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
Big Lost River Bl Mackay Res Nr Mackay Id
USGS 13127000
56 cfs 1.4 ft
Salmon River At Salmon Id
USGS 13302500
1,020 cfs 2.1 ft
Napias Creek Below Arnett Creek Near Leesburg
USGS 13306385
18 cfs 5.3 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
8 cfs 3.4 ft
Middle Fork Salmon River At Mouth Nr Shoup Id
USGS 13310199
959 cfs 30.9 ft
Lemhi River Nr Lemhi Id
USGS 13305000
176 cfs 3.8 ft
Pahsimeroi River At Ellis Id
USGS 13302005
224 cfs 1.7 ft
Lemhi River Below L5 Diversion Near Salmon
USGS 13305310
224 cfs 1.9 ft
Big Lost River At Howell Ranch Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120500
5 cfs 1.4 ft
Big Hole River Near Jackson Mt
USGS 06023500
25 cfs 0.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Nez Perce Camp
SNOTEL 662
4" 1"
Hilts Creek
SNOTEL 524
3" 0"
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
2" 0"
Schwartz Lake
SNOTEL 915
6" 0"
Lemhi Ridge
SNOTEL 576
4" 1"
Bloody Dick
SNOTEL 355
3" 0"
Moonshine
SNOTEL 636
1" -2"
Swede Peak
SNOTEL 805
2" -1"
Lost-Wood Divide
SNOTEL 601
9" 0"
Saddle Mtn.
SNOTEL 727
13" 0"
Darkhorse Lake
SNOTEL 436
25" 1"
Bear Canyon
SNOTEL 320
6" 0"
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
16" 0"
Hyndman
SNOTEL 537
3" 0"
Smiley Mountain
SNOTEL 926
16" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Williams Lake 11 5,324 ft
Cougar Point 12 6,525 ft
Shoup Bridge 5 4,051 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 1020.0cfs 23.0 Mi II
East Fork to Challis Bridge 1020.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 1020.0cfs None Mi II- to III-
Colston to the Town of Salmon 1020.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+
Salmon to North Fork 1020.0cfs 22.5 Mi II