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Idaho whitewater, Salmon River

Custer county, Hellroaring Creek to Redfish Lake Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     12 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Mountain Home, as you can see on the road map further down. The Hellroaring Creek to Redfish Lake Creek section of Salmon River is 12 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for
    beginners. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill
up quick. The wonderful Custer County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Salmon River beats anything. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camping stuff. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Hellroaring Creek to Redfish Lake Creek section is just one of them. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike
along the Bull Moose Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. Going to Challis National Forest next to Salmon River is a wonderful thing to do; if the weather is great, you can go for a hike along the Yellow Belly Trail. This river is so good. Club Canyon is a great place to look at. For the period of the summer months highs here at Salmon River reach the 70's. Summer night lows descend down to the 30's. High temperatures throughout the winter are normally in the 20's, and nighttime lows all through the wintertime for Salmon River tend to be in the-10's. Salmon River is commonly a relatively arid spot.

Salmon River, Hellroaring Creek to Redfish Lake 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:
Salmon River, Custer County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Hellroaring Creek to Redfish Lake Creek)
Salmon River, Custer County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam)
Salmon River, Custer County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Sunbeam Dam to Holman Creek)
Payette River - South Fork, Boise County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 23 miles long (Grandjean to Lowman)
Loon Creek, Custer/ Lemhi County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Loon Creek Ranger Station to confluence with M. Fork Salmon)
Marsh Creek, Custer County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (State Highway 21 to Middle Fork Salmon)
Rapid River, Custer County, 27 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Float Creek to confluence with Middle Fork Salmon)
Salmon River - Yankee Fork, Custer County, 29 miles away
      Class IV-V - 26.8 miles long (Upper road end to Salmon River)
Salmon River - Middle Fork, Custer County, 30 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Marsh Creek to Boundary Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River:
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 31 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 39 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 87 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 91 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 99 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River:
Knob Hill Inn, Ketchum , 41 miles away
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley , 41 miles away
Tamarack Lodge, Ketchum , 41 miles away
Limelight Hotel Ketchum, Ketchum , 41 miles away
Best Western Tyrolean Lodge, Ketchum , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River:
Gold Creek Access Area, Stanley, 1 miles away
Outlet Campground - Sawtooth National Forest, Twin Falls, 3 miles away
Sockeye Campground, Custer County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Salmon River:
Bull Moose Trail, Custer , 3 miles away
Yellow Belly Trail, Custer , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Salmon River:
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Hagerman - ID , 64 miles away
Challis National Forest, Idaho , 11 miles away
Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho , 23 miles away
 Lakes Near Salmon River
Yellow Belly Lake, Custer , 5 miles away
Hell Roaring Lake, Custer , 6 miles away
Imogene Lake, Custer , 8 miles away

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