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Idaho whitewater, Salmon River

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

 

CLASS III-IV     28 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often more difficult than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This stretch of Salmon River in Idaho is 28 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. This stretch is long enough
    for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Lewiston, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you're a camper you can
camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The Clearwater Mountains scenery is wonderful.  
The scenic beauty of Idaho and the cool fresh water beats anything.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Salmon River you find fine locations like Little Slate Creek Saddle, and the Lava Butte Trail offers hiking at its best. Man, is there plenty of entertaining things to do in the Clearwater Mountains. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Salmon River; Broken Leg Trail is a great local trail. For the period of the warm months at Salmon River temperatures are generally in the 80's with nighttime lows in the 40's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 30's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Salmon River.

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

   

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Stats for this river stretch


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Local weather forecast


OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Salmon River.
 Whitewater Near Salmon River:
Slate Creek, Idaho County, 2 miles away
      Class II-V - 23.7 miles long (Headwaters to Salmon River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Epley's Whitewater Adventures, Idaho County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Outfitters, Idaho County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Salmon River, Idaho/ Lemhi County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 28 miles long (Vinegar Creek to Riggins)
Salmon River, Idaho/ Lemhi County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 36 miles long (Riggins to White Bird)
Whitewater Outfitter - Exodus Wilderness Adventures, Idaho County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Brundage Mountain Rafting, Idaho County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.4 miles long (Upper Payette Lake to Big Payette Lake)
Payette River - North Fork, Valley County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.4 miles long (Upper Payette Lake to Big Payette Lake)
Hard Creek, Idaho County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Point upstream to Hazard Creek confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River:
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 21 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 37 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 81 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 100 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River:
Salmon Rapids Lodge, Riggins , 15 miles away
Shore Lodge, McCall , 26 miles away
Brundage Bungalows, McCall , 26 miles away
Hartland Inn And Motel, New Meadows , 26 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites McCall, McCall , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River:
Van Creek Campground, Idaho County, 3 miles away
Spring Bar Campground, Idaho County, 4 miles away
Allison Creek Campground, Idaho County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Salmon River:
Broken Leg Trail, Idaho , 3 miles away
Lava Butte Trail, Idaho , 6 miles away
Crestline Trail, Valley , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Salmon River:
Ponderosa State Park, Idaho , 24 miles away
Payette National Forest, Idaho , 33 miles away
Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho , 36 miles away
 Lakes Near Salmon River
Lower Twin Lake, Idaho , 11 miles away

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