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
Lemhi River Nr Lemhi Id
USGS 13305000
79 cfs 3.4 ft
Nf Big Lost River At Wild Horse Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120000
21 cfs 1.3 ft
Salmon River Bl Yankee Fork Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296500
295 cfs 1.8 ft
Lemhi River Below L5 Diversion Near Salmon
USGS 13305310
21 cfs 1.0 ft
Middle Fork Salmon River At Mouth Nr Shoup Id
USGS 13310199
818 cfs 30.6 ft
Trail Creek At Ketchum Id
USGS 13137500
1 cfs 4.7 ft
Warm Springs Cr At Guyer Hot Spr Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13137000
24 cfs 9.3 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
1 cfs 3.1 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
5 cfs 3.5 ft
Nf Big Wood River Nr Sawtooth Nra Hq Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135520
15 cfs 4.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
1" 0"
Hyndman
SNOTEL 537
1" 0"
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
2" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cottonwood Rec Site - Salmon River 13 4,682 ft
Morgan Creek 4 5,553 ft
Bayhorse None 5,164 ft
Deadman Hole Dispersed 4 5,250 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch 563.0cfs 23.0 Mi II
Colston to the Town of Salmon 563.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+
East Fork to Challis Bridge 563.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 563.0cfs None Mi II- to III-