi days. All look like easy class 1 or 2 floats. All my scouting was from the road. May well be some hidden rapids not viewable from the road.
Any one out there done floats on these sections?