We'll be floating the Main Salmon in September and are wondering about drinking water availability on the river. Should we bring all of it, or are there feeder creeks and springs with drinkable (or filterable) water ? Thanks!
There is a spigot at Fivemile Bar aka Buckskin Bill Museum and Store. Bring a few bucks for an ice cream bar or Root Beer Float too. They have jugs of ice for sale too (among other things that you would expect). I think we went through there on day 4 or 5.
I imagine some of the lodges have water fill up too, but not sure the protocol for that and whether they will let you or not. Most of the side creeks looked pretty clean and clear, but I wouldn't risk drinking straight out of the creek without boiling or filtering it.
we bring a katadyn base camp and a couple extra filters. we just scoop straight from the river. group of 24 last year, 5 rafts, each with a 7 gallon jug to start with. and we all came off the river with full jugs. creek by upper lantz is ice cold and a great place to grab water.
The main stem should be clear but it passes though a lot of ag land and some towns before you see it, so I'd be concerned about chemical (fertilizer) and animal waste more than anything. There are plenty of cold, clear side streams that you can collect from and filter. Plus the previously mentioned Buckskin Bill's and Corn Cr.
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