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Big Creek Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River



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Big Creek Info
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Put In:  Big Creek Airport
Take Out:  Cache Bar
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  61 fpm
Run Length:  54 (34) miles
Good Level:  700-2000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  June, July
Primary Season: 
Permit:  Yes. A Middle Fork of the Salmon permit is required.
Camping on River:  Yes. Good camping is available along the whole river. On the Middle Fork, camp only in designated areas reserved by permit.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Typically, when Big Creek is running the roads are snowed in. The preferred method of transportation is an airplane ride from Salmon to the Big Creek airstrip. To get to the Salmon Airport from Cache Bar: 1. Head east on National Forest Development Rd 30/Salmon River Rd 20.9 mi 2. Turn left at National Forest Development Rd 30/Salmon River Rd 19.8 mi 3. Turn right at US-93 S/Lewis and Clark Trail 21.0 mi 4. Turn left to stay on US-93 S 0.7 mi 5. Turn right at US-93 S/S Challis St 4.2 mi 6. Turn left at Airport Rd 0.3 mi 7. Turn left 0.3 mi Lemhi County Airport (SMN) Salmon, ID 83467 To get to the put-in from Yellow Pine by car: 1. Head east on Profile St toward Johnson Creek Rd/Nat for Dev Rd 413/Yellowpine Ave 427 ft 2. Turn left at Behne Ave 0.1 mi 3. Take the 1st left onto Nat for Dev Rd 412/Stibnite Rd 4.3 mi 4. Continue onto Big Creek Rd 6.3 mi 5. Slight right to stay on Big Creek Rd 489 ft 6. Turn right to stay on Big Creek Rd 0.1 mi 7. Take the 1st right to stay on Big Creek Rd 1.8 mi 8. Turn right to stay on Big Creek Rd 0.9 mi 9. Turn left to stay on Big Creek Rd 0.8 mi 10. Slight right to stay on Big Creek Rd 8.9 mi Big Creek Airport The take-out is the same as the Middle Fork of the Salmon.


Big Creek on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

The top of Big Creek is a small, tight stream. The first 10 miles require the portaging of several log jams. The middle section flattens. A big class IV forms from a bunch of massive boulders below Coxey Bar. The best whitewater is found in the Big Creek Gorge, the last five miles before the confluence.


Last Edited by josho on 5/18/2011
 

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