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
Lemhi River Below L5 Diversion Near Salmon
USGS 13305310
37 cfs 1.2 ft
Middle Fork Salmon River At Mouth Nr Shoup Id
USGS 13310199
4,730 cfs 35.0 ft
Big Lost River At Howell Ranch Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120500
196 cfs 1.4 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
73 cfs 4.1 ft
Salmon River Nr Shoup Id
USGS 13307000
2,360 cfs 3.0 ft
Napias Creek Below Arnett Creek Near Leesburg
USGS 13306385
57 cfs 5.9 ft
Salmon River At Salmon Id
USGS 13302500
1,700 cfs 2.7 ft
Nf Big Lost River At Wild Horse Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120000
91 cfs 2.4 ft
Big Lost River Bl Mackay Res Nr Mackay Id
USGS 13127000
84 cfs 1.6 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
37 cfs 3.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Shoup Bridge 5 4,051 ft
Cottonwood Rec Site - Salmon River 13 4,682 ft
Cougar Point 12 6,525 ft
Williams Lake 11 5,324 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Salmon to North Fork 1070.0cfs 22.5 Mi II
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 1070.0cfs None Mi II- to III-
Colston to the Town of Salmon 1070.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+
East Fork to Challis Bridge 1070.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch 1070.0cfs 23.0 Mi II