Salmon, S. Fork - 3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River


Salmon, S. Fork, Idaho, US

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3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 33 Miles

Fourth of July weekend 2014


Fourth of July weekend 2014
Photo taken 07/04/14 @ 0 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SF SALMON RIVER NR KRASSEL RANGER STATION ID
usgs-13310700 1.00 - 4.20 ft IV-V 00h58m 1.99 ft (running)


River Description

The South Fork of the Salmon is a great multi-day river trip in central Idaho.  The put in is at the confluence of the South Fork and the Secesh River.  The trip can be combined with runs on the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon, or on the Secesh.  The last 20 miles of the trip are on the Wilderness section of the Main Salmon River.  You must get a permit to run this river from the Krassel Ranger District of the USFS, but they are free and easy to get (there is no lottery).
(this would be the shuttle going to the takeout at Vinegar Creek: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/45.4587141,-115.9044132/@45.0933011,-116.8526685,8z/data=!4m7!4m6!1m3!2m2!1d-115.7396364!2d44.930362!1m0!3e0 ) 

The river changes dramatically with flow.  At base flows it is an enjoyable Class III+ paddling trip with a few rapids that may be considered Class IV.  Fall Creek Rapid, near the end of the run is a standout rapid harder than all the rest at low flows.  During spring snowmelt the South Fork dishes out some of the biggest water around and is a committing Class V expedition.  Expect huge waves and holes, many of which are unavoidable, stacked throughout the run.  Medium flows provide an experience somewhere in the middle.  Rafting descents of the South Fork are challenging and relatively rare.  It is largely the domain of self-support kayakers.   

The scenery is spectacular.  While much of the river flows through a roadless area, there are several ranches and small developments scattered along the river corridor as well as one significant road crossing.  Camping is great but sparse. 

Permit Information

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd526083.pdf

Obtained in person at the McCall Ranger District in McCall, Idaho; OR You can print out the permit at the link below, fill it in, sign it, and mail it to the McCall Ranger District, C/O Front Desk, 102 W. Lake St., McCall, ID 83638 or scan and email the signed form to lisamthompson@fs.fed.us Permit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd526083.pdf The district will then mail you back your tag(s) with your permit number(s) that gets attached to your boat, allowing you to exit to either Cache Bar on the Main Salmon for those floating Big Creek; or Vinegar Creek or Carey Creek on the Main Salmon for those floating out of the SFSR. Please allow approximately 7 days for your permit request to be processed. If you have ANY questions, feel free to call the McCall Ranger District at (208)634-0400. that permits can be picked up at the McCall Forest Service Office


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Last Updated: 2018-08-06 19:48:37

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Fall Creek Rapid

Detail Trip Report  Fall Creek Rapid  @Salmon, S. Fork 3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River, ID(369.29KB .jpeg)

SF Salmon 1

Detail Trip Report  SF Salmon 1  Salmon, S. Fork, ID(2.60MB .jpeg)

South Fork Salmon at Low Water

Detail Trip Report  South Fork Salmon at Low Water  Salmon, S. Fork, ID(1.48MB .jpeg)

Typical South Fork View

Detail Trip Report  Typical South Fork View  Salmon, S. Fork, ID(1.68MB .jpeg)

Upper Canyon of the South Fork Salmon

Detail Trip Report  Upper Canyon of the South Fork Salmon  @Salmon, S. Fork 3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River, (2.86MB .jpeg)

Side Waterfall on the SF Salmon

Detail Trip Report  Side Waterfall on the SF Salmon  @Salmon, S. Fork 3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River, (2.91MB .jpeg)

South Fork Salmon Canyon

Detail Trip Report  South Fork Salmon Canyon  @Salmon, S. Fork 3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River, (2.94MB .jpeg)

SF Salmon 3

Detail Trip Report  SF Salmon 3  Salmon, S. Fork, ID(2.46MB .jpeg)

SF Salmon 2

Detail Trip Report  SF Salmon 2  Salmon, S. Fork, ID(2.49MB .jpeg)

Fourth of July weekend 2014

Detail Trip Report  Fourth of July weekend 2014  @Salmon, S. Fork 3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River, ID(68.81KB .jpeg)

Fourth of July weekend 2014

Detail Trip Report  Fourth of July weekend 2014  @Salmon, S. Fork 3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River, ID(76.11KB .jpeg)

Fall Creek #3

Detail Trip Report  Fall Creek #3  @Salmon, S. Fork 3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River, ID(208.12KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

At low flows around 2 feet this run is Class III/IV with Fall Creek Rapid being a solid IV.  At high flows the run is a very stout Class V big water run.  At According to Amaral's book it is IV-V difficulty at 4.2 feet and higher. (See his book for important insights and caveats about this gage!)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
SF SALMON RIVER NR KRASSEL RANGER STATION ID
usgs-13310700 1.00 - 4.20 ft IV-V 00h58m 1.99 ft (running)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
1.00 -4.20 ft barely runnable-high runnable IV-V

Report - Reports of Salmon, S. Fork 3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Salmon, S. Fork3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River [ID] Account of 06/20/09 n/a 0
163d14h25m /Salmon, S. Fork-3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River [ID] Fall Creek Rapid 2.83 ft Adam Attarian
3y38d11h02m /Salmon, S. Fork-3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River [ID] Fall Creek #3 n/a Matt Barnes
4y160d15h41m /Salmon, S. Fork-3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River [ID] Fourth of July weekend 2014 0 cfs Sarah Mello
4y161d11h41m /Salmon, S. Fork-3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River [ID] Fourth of July weekend 2014 0 cfs Sarah Mello
6y171d11h02m /Salmon, S. Fork-3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River [ID] Account of 06/24/12 0 cfs Daniel Anderson
8y49d09h46m /Salmon, S. Fork-3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River South Fork Salmon Canyon 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
8y49d09h50m /Salmon, S. Fork-3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River Side Waterfall on the SF Salmon n/a Kevin Colburn
8y49d09h50m /Salmon, S. Fork-3 - East Fork of South Fork to Salmon River Upper Canyon of the South Fork Salmon 0 cfs Kevin Colburn
> 10 years Salmon, S. Fork [ID] SF Salmon 2 n/a Megi Morishita
> 10 years Salmon, SF [ID] SF Salmon 3 ft Megi Morishita
> 10 years Salmon, S. Fork [ID] SF Salmon 1 3 ft 0
> 10 years Salmon, S. Fork [ID] Typical South Fork View 1.65 ft Kevin Colburn
> 10 years Salmon, S. Fork [ID] South Fork Salmon at Low Water 1.65 Kevin Colburn

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