Difficulty III-IV
Length 96 Miles
Flow Range 700 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 34 minutes ago 599 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/10/2019 10:38 pm

River Description

SEASON: As one of the few multi-day trips in the lower 48 with unregulated flows, it's always a challenge to plan your trip and decide what launch dates to request six months in advance. The road to the put-in is generally clear by early June. If it's not, kayakers can paddle in on Marsh Creek and rafts can fly in to a point further downstream. Weather for pre-season trips can be cold but you'll likely have your pick of hot springs as fewer people boat the river. During high snow pack years flows can be dangerously high in the early part of June--many trips have met with disaster in high water years. The greatest demand for permits is always towards the end of June. In low snow years you should still have plenty of water and in high snow years you'll be past the peak. Decent boating opportunities normally persist into July and by August the river is typically pretty low.

LOGISTICS: Trips start out at the Boundary Creek put-in (at the base of Dagger Falls). From Highway 21, take FR 579 about 10 miles, and then bear right on FR 568 which goes another 13 miles to the launch ramp. It's best to arrive the evening before your launch if you want to strategize for the best campsites. For kayak self support trips early in the season you may have to put in on Marsh Creek. In high snow pack years the road to Boundary Creek may not be accessible until early June. Rafts use the Indian Creek airstrip as an alternate access point particularly later in the season when flows are too low for the upper section. The shuttle is 210 miles and takes a full day. Groups often hire someone locally to run the shuttle for them. The take-out is the Cache Bar boat ramp on the mainstem of the Salmon River.

DESCRIPTION: Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon is considered by many to be the country's premier multi-day whitewater trip. With unregulated flows, remarkable wilderness scenery, numerous hot springs, a native fishery, and great whitewater it's no wonder that anyone who secures a permit in the annual lottery has no trouble finding people who want to go. Most plan for a week-long trip on this federally designated Wild and Scenic River with full raft support, but kayakers have paddled it as a long--and intense--day trip during peak snow melt in the highest water years.

From Dagger Falls the river starts right off with some great continuous whitewater action (at 40' per mile). At moderate flows this section provides some of the best rapids of the trip, but at higher flows it can be a little too much action for inexperienced paddlers. Several groups, especially those with less experienced raft crews, have gotten into serious trouble right away when attempting this section at high water. At low flows this section can be a real pain with rafts. While kayaks can make their way through the shallow boulder gardens, those with rafts should consider flying in to the Indian Creek access downstream when flows begin to drop down to 1200 cfs. Even kayaks may want to use this alternate access at flows below 700 cfs. Velvet Falls, Powerhouse, and Pistol Creek are good rapids that come early in the trip. Once you pass Indian Creek the river eases up (23' per mile from here to the take-out), but you still have good whitewater. The Tappan Rapids and Haystack are highlights of this section. Most of the best whitewater, and some incredible surfing at higher flows, comes near the end in the Impassable Canyon--so named for the fact that there is no land route. The rapids Redside, Weber, and Rubber are all found in this stretch.

The run ends with a four-mile paddle on the Main Salmon to Cache Bar.

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Rapid Descriptions

Boundary Creek

Class - N/A Mile - 0

Boundary Creek Boat Launch. Mile 0. Permits and schedules are issued here. Credit for the lat/long coordinates and descriptions for this and the other rapids and features goes to Fred Williams and GPXchange.com. Contents used by permission. Thanks!

First Bend

Class - II Mile - 0.1
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Bends right and divides in the middle. Center channel is usually best.

Murph's Hole

Class - IV Mile - 0.9

At high water (above 4 feet) this is one of the most difficult rapids on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. You can scout it the night before by walking down the trail on river left. There is a boat flipping hole on the right that gets harder to avoid as the flows get higher.

If you flip here at flows above 5 feet you may not be able to recover the boat for a few miles. A swim could be very long and potentially life threatening.

Teepee Hole Camp (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 1
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Teepee Hole Camp. A small but heavily used site good for 10 people or less.

