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
Pahsimeroi River At Ellis Id
USGS 13302005
139 cfs 1.1 ft
Big Wood R At S Broadford Bridge Nr Bellevue
USGS 13140335
109 cfs 6.4 ft
Warm Springs Cr At Guyer Hot Spr Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13137000
46 cfs 9.5 ft
Nf Big Lost River At Wild Horse Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120000
62 cfs 1.9 ft
Nf Big Wood River Nr Sawtooth Nra Hq Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135520
24 cfs 5.0 ft
Blackbird Creek Near Cobalt
USGS 13306336
12 cfs 0.7 ft
Valley Creek At Stanley Id
USGS 13295000
72 cfs 0.7 ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id Total Flow
USGS 13139510
201 cfs 1.6 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
7 cfs 3.3 ft
Trail Creek At Ketchum Id
USGS 13137500
10 cfs 5.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Soldier R.S.
SNOTEL 769
2" 0"
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
1" 0"
bench lakes
SNOTEL BENLK_MADIS
1.8" -0.3"
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Mosquito Flat Reservoir 18 6,987 ft
Boulder White Clouds None 6,385 ft
Bayhorse None 5,164 ft
Big Bayhorse 11 8,596 ft
Deadman Hole Dispersed 4 5,250 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sun Valley - Bald Mountain 0" 87° 0"
Sun Valley - Dollar Mountain 0" 87° 0"
Sun Valley 0" 87° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Torreys to East Fork 1040.0cfs 17.7 Mi II
East Fork to Challis Bridge 1040.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Colston to the Town of Salmon 1040.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 1040.0cfs None Mi II- to III-
Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch 1040.0cfs 23.0 Mi II