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Idaho whitewater, Salmon River

Idaho county, White Bird to Snake River confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     50 miles
  If you're coming from Lewiston it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful Idaho County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations
    in advance you're all set. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Idaho you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for
beginners. The White Bird to Snake River confluence stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. When you're paddling down a Wallowa Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking  
or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This stretch of Salmon River is 50 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-IV section of whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Nearby Chamberlain Gulch is a good place to go if you're at Salmon River. Summertime highs at Salmon River regularly tend to be in the 80's; the night is a tad colder of course, commonly in the 40's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 30's, and all through the dark hours in the wintertime at Salmon River temperatures plunge to the 20's.

Salmon River, White Bird to Snake River confluence 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:
Imnaha River, Wallowa County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - -blank- miles long (to Snake Lake)
Salmon River, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 50 miles long (White Bird to Snake River confluence)
Snake River, Nez Perce County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 47 miles long (Salmon River to Lewiston)
Whitewater Outfitter - Exodus Wilderness Adventures, Idaho County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Brundage Mountain Rafting, Idaho County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Northwest Voyageurs, Idaho County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Snake River, Wallowa County, 29 miles away
      Class III-IV - 32 miles long (Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing)
Snake River, Wallowa County, 29 miles away
      Class II-IV - 71.5 miles long (Hells Canyon Dam to Washington Border)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River:
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 48 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 62 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Silver Mountain, Idaho , 87 miles away, 2200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 73 runs
Bluewood, Washington , 90 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Lookout Pass, Idaho , 99 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River:
Salmon Rapids Lodge, Riggins , 25 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Lodge At River's Edge, Orofino , 39 miles away
Holiday Inn Express LEWISTON, Lewiston , 42 miles away
Days Inn Lewiston, Lewiston , 42 miles away
Comfort Inn Lewiston, Lewiston , 42 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River:
Pittsburgh Landing, Lucile, 10 miles away
Upper Pittsburgh Landing, Lucile, 11 miles away
Kirkwood Ranch, Riggins, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Salmon River:
High Trail, Wallowa , 18 miles away,  18.2 hiking miles, 3735 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Salmon River:
Winchester Lake State Park, Idaho , 21 miles away

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