Colston To The Town Of Salmon


This stretch is also a nice fishing area.  The river is relatively calm with little to no rapids.  At high water expect swift currents and minimal eddies.  Lots of access points give you a lot of options for day floats or even an overnighter.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Salmon River are between a bare minimum of 800cfs and a high of 6,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 13302500, the Salmon River At Salmon Id Remember only watercraft are permitted at Colston to the Town of Salmon.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Bedrock Ledge
Class III to III+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Nf Big Lost River At Wild Horse Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120000
62 cfs 1.9 ft
Blackbird Creek Near Cobalt
USGS 13306336
12 cfs 0.7 ft
Lemhi River Nr Lemhi Id
USGS 13305000
80 cfs 3.4 ft
Big Lost River At Howell Ranch Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120500
216 cfs 1.3 ft
Big Lost River Bl Mackay Res Nr Mackay Id
USGS 13127000
140 cfs 1.8 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
6 cfs 3.3 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
7 cfs 3.3 ft
Lemhi River Below L5 Diversion Near Salmon
USGS 13305310
25 cfs 1.1 ft
Salmon River At Salmon Id
USGS 13302500
1,040 cfs 2.1 ft
Pahsimeroi River At Ellis Id
USGS 13302005
139 cfs 1.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cottonwood Rec Site - Salmon River 13 4,682 ft
Cougar Point 12 6,525 ft
Shoup Bridge 5 4,051 ft
Williams Lake 11 5,324 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 1040.0cfs None Mi II- to III-
East Fork to Challis Bridge 1040.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch 1040.0cfs 23.0 Mi II
Colston to the Town of Salmon 1040.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+
Salmon to North Fork 1040.0cfs 22.5 Mi II