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
Trail Creek At Ketchum Id
USGS 13137500
10 cfs 6.8 ft
Yankee Fork Salmon River Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296000
183 cfs 5.9 ft
Big Wood River Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135500
37 cfs 4.7 ft
Middle Fork Salmon River At Mouth Nr Shoup Id
USGS 13310199
954 cfs 30.5 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
4 cfs 3.1 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
43 cfs 3.3 ft
Nf Big Lost River At Wild Horse Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120000
16 cfs 1.4 ft
Napias Creek Below Arnett Creek Near Leesburg
USGS 13306385
18 cfs 5.3 ft
Warm Springs Cr At Guyer Hot Spr Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13137000
31 cfs 9.3 ft
Lemhi River Nr Lemhi Id
USGS 13305000
162 cfs 3.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Saddle Mtn.
SNOTEL 727
54" 0"
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
52" 0"
Swede Peak
SNOTEL 805
30" 0"
Galena
SNOTEL 489
43" 0"
Bear Canyon
SNOTEL 320
36" -2"
Lost-Wood Divide
SNOTEL 601
45" 0"
Schwartz Lake
SNOTEL 915
25" 0"
Smiley Mountain
SNOTEL 926
51" -1"
Soldier R.S.
SNOTEL 769
25" 0"
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
31" -1"
Hyndman
SNOTEL 537
31" 0"
hailey 1.0 wnw, id
SNOTEL ID-BN-6
16.71" -0.95"
Morgan Creek
SNOTEL 639
28" 1"
Nez Perce Camp
SNOTEL 662
31" 0"
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
56" -1"
Stickney Mill
SNOTEL 792
24" 0"
Dollarhide Summit
SNOTEL 450
56" 0"
Darkhorse Lake
SNOTEL 436
61" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Morgan Creek 4 5,553 ft
Bayhorse None 5,164 ft
Deadman Hole Dispersed 4 5,250 ft
Cottonwood Rec Site - Salmon River 13 4,682 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 862.0cfs None Mi II- to III-
East Fork to Challis Bridge 862.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch 862.0cfs 23.0 Mi II
Colston to the Town of Salmon 862.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+