Its all good. Lots of beaches. No real great hikes or ranches or creeks to hike. No real difficult drops. Just follow the boat in front of you! There is a mandatory log jump at the entrance of the green canyon. If you don't jump not only will you miss the best drop of the trip. Bad karma will follow you down the river.I have the week after next off and I am thinking of doing the lower Salmon. Can anyone give me any info on some of the better places to stop? With the levels between 4000-6000 CFS should I expect any big water, ir more technical rapids?
1/5 of what it would be on the weekends. Most of the crowd will be more commercial, less jet boats, and in front of you. You should find some peace and quiet.I'm running a Sunday-Friday trip. How's the crowd usually during the week? Please say not-so-black-friday-at-walmart level.
I've been prepping for Snake lake a bit, hopefully I still have arms by the end of it.Weekday trips are commonly less crowded as more folks are working. The old saying the early bird gets the worm is pretty true down on the river. Getting to the river as early as you can puts you in the best place to get campsites and avoids the "Oh, Gosh Darn, we have to keep rowing to find a campsite syndrome." The last day on the Snake can be long, the further you go on the next to last day the better off you are although the takeout won't be like Walmart on payday. As mentioned above the river flows at a much lower speed than at higher flows. There can be a lot of rowing between rapids.
The snake lake really is not that bad if you are off the river by 3pm. You don't want to fight the wind. The current is not that bad and the view is great! The salmon lake below the South fork of the salmon is worse IMHO.I've been prepping for Snake lake a bit, hopefully I still have arms by the end of it.
I used to guide a fleet of 12' oar rafts, and they were quite adequate at any flow under 10K. We did it many, many times that way without any accidents.Not alot of action to be had. I push 16 feet of rubber and it feels small on the river. I'd do 18' if I had the boat. I have seen 20+ footers. Bring shade!