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Idaho whitewater, Salmon River - Yankee Fork

Custer county, Upper road end to Salmon River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     26.8 miles
  If you're coming from Twin Falls it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The beauty of the Salmon River Mountains is a great plus for this river. 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. The wonderful Custer County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough
to come here to paddle. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Upper  
road end to Salmon River stretch is just one of them. The Upper road end to Salmon River stretch of Salmon River - Yankee Fork is 26.8 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Slaughterhouse Gulch is a great spot to stop by nearby. It is very dry here at Salmon River - Yankee Fork ordinarily. The wettest month of the year is usually December, that's the one that snows the most, and July is when it's the driest. Summertime highs at Salmon River - Yankee Fork commonly tend to be in the 70's, and during the night it cools down to the 30's.

Salmon River - Yankee Fork, Upper road end to Salmon River 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 - Yankee Fork.
 Whitewater Near Salmon River - Yankee Fork:
Salmon River, Custer County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Sunbeam Dam to Holman Creek)
Salmon River - Yankee Fork, Custer County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 26.8 miles long (Upper road end to Salmon River)
Loon Creek, Custer/ Lemhi County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Loon Creek Ranger Station to confluence with M. Fork Salmon)
Salmon River, Custer County, 21 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, 23 miles away
      Class II - 70 miles long (East Fork of Salmon to Town of North Fork)
Camas Creek, Lemhi County, 24 miles away
      Class V - 13 miles long (Duck Creek to confluence with M.Fork Salmon)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River - Yankee Fork:
Sun Valley, Idaho , 38 miles away, 3400 foot drop, 19 lifts, 75 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 46 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana , 81 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River - Yankee Fork:
Knob Hill Inn, Ketchum , 40 miles away
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley , 40 miles away
Bellemont Hotel Sun Valley, Ketchum , 40 miles away
Tamarack Lodge, Ketchum , 40 miles away
Limelight Hotel Ketchum, Ketchum , 40 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River - Yankee Fork:
Custer Number 1 Campground, Custer County, 1 miles away
Greylock Campground, Custer County, 2 miles away
Eightmile Campground, Custer County, 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Salmon River - Yankee Fork:
Challis National Forest, Idaho , 15 miles away
Yankee Fork State Park, Idaho , 31 miles away
Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho , 40 miles away
 Lakes Near Salmon River - Yankee Fork
Bayhorse Lake, Custer , 17 miles away
Falconberry Lake, Lemhi , 20 miles away

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