Cable Hole Camp (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 1.7
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Cable Hole Camp. A small camp located on a rocky bench with some clear areas. Suitable for 10 people of less.

Gardell's Hole Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 2.9
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Gardell's Hole Camp. A large camp on a sand and gravel bar just above a large pool and Sulfur Slide Rapid.

Sulphur Slide Rapid

Class - III Mile - 3.2
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Sulphur Slide Rapid (Class III). This is a steep, fairly long rock garden. At moderate to high water start left and work center. Advisable to scout at low water.

Ramshorn Rapid

Class - III Mile - 4
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Ramshorn Rapid (Class III).

Velvet Falls

Class - IV Mile - 5.3
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Velvet Falls Rapid (Class IV). Look for a large 10 x 10 x 20 foot boulder on the river left bank with a small creek on river right. Hug the left bank just past the boulder for a chute that avoids the recirculating ledge.

Boy Scout Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 5.7
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Boy Scout Camp. A small rocky camp on river right.

Big Bend Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 6.8
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Big Bend Camp. A large camp on a low sandy bench with both timber and open areas.

Trail Flat Camp (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 7.3
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Trail Flat Camp. A large camp on a bench just above the river. Hot springs at water's edge washes out at high water.

Avalanche Atoll (aka Upper Chutes)

Class - N/A Mile - 7.7
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These rapids are immediately following the hot springs at Trail Flat an are very challenging at flows below 2.2 feet.

The Chutes

Class - III+ Mile - 7.9
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The Chutes Rapids (Class III). Stay left, avoiding the rock at the channel entrance.

Elkhorn Bar Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 8.9
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Elkhorn Bar Camp. Camping is possible both on the higher bank and just around the bend at this large camp. Look for a large rock in the center of the river, just above the camp.

Saddle Camp (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 9.7
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Saddle Camp. This site is named for the large grassy saddle on the ridge above the timbered flat, where the camp is located.

Boot Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 9.9
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Boot Camp. A very small site located on a high, timbered bench.

Powerhouse Rapid

Class - IV Mile - 11.5
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Powerhouse Rapids (Class III-IV). You can land on the right just above to scout from a bench above the river. A cabin and other ruins are found here.

Joe Bump Camp (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 12.1
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Joe Bump Cabin and Camp. This large camp is on a timbered bench just across from Soldier Creek. Joe Bump's cabin can be found upstream by following the well worn trail a couple hundred yards.

Scout Camp (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 13.1
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This is a great camp near Sheepeater Hot Springs

Sheepeater Camp (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 13.3
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Sheepeater Camp. Landing can be a problem at low water because the river is wide and shallow here. A hot spring can be found on the terrace above the camp.

Fire Island Camp (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 14.9
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Fire Island Camp. Space for a large party on this low timber and grassy bench.

Lake Creek Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 14.9
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Lake Creek Camp. Mile 14.9. This large camp is just across the river from Lake Creek.

John's Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 15.3
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John's Camp. This large camp occupies the bench where the river bends sharply to the right.

Greyhound Creek Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 16
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Greyhound Creek Camp. This small camp is by a large pool about 10 feet above the river back into the trees.

Dome Hole Camp (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 16.1
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Dome Hole Camp. This small camp lies just past the pool on river left.

Artillery Rapids

Class - III Mile - 16.9
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Artillery Rapids (Class II). This is a series of long but relatively easy rapids.

Rapid River Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 18.5
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Rapid River Camp. Room for a large party on this timbered bench.

Big Snag Camp (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 19.7
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Big Snag Camp. A large campsite above a calm pool.

Dolly Lake Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 19.8
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Dolly Lake Camp. This large camp is located just below the calm pool on a right-hand bend.

Cannon Creek Rapidd

Class - III Mile - 20
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Cannon Creek Rapids (Class III). Work left to avoid the ledge.

