Challis Bridge To Deer Gulch


From Challis bridge the land flattens out some for the next few miles and the river diverges into several channels.  This makes for some good exploring and fishing through this small valley.  The river through this section also contains a large amount of private land.  Be respectful and only access the river at appropriate access points.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Salmon River are between a bare minimum of 800cfs and a high of 7,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 13302500, the Salmon River At Salmon Id Remember only watercraft are permitted at Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Yankee Fork Salmon River Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296000
480 cfs 8.1 ft
Salmon River Nr Shoup Id
USGS 13307000
5,190 cfs 4.7 ft
Warm Springs Cr At Guyer Hot Spr Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13137000
99 cfs 9.9 ft
Big Lost River Bl Mackay Res Nr Mackay Id
USGS 13127000
596 cfs 2.8 ft
Big Wood River Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135500
261 cfs 5.9 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
57 cfs 4.0 ft
Middle Fork Salmon River At Mouth Nr Shoup Id
USGS 13310199
5,460 cfs 35.5 ft
Napias Creek Below Arnett Creek Near Leesburg
USGS 13306385
50 cfs 5.8 ft
Big Lost River At Howell Ranch Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120500
785 cfs 2.4 ft
Blackbird Creek Near Cobalt
USGS 13306336
12 cfs 0.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Deadman Hole Dispersed 4 5,250 ft
Morgan Creek 4 5,553 ft
Bayhorse None 5,164 ft
Cottonwood Rec Site - Salmon River 13 4,682 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Colston to the Town of Salmon 1070.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 1070.0cfs None Mi II- to III-
East Fork to Challis Bridge 1070.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch 1070.0cfs 23.0 Mi II