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
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
14 cfs 3.4 ft
Big Lost River At Howell Ranch Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120500
51 cfs 0.8 ft
Napias Creek Below Arnett Creek Near Leesburg
USGS 13306385
12 cfs 5.5 ft
Big Lost River Bl Mackay Res Nr Mackay Id
USGS 13127000
108 cfs 1.7 ft
Lemhi River Nr Lemhi Id
USGS 13305000
222 cfs 3.8 ft
Salmon River At Salmon Id
USGS 13302500
1,440 cfs 2.5 ft
Middle Fork Salmon River At Mouth Nr Shoup Id
USGS 13310199
2,100 cfs 32.5 ft
Big Hole River Near Jackson Mt
USGS 06023500
14 cfs 1.0 ft
Lemhi River Below L5 Diversion Near Salmon
USGS 13305310
197 cfs 1.8 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
25 cfs 3.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hyndman
SNOTEL 537
21" -1"
Morgan Creek
SNOTEL 639
19" -1"
Nez Perce Camp
SNOTEL 662
46" 0"
Bear Canyon
SNOTEL 320
21" -2"
Swede Peak
SNOTEL 805
20" 0"
Lost-Wood Divide
SNOTEL 601
29" -2"
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
20" -1"
Hilts Creek
SNOTEL 524
24" -1"
Stickney Mill
SNOTEL 792
7" -2"
Darkhorse Lake
SNOTEL 436
75" -1"
Saddle Mtn.
SNOTEL 727
63" 0"
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
36" -1"
Lemhi Ridge
SNOTEL 576
29" 0"
Bloody Dick
SNOTEL 355
32" -1"
Smiley Mountain
SNOTEL 926
37" -1"
Schwartz Lake
SNOTEL 915
24" -2"
Moonshine
SNOTEL 636
23" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cougar Point 12 6,525 ft
Williams Lake 11 5,324 ft
Cottonwood Rec Site - Salmon River 13 4,682 ft
Shoup Bridge 5 4,051 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch 1440.0cfs 23.0 Mi II
Colston to the Town of Salmon 1440.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+
Salmon to North Fork 1440.0cfs 22.5 Mi II
East Fork to Challis Bridge 1440.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 1440.0cfs None Mi II- to III-