Quick Stop (RR)

Class - Mile - 20.9
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Quick Stop Camp. Mile 20.9. A very small camp where the river bends sharply above Pistol Creek Rapid. Site provides a landing for scouting the rapid ahead.

Pistol Creek

Class - IV Mile - 21.4
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Pistol Creek Rapids (Class IV). Mile 21.4. A tight S turn that is generally run left to avoid the rocks and hold jutting from the right bank.

Pistol Creek (RL)

Class - Mile - 21.5
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Pistol Creek Camp. Mile 21.4. A large camp located on a low sandy bench.

Pistol Creek Ranch (RL)

Class - Mile - 22.4
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Pistol Creek Ranch. A small airstrip services a number of privately owned cabins.

Airplane Camp (RL)

Class - Mile - 23.9
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Airplane Camp. Mile 23.9. A large open timbered site just across from Short Creek.

Guard Station (RL)

Class - Mile - 24.7
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Guard Station Camp. Mile 24.7. Camping is possible at a variety of spots. However, this areas serves mostly as a launching area for low-water trips that have been flown in to the airstrip above.

Pack Bridge Camp (RL)

Class - Mile - 25.1
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Pack Bridge Camp. Mile 25.1. This camp is found just upstream of the pack bridge.

Indian Creek (RL)

Class - Mile - 26.2
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Indian Creek Camp. Mile 26.2. This large camp is found just upstream of Indian Creek.

Pungo Creek (RL)

Class - Mile - 27.4
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Pungo Creek Camp. Mile 27.4. Landing is easy at this large, heavily used camp.

Little Soldier (RR)

Class - Mile - 30.8
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Little Soldier Camp. Mile 30.8. Landing is just below the creek. Plenty of camping is found among the timber on the higher benches.

Marble Creek (RL)

Class - Mile - 31.6
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Marble Creek Camp. Mile 31.6. This camp is on a very large low bench along a quiet pool.

Marble Creek

Class - III Mile - 31.7

Marble Creek Rapids (Class III). Follow the center channel.

Marble Creek Camp 2 (RR)

Class - Mile - 31.8
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Marble Creek Camp #2. Mile 31.7. This camp occupies a grassy timber bench just below the rapids. Landing is easy.

Sunflower Flat (RR)

Class - Mile - 32.6
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Sunflower Flat. Mile 32.6. A small campsite located at a terraced and cascading hot springs.

Lost Oak (RL)

Class - Mile - 32.7
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Lost Oak Camp. Mile 32.6. Large camp on a timbered bench.

Middle Fork Lodge

Class - N/A Mile - 33.3

Middle Fork Lodge. Mile 33.3. Privately owned fishing lodge and retreat.

State Land (RR)

Class - Mile - 34.6
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State Land Camp. Mile 34.6. A large camp on a low bench among scattered ponderosa pines.

Little Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 35.8
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Little Creek Camp. Mile 35.8. A large camp located on a large bench just downstream of Little Creek Guard Station.

Hood Ranch (RL)

Class - Mile - 35.9
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Hood Ranch Camp. Mile 35.9. Large campsite signalled by the old cabin. Land in the shallow channel on the right or just below the bar. A hot springs is found on the downstream of the camp.


Class - III Mile - 37.2
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Jackass Rapids (Class III). Mile 37.2. Run is hard right.

Upper Jackass Flat (RR)

Class - Mile - 37.3
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Upper Jackass Flat Camp. Mile 37.3. A large camp.

Lower Jackass Flat (RR)

Class - Mile - 37.6
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Lower Jackass Flat Camp. Mile 37.6. A large camp on a mostly timbered low bench.

Cameron Creek (RL)

Class - Mile - 39.2
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Cameron Creek Camp. Mile 39.2. This small camp is on a large sagebrush flat across from Little Loon Creek.

Cougar Creek Ranch (RR)

Class - Mile - 40.4
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Cougar Creek Ranch (private). Mile 40.4.


Class - Mile - 41.6
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Mahoney Camp. Mile 41.6. Small beach camp adjacent to a large pool.

