Other Whitewater Trips on the Salmon River

 »  Yankee Fork
 »  Sunbeam Run
 »  Panther Creek, Upper
 »  Panther Creek, Lower
 »  Pine Creek Run
 »  The Main Salmon
 »  Vinegar Creek Run
 »  Riggins to Whitebird
 »  Lower Salmon Gorge
 »  Review this trip
 »  Post Alert for this trip
Lodging in Idaho

 »  Idaho Bed & Breakfasts
 »  Idaho Cabins, Condos, and Vacation Rentals
 »  Idaho Campgrounds
 »  Idaho Hotels & Motels

 Find a Rafting Trip

 Link to Us
 Email This Page to a Friend
 Business Login
 Add a Listing

  Follow Us On Twitter
  Visit Us On Facebook

Paddlesports Schools:

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center
Located in:
Salida, CO

More Details
Our Website
Whitewater Kayaking, Rafting, Rock Climbing, & Mountain Biking: Guided Tours and Professional Instruction. Choose your own a (more...)

Paddlesports Schools:

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

More Details
Our Website
Otter Bar offers all skill levels of whitewater kayak instruction based out of our wilderness lodge on California's pristine Salmo (more...)

Paddlesports Schools:

Great Northern Whitewater Resort/Glacier River School
Located in:
West Glacier, MT

More Details
Our Website
River/Guide school Great Northern Resort has a 36 year history of providing whitewater and fishing trips on the Flathead River in (more...)

Paddlesports Shops:

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
Located in:
Bend, OR

More Details
Our Website
Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe has the largest selection of whitewater kayaks, sea kayaks, recreational kayaks, paddleboards and can (more...)
site home  :: self guided home  :: U.S. river guide  :: Rivers in Idaho  :: Salmon River Idaho  :: The Main Salmon Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip

The Main Salmon Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Salmon River

View larger map of The Main Salmon & get directions
Click 'Earth' to fly through the canyon!
The Main Salmon Info
Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
Put In:  Corn Creek
Take Out:  Carey Creek
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  12 ft/mi
Run Length:  82 miles
Flow Information (phone):  North Fork Ranger District, 208-865-2383, provides
Good Level:  2,000-25,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

For an accurate flow estimate, you must add the Salmon River nr Shoup with the Middle Fork Salmon nr Shoup.

Season Comments:  April, May, June, July, August, September
Primary Season: 
Permit:  Required between Corn Creek and Vinegar Creek (mile 79), June 20-September 7. The application is accepted as part of a four river permit system, along with the Middle Fork Salmon, Selway and Snake. Applications accepted December 1-January 31; lottery held in February. Group limit of 30, maximum trip length of 10 days.
Character/Similar To:  Scenic, big-water river with rolling rapids and excellent surfing opportunities for kayakers. At high flows standing waves and holes can become monsterous.
Hazards:  Isolation
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Almost all National Forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Excellent on large beaches and sand bars. Many sites in conjunction with well maintained trails through Salmon Canyon.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID), 322 miles Northeast of Boise
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Follow US 93 to a wide place in the road called North Fork, 22 miles north of the town of Salmon. Turn west on USFS Road 030, the "Salmon River Road," which crosses the river twice and ends about 45 miles downstream at Corn Creek. The last 30 miles are unpaved, rocky and rough.

Take-out: Return to US 93 and drive north to Lolo, Montana. Turn west on US 12, then at Kooskia turn south on Route 13 to Grangeville. Continue south on US 95 to Riggins. At the south end of town turn east across the Little Salmon River onto USFS Road 103 which leads up to the Main Salmon; about 20 miles to Carey Creek.

The Main Salmon on the Salmon River

Last Edited by bradgoet on 6/9/2011

Towns near The Main Salmon Kayaking

Cascade Idaho
Challis Idaho
Clayton Idaho
Driggs Idaho
Gibbonsville Idaho
Idaho Falls Idaho
Mackay Idaho
McCall Idaho
Missoula Montana
New Meadows Idaho
North Fork Idaho
Pollock Idaho
Riggins Idaho
Salmon Idaho
Stanley Idaho
Tetonia Idaho
Victor Idaho

Other Resources

Conservation Organizations
  • Idaho Rivers United
  • Travel Guides
  • Hamilton Montana Online
  • Idaho Vacation & Travel Planner
  • Salmon Idaho Online