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Difficulty III-IV
Length 13 Miles
Gauge Salmon-2 - Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam
Flow Range 400 - 6000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 second ago N/A
Reach Info Last Updated 03/10/2018 12:46 am

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. 

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2012-04-21 n/a Fatality High Water Read More
2010-07-26 n/a Near Miss/Rescue Cold Water Read More
1996-06-17 High Fatality High Water Read More



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Idaho Proposes Registration Fee for Non-Motorized Boats

John Gangemi

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Idaho is proposing a $13 registration fee for non-motorized boats greater than 7 feet in length. Under this registration fee proposal all kayaks and rafts on Idaho waters would be required to have a registration sticker fixed to the bow of each boat greater than 7 feet in length. Stickers would not be transferable between boats. Out of state boaters would be required to comply as well.

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Can You Taste Victory?

American Whitewater

FERC revokes Preliminary Permit for
hydropower project on Boundary Creek in
Northern Idaho.

Matt Muir


Craig Irwin


Bill Hunt


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1190402 11/26/06 n/a n/a
1209047 03/10/18 Craig Irwin 20180309
1207759 06/21/17 Bill Hunt added some info on the main rapids.