Pine Creek Flat (RR)

Class - Mile - 43.2
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Pine Creek Flat Camp. Mile 43.2. Large camp on a sagebrush flat above the river.

Culver Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 45.6
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Culver Creek Camp. Mile 45.6. The small camp is signalled by a rocky outcrop just upstream.

Whitey Cox (RR)

Class - Mile - 46.2
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Whitey Cox Camp. Mile 46.2. This camp is located on a large sandy, gravel bar dominated by a single large ponderosa. A hot springs in located on the bench above. Named for a miner who perished while prospecting in 1954 and is buried here.

Rock Island (RL)

Class - Mile - 46.3
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Rock Island Camp. Mile 46.3. Large campsite located on a low bench with timber and flat ground.

Pebble Beach (RL)

Class - Mile - 46.6
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Pebble Beach Camp. Mile 46.6. Low bench with timber and room for a large party.

White Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 47.3
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White Creek Camp. Mile 47.3. This camp is located just across from White Creek.

Shelf (RR)

Class - Mile - 48.1
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Shelf Camp. Mile 48.1. Access is easy to this camp.

Big Loon (RR)

Class - Mile - 49.3
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Big Loon Camp. Mile 49.3. This camp is large and relatively shadeless. An excellent hot springs is found by hiking the trail approximately 1 mile up Loon Creek.

Cow Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 49.9
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Cow Creek Camp. Mile 49.9. Small camp on a brush-covered bar.

Cave Camp (RR)

Class - Mile - 51.8
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Cave Camp. Mile 51.8. Small camp located on river right just as the cove on the left bank comes into view.

Hospital Bar (RL)

Class - Mile - 52.1
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Hospital Bar Camp. Large camp on a low bench with plenty of shade. A hot springs is found on river's edge just upstream of the camp, but can be under water at high flows.

Horsetail (RR)

Class - Mile - 52.7
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Horsetail Camp. Mile 52.7. Small camp on a high timbered bench.

Cub Creek (RL)

Class - Mile - 53.5
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Cub Creek Camp. Mile 53.5. Small camp located just above the mouth of the creek.

Upper Grouse Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 56.4
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Upper Grouse Creek Camp. A large camp with an easy landing.

Lower Grouse Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 56.5
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Lower Grouse Creek Camp. Mile 56.5. Land in the middle of Grouse Creek rapid just before the river swings left.

Tappan Creek Cabin (RR)

Class - Mile - 56.6
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Tappan Creek Cabin. Mile 56.6.

Tappan Island Center

Class - Mile - 57
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Tappan Island Camp. Low open island. Land from the swift water in the right channel.

Tappan I

Class - III Mile - 57.5

Tappan I Rapid (Class II). Stay in the center.

Tappan Falls

Class - IV Mile - 57.9

Tappan Falls Rapid (Class III). Mile 57.9. Best run is right near the bank. Scouting is recommended at lower flows.

Tappan II

Class - III Mile - 58.2
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Tappan II Rapid (Class III). After passing the boulder in river center, move right.

Tappan III

Class - III Mile - 58.4
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Tappan III (Class III). Mile 58.4. Stay to the left.

Camas Creek Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 59.9

Camas Creek Camp. Mile 59.9. This large camp is found just above the mouth of Camas Creek.

Johnny Walker (RL)

Class - Mile - 60.6
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Johnny Walker Camp. Mile 60.6. Large camp on a low timbered bench backed by a steep rock wall.

Pool (RR)

Class - Mile - 61.1
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Pool Camp. Mile 61.1. Small camp on a bench next to a large quiet pool.

Funston (RL)

Class - Mile - 61.6
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Funston Camp. Mile 61.6. Small site is a sandy beach on the river just downstream of Big Bear Creek.

Broken Oar (RR)

Class - Mile - 61.9
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Broken Oar Camp. Mile 61.9. Small camp on a sandy sagebrush flat with some trees.

