Salmon, Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Salmon-2 - Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam|
|river-608||400 - 6000 cfs||III-IV||cfs|
|SALMON RIVER BL YANKEE FORK NR CLAYTON ID|
|usgs-13296500||800 - 6000 cfs||III-IV||00h39m||478 cfs (too low)|
This section is a great day section on the Main Salmon.
The river upstream of Sunbeam Dam was once drowned by a reservoir until the state of Idaho
blasted the bank next to the dam to provide fish passage. Now, the river provides a great class
III-IV paddling trip.
From Stanley, Idaho this run is mostly Class 2 and all roadside.
At 5000cfs, Shotgun rapid has some Class 4 holes, and the hole at the old dam site is quite the sight from the road. Sneak the Dam on either right or left.
Alternate Put-In: Basin Creek and run five miles down to the Yankee Fork confluence, or go another .7 miles to the bigger boat ramp by Dutchman Flat campground.