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Idaho whitewater, Salmon River

Lemhi county, North Fork to Middle Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     39 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Missoula, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful Idaho scenery and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Idaho tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. You might have to
    settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The beauty of the Bitterroot Range is a great plus for this river. This river system has
a few good paddling sections and the North Fork to Middle Fork section is one of them. The North Fork to Middle Fork stretch of Salmon River in Idaho is 39 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III section. Now this is a pretty long section, so it looks like you will be camping out. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. Great  
exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
Salmon National Forest is a glorious spot to pop by on a gorgeous day, and you can go for a hike on the Copper Mountain Trail. These mountains rock, just explore all the entertaining things to do in the Bitterroot Range. A good site right next door to Salmon River is Cohen Gulch; don't leave Salmon River without first going for a hike along the Sheepeater Trail. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Pine Creek Rapids is a wonderful local attraction.

Salmon River, North Fork to Middle Fork 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:
Panther Creek, Lemhi County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Clear Creek to Main Salmon confluence)
Panther Creek, -blank- County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Trapper Flat to Birch Creek)
Panther Creek, -blank- County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Trapper Flat to Birch Creek)
Salmon River, Lemhi County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 39 miles long (North Fork to Middle Fork)
Salmon River, Idaho County, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV - 79 miles long (Corn Creek to Vinegar Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Kookaburra Guided Whitewater Trips, Lemhi County, 29 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Camas Creek, Lemhi County, 29 miles away
      Class V - 13 miles long (Duck Creek to confluence with M.Fork Salmon)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River:
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 29 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Marshall Mountain, Montana , 81 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Sun Valley, Idaho , 81 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Montana Snowbowl, Montana , 84 miles away, 2600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Discovery Ski, Montana , 85 miles away, 1670 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 98 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River:
Salmon River Lodge Resort, Salmon , 19 miles away
Super 8 Salmon, Salmon , 29 miles away
Rye Creek Lodge, Darby , 34 miles away
Super 8 Hamilton, Hamilton , 45 miles away
Quality Inn Hamilton, Hamilton , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River:
Spring Creek - North Fork, Shoup, 4 miles away
Clear Creek Trailhead, Shoup, 4 miles away
Divide Trailhead, Conner, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Salmon River:
Copper Mountain Trail, Lemhi , 1 miles away
Sheepeater Trail, Lemhi , 2 miles away
Hot Springs Trail, Lemhi , 4 miles away
Pretty Gulch Trail, Lemhi , 6 miles away
Birch Creek Trail, Lemhi , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Salmon River:
Salmon National Forest, Idaho , 12 miles away
Painted Rocks State Park, Montana , 18 miles away
Bitterroot National Forest, Montana , 19 miles away

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