Salmon - 8 - Riggins to White Bird

Salmon, Idaho, US


8 - Riggins to White Bird

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 36 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-13317000 3000 - 80000 cfs III 01h08m 3420 cfs (running)

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.


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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-07-08 03:32:54

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-84.3Time Zone RapidIII
-82.7Lightening Creek AccessN/AAccess
-82.3Cherry Creek RapidII
-81.6Chair Creek RapidIII
-81.0Trap Creek RapidIII+
-80.5Fiddle Creek RapidIII
-78.5Black Rock RapidIII
-77.7Old LucilleN/AAccess
-65.3Slate CreekN/AAccess
-64.3Twin BridgesN/AAccess
-60.7Maynard HoleN/AAccess
-59.5Campbell FlatN/AAccess
-57.7Blackhawk RapidIII+Access
-54.3White Bird Gravel PitN/AAccess

Rapid Descriptions

Skookumchuck (Class N/A, Mile -58.1)

Day use site with nice beach and picnic area but no ramp to water.

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