East Fork To Challis Bridge


This is another excellent fishing section.  If you like catching steelheads, get your drift boat or fishing raft out and go crazy on this 20 miles stretch.  There are several put in and take out options to shorten or lengthen the run.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Salmon River are between a bare minimum of 600cfs and a high of 8,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 13302500, the Salmon River At Salmon Id Remember only watercraft are permitted at East Fork to Challis Bridge.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Challis Rock Garden
Class II
Diversion Dam
Class II
Diversion Dam
Class II

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Nf Big Wood River Nr Sawtooth Nra Hq Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135520
20 cfs 4.9 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
2 cfs 3.1 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
5 cfs 3.8 ft
Valley Creek At Stanley Id
USGS 13295000
146 cfs 1.0 ft
Nf Big Lost River At Wild Horse Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120000
23 cfs 1.5 ft
Big Wood R At S Broadford Bridge Nr Bellevue
USGS 13140335
82 cfs 6.3 ft
Big Wood River Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135500
57 cfs 4.9 ft
Yankee Fork Salmon River Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296000
61 cfs 6.1 ft
Salmon River Bl Yankee Fork Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296500
458 cfs 2.2 ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id
USGS 13139500
218 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
3" 3"
Swede Peak
SNOTEL 805
4" 4"
Hyndman
SNOTEL 537
1" 0"
Dollarhide Summit
SNOTEL 450
14" 14"
bench lakes
SNOTEL BENLK_MADIS
3.7" 1.8"
Lost-Wood Divide
SNOTEL 601
6" 0"
Stickney Mill
SNOTEL 792
3" 3"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Bayhorse None 5,164 ft
Mosquito Flat Reservoir 18 6,987 ft
Deadman Hole Dispersed 4 5,250 ft
Boulder White Clouds None 6,385 ft
Big Bayhorse 11 8,596 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sun Valley 3" 44° 10.62"
Sun Valley - Dollar Mountain 3" 44° 10.62"
Sun Valley - Bald Mountain 3" 44° 10.62"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
East Fork to Challis Bridge 1040.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch 1040.0cfs 23.0 Mi II
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 1040.0cfs None Mi II- to III-
Colston to the Town of Salmon 1040.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+
Torreys to East Fork 1040.0cfs 17.7 Mi II