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

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Marsh Creek Info
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Put In:  Marsh Creek Transfer Camp
Take Out:  Dagger Falls Bridge
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  54 fpm
Run Length:  14 miles
Good Level:  3' to 6'
Streamflow Comments: 

If the Middle Salmon is below 3', expect a rocky ride. Even at higher flows, rafts get hung up.

Season Comments:  May, June, July, August
Primary Season: 
Hazards:  Watch for logs. There are some tight spots with sharp rock that can tear into rafts.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Camping on River:  Camping spots exist at the put-in and take-out. Or if you are having a bad day, some spots along the river will work.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

To get to the take-out from Stanley: 1. Head north on Wall St toward Eva Falls Ave 213 ft 2. Turn left at ID-21 S/Eva Falls Ave 21.1 mi 3. Turn right at Bear Valley Rd 3.0 mi 4. Continue onto Nat for Dev Rd 579/Nat for Dev Rd 582 6.4 mi 5. Turn right at Dagger Falls Rd/Nat for Dev Rd 568 9.6 mi 6. Turn right 0.6 mi Dagger Falls To get to the put-in: 1. Head northwest toward Dagger Falls Rd/Nat for Dev Rd 568 0.6 mi 2. Turn left at Dagger Falls Rd/Nat for Dev Rd 568 9.6 mi 3. Turn left at Nat for Dev Rd 579/Nat for Dev Rd 582 6.4 mi 4. Continue onto Bear Valley Rd 3.0 mi 5. Turn left at ID-21 N 2.9 mi ID-21 N

Marsh Creek on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Marsh Creek starts off fairly mellow, but can be shallow in spots depending on the flow. The whitewater really picks up below the confluence of Bear Valley Creek about seven miles in. Rafts can have a tough time negotiating the tight lines. Some have had to be evacuated by helicopter. Sharp rock walls provide a puncture hazard in some spots. There are a few log jams to look out for as well. Overall, Marsh Creek is a beautiful scenic run, but leave plenty of time for potential problems.

Last Edited by bradgoet on 6/12/2012

Towns near Marsh Creek Kayaking

Hailey Idaho
Ketchum Idaho
Sun Valley Idaho

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