Big Creek (Tributary of Middle Fork Salmon River), Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
Big Creek is a beautiful creek that enters the Middle Fork Salmon just upstream of Impassable Canyon. The run is Class III+ or IV depending on water levels and wood. You can fly or even drive to put ins, or like most folks who run Big Creek, you can carry your boat up from the confluence and enjoy the final canyon section of the stream. You can run Big Creek if you have a Middle Fork Salmon permit, or can get a non-lottery permit for Big Creek so long as you don't camp on the Middle Fork.
Lat / Longitude data are very approximate.
Run includes 20 miles on Middle Fork; Permit required
No permits are needed to float Big Creek itself, but permits to float Big Creek into the Middle Fork Salmon can be: Obtained in person at the McCall Ranger District in McCall, Idaho; OR You can print out the permit here, fill it in, sign it, and mail it to the McCall Ranger District, C/O Front Desk, 102 W. Lake St., McCall, ID 83638 or scan and email the signed form to email@example.com The district will then mail you back your tag(s) with your permit number(s) that gets attached to your boat, allowing you to exit to either Cache Bar on the Main Salmon for those floating Big Creek; or Vinegar Creek or Carey Creek on the Main Salmon for those floating out of the SFSR. Please allow approximately 7 days for your permit request to be processed. If you have ANY questions, feel free to call the McCall Ranger District at (208)634-0400.