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Otter Bar Lodge Kayak School
Located in:
Forks of Salmon, CA

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Otter Bar offers all skill levels of whitewater kayak instruction based out of our wilderness lodge on California's pristine Salmo (more...)
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North Fork Salmon River - Upper Run Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Salmon River

North Fork Salmon River - Upper Run Info
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Put In:  Idlewild Campground
Take Out:  Sawyers Bar
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV , Portage
Gradient:  81 fpm
Run Length:  7.9 miles
Current Streamflow:  11000 cfs @ 12/14/2016 08:30 AM - KLAMATH R A ORLEANS, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  800 - 1,500 cfs, Optimum 1,200 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this river. This section is usually running if the Klamath River at Orleans gauge reads between 5,000 and 10,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Primary Season:  This section of river only runs during the winter and spring, usually after a few days of heavy rain or during snowmelt
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Fun class III/IV pool drop rapids with one mandatory portage around a low bridge
Hazards:  Make sure and take out upstream of the wooden bridge in the river, this bridge is a mandatory portage because it hangs into the water. Portaging is possible on either side.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 301 miles (5 hours 23 minutes) North of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From Somes Bar take Route 96 up the main Salmon for 17 miles to the Forks of the Salmon. To reach the take out drive up the North Fork Salmon for 14 miles to the take out at Sawyers Bar.

Put In: From the take out, continue up the North Fork Salmon for 8 miles to the put in at Idlewild Campground.

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