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
Pahsimeroi River At Ellis Id
USGS 13302005
238 cfs 1.7 ft
Nf Big Lost River At Wild Horse Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120000
21 cfs 1.5 ft
Salmon River Bl Yankee Fork Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296500
727 cfs 2.8 ft
Salmon River At Salmon Id
USGS 13302500
1,340 cfs 2.4 ft
Salmon River Nr Shoup Id
USGS 13307000
1,920 cfs 2.6 ft
Trail Creek At Ketchum Id
USGS 13137500
10 cfs 5.1 ft
Big Lost River Bl Mackay Res Nr Mackay Id
USGS 13127000
105 cfs 1.7 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
19 cfs 3.5 ft
Nf Big Wood River Nr Sawtooth Nra Hq Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135520
20 cfs 4.9 ft
Blackbird Creek Near Cobalt
USGS 13306336
12 cfs 0.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
35" 1"
Hyndman
SNOTEL 537
19" -1"
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
39" -1"
Lost-Wood Divide
SNOTEL 601
27" -1"
Dollarhide Summit
SNOTEL 450
41" 1"
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
18" 0"
Schwartz Lake
SNOTEL 915
25" -2"
Saddle Mtn.
SNOTEL 727
62" 0"
Nez Perce Camp
SNOTEL 662
45" -1"
Swede Peak
SNOTEL 805
18" 0"
Morgan Creek
SNOTEL 639
16" -1"
Darkhorse Lake
SNOTEL 436
75" -1"
Smiley Mountain
SNOTEL 926
40" 2"
Galena
SNOTEL 489
27" -1"
Bear Canyon
SNOTEL 320
19" -1"
Stickney Mill
SNOTEL 792
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Deadman Hole Dispersed 4 5,250 ft
Bayhorse None 5,164 ft
Morgan Creek 4 5,553 ft
Cottonwood Rec Site - Salmon River 13 4,682 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch 1340.0cfs 23.0 Mi II
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 1400.0cfs None Mi II- to III-
East Fork to Challis Bridge 1340.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Colston to the Town of Salmon 1340.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+