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Difficulty III
Length 36 Miles
Gauge SALMON RIVER AT WHITE BIRD ID
Flow Range 3000 - 80000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 31 minutes ago 7340 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/08/2016 3:32 am

River Description


This section of the Salmon River between Riggins and Whitebird is paralleled by Highway 95 which makes for an easy shuttle and provides a number of alternative access points for day trips.

While this section is less known than the multi-day stretches on the Salmon that attract paddlers from across the country, you will find great whitewater, easy logistics, and a long summer season on this run. If you want to sample what the Salmon River has to offer without packing 5 days worth of food and hundreds of pounds of gear, this is the place to go.

A number of class III rapids are good for instruction with long stretches between rapids to recover or practice a few more rolls. Several local outfitters provide half day or full day trips and Riggins is a fun river town if you are looking for a place to hang out and enjoy the scene.

Logistics: 

Put-in is at City Ramp in Riggins. The takeout is the Hammer Creek Launch Site at river mile 52.5 but there are multiple access points along the way. Most of the rapids are in the first few miles.

Rapid Descriptions

Time Zone Rapid

Class - III Mile - -84.3
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Lightening Creek Access

Class - N/A Mile - -82.7
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Cherry Creek Rapid

Class - II Mile - -82.3
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Chair Creek Rapid

Class - III Mile - -81.6
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Trap Creek Rapid

Class - III+ Mile - -81
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Fiddle Creek Rapid

Class - III Mile - -80.5
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Black Rock Rapid

Class - III Mile - -78.5
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Old Lucille

Class - N/A Mile - -77.7
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Lucile

Class - N/A Mile - -77.3
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Slate Creek

Class - N/A Mile - -65.3
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Twin Bridges

Class - N/A Mile - -64.3
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Maynard Hole

Class - N/A Mile - -60.7
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Campbell Flat

Class - N/A Mile - -59.5
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Skookumchuck

Class - N/A Mile - -58.1
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Day use site with nice beach and picnic area but no ramp to water.

Blackhawk Rapid

Class - III+ Mile - -57.7
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White Bird Gravel Pit

Class - N/A Mile - -54.3
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Date Flow Result Factor  
2018-08-28 Low Fatality One Boat Trip Read More
2014-06-08 High Fatality High Water Read More
1994-08-28 Low Fatality Other Read More

Alerts

News

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Mine proposed on/in the Salmon River

2007-07-17 00:00:00-04
Kevin Colburn

The Idaho Department of Lands will hear public comments on a proposal to mine state lands below the ordinary high water mark on the Salmon River upstream from Lucile ID at a hearing tomorrow, July 18th.  They will also accept written comments.
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Idaho Proposes Registration Fee for Non-Motorized Boats

2004-01-20 00:00:00-05
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?

2001-10-23 00:00:00-04
American Whitewater

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

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Thomas O'Keefe