Shark Fin Pictographs (RL)

Class - N/A Mile - 62.2

Petroglyphs in a cave above the river. Large boulders mark the river bank.

Aparejo Point

Class - III Mile - 62.8
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Aparejo Point Rapids (Class II). Mile 62.8. Enter center and work left.

Normandy Beach (RL)

Class - Mile - 64.3
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Normandy Beach Camp. Mile 64.3. Small camp on a scattered pine and sagebrush beach.

Trail Camp (RR)

Class - Mile - 64.5
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Trail Camp. Mile 64.5. Large popular camp on a low timbered bench.

Sheep Creek (RL)

Class - Mile - 65.3
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Sheep Creek Camp. Mile 65.3. A very large camp on the upstream side of Sheep Creek.

Flying B (RL)

Class - Mile - 66.7
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Flying B Ranch. Paddlers ofter visit the small store located here for beer and other items.

Flying B Camp (RR)

Class - Mile - 66.8
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Flying B Camp. Mile 66.8. Small camp at water's edge.

Flying B Airport Camp (RR)

Class - Mile - 67.7
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Flying B Airport Camp. Mile 67.7. This large camp is found on the bank just across from the airport.

Haystack Rapids

Class - III Mile - 68.1
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Haystack Rapids (Class III). A long rock garden that present different routes a different flows.

Bernard Camp (RL)

Class - Mile - 68.7
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Bernard Camp. Mile 68.7. Large camp located just downstream of the Bernard Creek airstrip.

Short Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 68.9
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Short Creek Camp. Mile 68.9. Mid-sized camp on a sage flat bordered by a rocky shore.

Cold Spring (RR)

Class - Mile - 70.2
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Cold Spring Camp. Mile 70.2. This small camp is located 20 feet above the river and back in the trees.

Jack Creek Rapids

Class - III Mile - 70.7

Jack Creek Rapids (Class III). Mile 70.7.This stretch extends nearly a half mile and at high water contains many fun big waves.

Little Pine (RL)

Class - Mile - 71.4
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Little Pine Creek Camp. Mile 71.4. Medium sized camp located just below Jack Creek Rapids.

Driftwood (RR)

Class - Mile - 72.1
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Driftwood Camp. Mile 72.1. This large camp has tree cover in back of the beach.

Wilson Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 72.9
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Wilson Creek Camp. Mile 72.9. Large, easily seen campsite. Sandy with scattered brush.

Grassy Flat (RL)

Class - Mile - 73
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Grassy Flat I Camp. Mile 73.0. Large campsite located on the large open bench opposite Wilson Creek.

Grassy Flat Ii (RL)

Class - Mile - 73.2
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Grassy Flat II Camp. Mile 73.2. Another large camp on an open bench.

Rattlesnake Cave (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 74.4

Rattlesnake Cave. Mile 74.4. Camping prohibited. Cave contains Indian petroglyphs.

Survey Creek (RL)

Class - Mile - 74.8
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Survey Creek Camp. Mile 74.8. Good timber cover at this large camp with a small sandy beach at the lower end.

Woolard Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 74.9
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Woolard Creek Camp. Mile 74.9. A large camp on a grassy bench. Land on the upstream end.

Fly Camp (RR)

Class - N/A Mile - 75.7

Fly Camp. Mile 75.7. A small camp on a sandy beach identified by Kimmel Creek waterfall on the opposite bank.

Fish Camp (RL)

Class - Mile - 77.4
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Fish Camp. Mile 77.4. A small camp located at the upstream end of a rock bar bordered by thick brush and timber.

Waterfall Crk Rapid

Class - III Mile - 77.6
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Waterfall Creek Rapids (Class III). Mile 77.6. Run right or left at low flows.

Waterfall Creek

Class - Mile - 77.8
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Waterfall Creek and Falls. Mile 77.8.

Big Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 77.9
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Big Creek Camp. Mile 77.9. A small brushy camp just upstream of Big Creek.

