The Salmon River

Gorgeous emerald green water bordered by wonderful white sand beaches is the signature of the Salmon River as it flows directly east to west across the heart of Idaho. In May and June high water season, the river is an extreme roller-coaster ride for expert whitewater boaters, offering some of the largest rapids north of the Grand Canyon. As the water level falls and the water temperature climbs through July, August, and September, the ‘Main Salmon’ becomes the perfect river for family float trips. Unlike its upstream tributary, the Middle Fork, the Main Salmon has only one hot spring, but it’s a nice one. Scenic old homesteads dot the shoreline along with remnants of gold mining operations of the 1800's.

Put-In: Corn Creek

Take-Out: Carey Creek

Miles: 81

Managing Agency: Salmon-Challis National Forest

Campsites: Salmon River Campsites