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

Lea and Julia Deep in the Canyon at 2000 cfs at Middle Fork Lodge
The put in at Boundary Creek Taking off from the Put-in at 2000 cfs A storm is brewing Jay and Shayla making a strong move at 2000 cfs Lea and Julia trying not to get wet at 2000 cfs
Cory deftly manuevers his raft at 2000 cfs The scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon at 2000 cfs Brad and Columbine catch a soak in the abundant hot springs Inundated in Derigger Rapid near the take-out at 7500 cfs on the Main Salmon Jay and Shayla navigating the rapids at 2000 cfs
 at 2000 cfs Lea and Julia enjoying the sun at 2000 cfs Navigating the class IV rapids at 2000 cfs The varied landscape of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

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  • Middle Fork of the Salmon Wilderness Info
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    Put In:  Boundary Creek
    Take Out:  Cache Bar Boat Ramp
    Difficulty:  Class III + , Class IV at high water
    Gradient:  27 ft/mi
    Run Length:  100 miles
    Flow Information (phone):  Middle Fork Ranger District, 208-879-5204.
    Good Level:  1,500-5,000 cfs
    Streamflow Comments: 
    Season Comments:  April, May, June, July, August, September
    Primary Season: 
    Permit:  Required year-round. Maximum group size of 24; maximum trip length of 8 days. Applications accepted December 1 through January 31, with a lottery held in February.
    Character/Similar To:  A challenging but not threatening river that flows through deep canyons and rugged, forested mountains. At high flows, the water in the upper section becomes nearly continuous.
    Hazards:  Isolation
    Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
    Land Ownership:  Mixed
    Wilderness:  Yes
    Camping on River:  Excellent. More than 100 riverside campsites, sandy beaches and sandbars except at high flows. Must be reserved with the ranger at the put-in.
    Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), 90 Northeast of Boise
    Shuttle Logistics: 

    Put-in: Turn off Idaho Hwy 21 at mile 110, go nine miles to Bruce Meadows and turn right; ten more miles to Boundry Creek.

    Take-out: Return to Hwy 21, turn left and head 19 miles to Stanley; turn left on Idaho Hwy 75. Just south of Challis, turn left onto US 93. About 22 miles past the town of Salmon, at North Fork, turn left onto USFS Road 030, the "Salmon River Road." Fourty one miles to Cache Bar.

    Middle Fork of the Salmon Wilderness on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

    Last Edited by josho on 5/12/2011

    Towns near Middle Fork of the Salmon Wilderness Kayaking

    Challis Idaho
    Gibbonsville Idaho
    Hailey Idaho
    Idaho Falls Idaho
    Ketchum Idaho
    Mackay Idaho
    North Fork Idaho
    Salmon Idaho
    Stanley Idaho
    Sun Valley Idaho

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