Last Chance Camp (RR)

Class - Mile - 78
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Last Chance Camp. Mile 78.0. Land on the downstream end of the bench. Camp is on a high narrow bench with sand, grass and boulders.

Pine Bluff (RL)

Class - Mile - 78.7
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Pine Bluff Camp. Mile 78.7. Small sandy camp on a timbered site.

Cutthroat Cove (RL)

Class - Mile - 78.9
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Cutthroat Cove Camp. Mile 78.9. Camp on a small sandbar backed by rock and brush.

Big Pine (RR)

Class - Mile - 79.2
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Big Pine Camp. A small site at the end of a long pool. Site is a sandbar grading into timber.

Elk Bar (RL)

Class - Mile - 79.6
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Elk Bar Camp. Mile 79.6. A large site with a sandbar just below a small rapid. Upstream end is rocky grading into a high bench.

Love Bar (RL)

Class - Mile - 79.7
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Love Bar Camp. A small site just downstream of Elk Bar Camp.

Veil Falls (RL)

Class - Mile - 80.7
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Veil Falls. Mile 80.7. A misty falls high above the river. This steep short hike is worth making high into the cave behind the falls.


Class - III Mile - 81

Porcupine Rapids (Class III). Mile 81.0. A short straightforward rapid on a sharp right bend. Enter center and then work left.

Redside (RL)

Class - Mile - 82.5
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Redside Camp. Mile 82.5. Small camp just upstream of Redside rapids at the mouth of a small creek. Site is on a high bench with scattered timber.


Class - IV Mile - 82.7

Redside Rapids (Class III). Runs vary depending on flows.


Class - IV Mile - 83

Weber Rapids (Class III-IV). Run center or center left at most flows.

Papoose (RL)

Class - Mile - 84.4
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Papoose Camp. Mile 84.4. A very small camp located at the mouth of Papoose Creek.

Ship Island (RL)

Class - Mile - 84.5
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Ship Island Camp. Mile 84.5. This large camp is located on the bench above the rocky shore. Landing can be fast.

Lightning Strike (RL)

Class - Mile - 85
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Lightning Strike Camp. Mile 85.0. Small beach camp.

Parrot Placer (RR)

Class - Mile - 86.2
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Parrot Placer Camp. Mile 86.2. A large camp on a sandy beach surrounded by trees and brush.

Parrot Cabin (RL)

Class - Mile - 87.9
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Parrot Cabin Camp. Mile 87.9. Cabin is just below the mouth of Nugget Creek. Camp area is small.

Upper Cliffside

Class - III Mile - 88.5

Upper Cliffside Rapids (Class III). Run inside on this right hand corner.

Cradle Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 88.6
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Cradle Creek Camp. Mile 88.6. Mid-sized camp on a bench by a large boulder. Land in the eddy just beyond the rapids.

Lower Cliffside

Class - III Mile - 88.7
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Lower Cliffside Rapids (Class III). A rock garden that develops holes on the right at high flows.

Tumble Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 88.8
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Tumble Creek Camp. Mile 88.8. Large camp on a high grassy bench above the mouth of Tumble Creek.

Ouzel (RL)

Class - Mile - 89.6
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Ouzel Camp. Mile 89.6. A small sandy beach camp with rocks.


Class - IV Mile - 91.1

Rubber Rapids (Class III-IV). Mile 91.1. Stay in the center and follow the main current.


Class - IV Mile - 92.2

Hancock Rapids (Class III-IV). Mile 92.2. Large standing waves as the river rounds the corner below the creek entering on river right.

Solitude (RL)

Class - Mile - 92.7
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Solitude Camp. Mile 92.7. A small camp located on a low sandbar.

Devil's Tooth

Class - III Mile - 93.4

Devil's Tooth Rapid (Class III). Run to the right of center in this drop punctuated by large boulders.

House Rock Rapid

Class - N/A Mile - 94

House Rock Rapids (Class III). Harder at high flows when a hard left is required.

