Salmon, Yankee Fork - Upper road end 11.2 mi to Jordan Creek, 15.6 mi to Salmon R.

Salmon, Yankee Fork, Idaho, US


Upper road end 11.2 mi to Jordan Creek, 15.6 mi to Salmon R.

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 26.8 Miles

Roadside Yankee Fork

Roadside Yankee Fork
Photo by Kevin Colburn taken 05/18/07 @ a good level

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-13296000 400 - 3500 cfs III-IV 63h11m 81.1 cfs (too low)

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-03-07 14:21:19

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 1 2007 (4278 days ago)
lance clarkDetails
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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