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Idaho whitewater, Salmon River

Custer county, Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     13 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Mountain Home, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Idaho are harder than the national norm, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.
    Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll
find a large number of good rivers. The natural beauty of Custer County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Whitewater paddling here in the Salmon River Mountains is a great experience. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your  
sleeping bag too. This section of Salmon River in Idaho is 13 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Salmon River you come across the Yellow Belly Trail which is a great hiking trail. A journey to Challis National Forest when you're here at Salmon River is never a bad idea, and the Bull Moose Trail is a fine hiking trail nearby. At this river you will never have a bad time. Here at Salmon River you'll possibly meet some people from Stanley; what would a site like Salmon River be without exciting nearby traits like Mormon Bend.

Salmon River, Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Salmon River.
 Whitewater Near Salmon River:
Salmon River, Custer County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam)
Salmon River, Custer County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Sunbeam Dam to Holman Creek)
Salmon River, Custer County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Hellroaring Creek to Redfish Lake Creek)
Loon Creek, Custer/ Lemhi County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Loon Creek Ranger Station to confluence with M. Fork Salmon)
Salmon River - Yankee Fork, Custer County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 26.8 miles long (Upper road end to Salmon River)
Rapid River, Custer County, 23 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Float Creek to confluence with Middle Fork Salmon)
Marsh Creek, Custer County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (State Highway 21 to Middle Fork Salmon)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 23 miles long (Grandjean to Lowman)
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Custer County, 29 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Marsh Creek to Boundary Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River:
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 38 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 41 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 91 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 92 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 94 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 99 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River:
Knob Hill Inn, Ketchum , 42 miles away
Bellemont Hotel Sun Valley, Ketchum , 42 miles away
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley , 43 miles away
Tamarack Lodge, Ketchum , 43 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Kentwood Lodge, Ketchum , 43 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River:
Mormon Bend Campground, Custer County, 1 miles away
Basin Creek Campground, Custer County, 1 miles away
Riverside - Stanley, Stanley, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Salmon River:
Bull Moose Trail, Custer , 10 miles away
Yellow Belly Trail, Custer , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Salmon River:
Challis National Forest, Idaho , 5 miles away
Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho , 30 miles away
 Lakes Near Salmon River
Yellow Belly Lake, Custer , 12 miles away
Hell Roaring Lake, Custer , 13 miles away
Imogene Lake, Custer , 15 miles away

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