Salmon, E. Fork of S. Fork, Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||75 fpm|
|JOHNSON CREEK AT YELLOW PINE ID|
|usgs-13313000||300 - 1000 cfs||III-V||00h46m||73.3 cfs (too low)|
This run is more difficult at the top and gradually gets easier, making it suitable for a variety
of skills and water levels. It starts out class V (IV at low levels) and ends as class III (II+
at low levels).
The run begins with two long class V rapids called Flight Simulator. The first is near the road and starts out easy and gets harder. The second is far down in the canyon and is hard to see from the road. In fact it is just plain hard. The class IV put-in is just above Caton Creek at Sheep Creek Trailhead. The road is nearby for the rest of the run and roadside scouting is easy. The river is active and some of the drops can be IV+ with enough water in them. Four miles below Caton Creek, after six miles of class IV, Deadman Campground makes a good take-out, put-in, lunch spot. The next five miles to the take-out are gradually easier class III, but you may chose to portage once or twice. You can continue down the South Fork Salmon to the end of the road for another four miles of class II if you like.
Shuttle: Road Map
To get to the take-out: From the South Fork Salmon Road (paved) go up the gravel road toward Yellow Pine less than a half mile, cross the bridge and park.
Intermediate put-ins: Deadman, Caton Creek, and SheepCreek Trailhead are marked by small wooden signs.
To get to the put-in: From MP 47 continue upstream three quarters of a mile past the ranch/development to a dirt side road and park up the road (away from the river). This road is two and one half miles below the intersection of Yellow Pine Ave and Stibnite Rd.
Be careful at high water: