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.
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Sun Beam Dam
Sunbeam Dam and Past Reservoir Site
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