Salmon - 2 - Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam

Salmon, Idaho, US


2 - Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam (Sunbeam Run)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 13 Miles

Sunbeam Dam and Past Reservoir Site

Sunbeam Dam and Past Reservoir Site
Photo of Sunbeam Dam by Kevin Colburn

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Salmon-2 - Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam
river-608 400 - 6000 cfs III-IV cfs
usgs-13296500 800 - 6000 cfs III-IV 00h39m 478 cfs (too low)

River Description

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. 

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-03-10 00:46:34


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