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Custer county, Sunbeam Dam to Holman Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     14 miles
  If you're coming from Twin Falls it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Salmon River in Custer County is 14 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.
    For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people
coming from far and near. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Idaho is often tougher than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The scenic beauty of Custer County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people  
from near and far. When you're paddling down a Salmon River Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
Put some time aside to spend at Snyder Springs if you're here at Salmon River. While staying at Salmon River you could always look at Aspen Gulch. Salmon River is pretty dried out regularly. All through December this area sees the most snow, and the driest of the months is July. For the duration of the warm months, highs usually are in the 70's at Salmon River. For the duration of the dark hours of summer temperatures drop down into the 30's.

Salmon River, Sunbeam Dam to Holman 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, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Sunbeam Dam to Holman Creek)
Salmon River - Yankee Fork, Custer County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 26.8 miles long (Upper road end to Salmon River)
Salmon River, Custer County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Hellroaring Creek to Redfish Lake Creek)
Salmon River, Custer County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13 miles long (Stanley to Old Sunbeam Dam)
Salmon River, Custer/ Lemhi County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 70 miles long (East Fork of Salmon to Town of North Fork)
Loon Creek, Custer/ Lemhi County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Loon Creek Ranger Station to confluence with M. Fork Salmon)
Camas Creek, Lemhi County, 30 miles away
      Class V - 13 miles long (Duck Creek to confluence with M.Fork Salmon)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River:
Sun Valley, Idaho , 33 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 41 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 85 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River:
Knob Hill Inn, Ketchum , 34 miles away
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley , 34 miles away
Bellemont Hotel Sun Valley, Ketchum , 34 miles away
Tamarack Lodge, Ketchum , 34 miles away
Limelight Hotel Ketchum, Ketchum , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River:
Marshall Creek Campground, Custer County, 4 miles away
Lower O'Brien Campground, Custer County, 4 miles away
Upper O'brien Campground, Custer County, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Salmon River:
Challis National Forest, Idaho , 17 miles away
Yankee Fork State Park, Idaho , 32 miles away
Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Salmon River
Bayhorse Lake, Custer , 17 miles away

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