US Whitewater > Idaho > Salmon River



Idaho whitewater, Salmon River

Idaho county, Corn Creek to Vinegar Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     79 miles
  The Corn Creek to Vinegar Creek stretch of Salmon River in Idaho County is 79 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Idaho and the water flowing gracefully down Salmon River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to
    drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Corn Creek to Vinegar Creek section is one of them.
The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Idaho are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. There's camping available near Salmon River. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other spots for that. The  
river winds through the Salmon River Mountains and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Three Blaze Trail, and there's great hiking along the Chamberlain Trail. You absolutely should have a thing about the Salmon River Mountains. For the period of the summer months at Salmon River highs are regularly in the 70's while night lows are typically in the 30's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Salmon River are in the 0's. A typical amount of precipitation falls here at Salmon River.

Salmon River, Corn Creek to Vinegar Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Salmon River.
 Whitewater Near Salmon River:
Big Creek, Valley County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 54 miles long (Big Creek Airstrip to Cache Bar)
Monumental Creek, Valley County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 60 miles long (Upper Monumental Campground to Cache Bar)
Salmon River - East Fork of South Fork, Valley County, 25 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (Vibika Creek to Johnson Creek)
Salmon River - East Fork of South Fork, Valley County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 12 miles long (Close to Yellow Pinto South Fork Salmon River)
Johnson Creek, Valley County, 29 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Yellow Pine airport to Johnson Creek gauge)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River:
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 63 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 68 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 93 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 98 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 99 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River:
Alpine Lodge, Red River , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River:
Whitewater Campground, Idaho County, 6 miles away
Big Mallard Creek Campground, Idaho County, 6 miles away
Chamberlin Basin, Yellow Pine, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Salmon River:
Three Blaze Trail, Idaho , 1 miles away
Chamberlain Trail, Idaho , 5 miles away
Center Mountain Trail, Valley , 14 miles away
Bismark Trail, Idaho , 14 miles away
Sliver Creek Trail, Idaho , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Salmon River:
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 28 miles away

Copyright © Stratus-Pikpuk, Inc.
Some content, including Reach Name, Class, Coordinates, and Length, comes from American Whitewater with permission.