Goat Creek (RR)

Class - Mile - 94.9
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Goat Creek Camp. Mile 94.9. A very small camp among the rocks just below Goat Creek Rapids.


Class - N/A Mile - 96.3

Confluence with the Main Salmon. Mile 96.3.

Cramer Creek

Class - IV Mile - 99
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Cramer Creek Rapids Class IV. Run right of center. Huge hole left of center

Cache Bar (RR)

Class - Mile - 99.7
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Cache Bar Landing. Mile 99.7. This is the standard takeout for the Middle Fork.


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44.531800, -115.294367, 0.0M, Boundary Creek, RL
44.624550, -115.198500, 10.7M, Scout Camp, RL
44.783900, -114.856233, 46.2M, Whitey Cox Grave, RR
45.032400, -114.724000, 72.9M, Wilson Creek, RR
44.891583, -114.722533, 59.9M, Camas Creek, RR
44.956683, -114.734633, 66.8M, Flying "B" Ranch, RL
45.211017, -114.684117, 87.9M, Parrot Cabin, RL
45.318583, -114.636583, 99.7M, Cache Bar, RR

Gage Descriptions

The gauge is at Middle Fork Lodge. Middle Fork regulars often refer to the staff gauge in feet. 3'=1830 cfs, 4'=2700 cfs, 5'=5300 cfs (the meaning of the staff gauge changes slightly from year-to-year depending on changes in river bed morphology). Flows above 5000 cfs are considered high water which becomes more of an issue for rafts. Expert kayakers have paddled the river much higher. Below 1200 cfs the upper section starts to get a bit boney.

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2018-06-09 Medium Fatality Other Read More
2016-07-19 n/a Fatality Other Read More
2013-07-26 Low Fatality Other Read More
2012-06-03 n/a Fatality Cold Water Read More
2011-06-16 High Fatality High Water Read More
2010-06-04 High Fatality High Water Read More
2008-07-26 n/a Injury Read More
1997-05-27 High Fatality High Water Read More
1995-07-25 Medium Fatality Failed Rescue Read More
1984-08-15 Low Fatality Other Read More




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Middle Fork Salmon Protection Grows Thanks to Federal Funding

Kevin Colburn

The Trust for Public Land last week announced the purchase of a critical 80-acre private property in the heart of the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Idaho. This land will be added to the Frank Church and made available for all to enjoy as unspoiled wilderness, and will help protect the incomparable Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

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New Online Reservations Coming for Four Idaho Rivers

Kevin Colburn

If you want to obtain a permit to float the Selway, Snake, Middle Fork of the Salmon, or wild main Salmon Rivers in 2010, you need to know about changes coming in the Forest Service permit lottery and launch reservation system. The Four Rivers Lottery is going “green”, incorporating an entirely online system as part of our desire to go paperless.

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Middle Fork Salmon Mine Proposed (ID)

Kevin Colburn

A mining company has proposed a large scale mining exploration operation 3 miles inside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  The mining operation would take place in the Big Creek watershed, which enters the Middle Fork Salmon at the beginning of Impassable Canyon.  American Whitewater filed preliminary comments on the proposal this month, and will alert paddlers to additional comment opportunities later this spring. 

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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.

Zachary W Collier


Thomas O'Keefe


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1213619 09/10/19 Zachary W Collier updated image position
1190412 02/04/04 Thomas O'Keefe n/a
1210537 11/17/18 Thomas O'Keefe Update to Murph's Hole
1198895 12/01/10 Thomas O'Keefe permit update
1198954 12/04/10 Thomas O'Keefe Changed low end flow based on request
1208619 12/28/17 Thomas O'Keefe permit edit
1202977 01/03/14 Thomas O'Keefe permit link updated
1210526 11/15/18 Thomas O'Keefe permit link updated
1207037 12/05/16 Thomas O'Keefe permit updated
1210764 12/29/18 Zachary W Collier Updated mileage to match Matt Leidecker's book through mile 20