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Idaho whitewater, Salmon River

Idaho Lemhi county, Riggins to White Bird section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     36 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Lewiston, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The nature scenery of Idaho and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Riggins to White Bird stretch is just
    one of many. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch of Salmon River in Idaho/ Lemhi
County is 36 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so better bring your camping gear along. The average Idaho whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there  
are lots of good places for that around here. Whitewater paddling here in the Clearwater Mountains is a great experience. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Broken Leg Trail; a good location to visit nearby is Little Slate Creek Saddle. So much fun stuff to do here in the Clearwater Mountains, too good to be true. Salmon River is right by the Lava Butte Trail. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Salmon River, and all through the night it cools down to the 40's. Highs throughout the wintertime are typically in the 30's with temperatures at Salmon River dipping down into the 20's during winter nights.

Salmon River, Riggins to White Bird 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:
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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