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Difficulty III-IV at this flow (III-IV normally)
Length 26.8 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 3500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 216 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/07/2018 2:21 pm

River Description

The last 2-3 miles of the Yankee Fork offer paddlers a fun roadside class III+ or IV+ romp depending on the level. It is some of the most accessible creek boating in the area, though feels more like a small river than a creek. It is all scoutable from the road. The rapids are boulder gardens at low flows and wave trains at high flows, and the creek stays runnable at a wide range of flows.

Most whitewater paddlers will want to put in at the first road bridge over the creek and paddle the last 2 miles of the Yankee Fork. There is another mile of good warm up that you can add. Above that are many miles of floatable and mellow creek. You can take out before the Salmon or keep paddling to continue on downstream through the remainder of the fun Class III Sunbeam Section of the Salmon. Check this one out on your way to an early season Middle Fork Salmon trip, and don't miss the historical sites at Sunbeam Dam and further up the Yankee Fork.   


Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.

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lance clark
13 years ago

from the dredge to the salmon confluence is a pretty run, somewhat continuous class II+ III- or so at mid summer flows. in 2006 one log posed a small danger to the unwary but a 3ft wide channel remained open river left. lots a pin boulders but very passable, runs next to the road.

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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.

Kevin Colburn


Matt Muir


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1208879 02/06/18 Kevin Colburn new description
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1208880 02/06/18 Kevin Colburn reduced class