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
Yankee Fork Salmon River Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296000
189 cfs 7.1 ft
Little Wood River Ab High Five Creek Nr Carey Id
USGS 13147900
66 cfs 2.1 ft
Trail Creek At Ketchum Id
USGS 13137500
9 cfs 5.1 ft
Big Wood R At S Broadford Bridge Nr Bellevue
USGS 13140335
206 cfs 6.8 ft
Valley Creek At Stanley Id
USGS 13295000
190 cfs 1.2 ft
Nf Big Wood River Nr Sawtooth Nra Hq Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135520
26 cfs 5.0 ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id
USGS 13139500
218 cfs ft
Big Lost River At Howell Ranch Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120500
51 cfs 0.8 ft
Warm Springs Cr At Guyer Hot Spr Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13137000
89 cfs 9.8 ft
Blackbird Creek Near Cobalt
USGS 13306336
12 cfs 0.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Smiley Mountain
SNOTEL 926
37" -1"
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
42" 0"
Stickney Mill
SNOTEL 792
7" -2"
Bear Canyon
SNOTEL 320
21" -2"
Swede Peak
SNOTEL 805
20" 0"
Vienna Mine
SNOTEL 845
56" -2"
Hyndman
SNOTEL 537
21" -1"
Dollarhide Summit
SNOTEL 450
46" 0"
Lost-Wood Divide
SNOTEL 601
29" -2"
Galena
SNOTEL 489
29" -1"
Schwartz Lake
SNOTEL 915
24" -2"
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
36" -1"
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
20" -1"
bench lakes
SNOTEL BENLK_MADIS
51.7" 0.6"
Morgan Creek
SNOTEL 639
19" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Mosquito Flat Reservoir 18 6,987 ft
Deadman Hole Dispersed 4 5,250 ft
Bayhorse None 5,164 ft
Boulder White Clouds None 6,385 ft
Big Bayhorse 11 8,596 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sun Valley - Bald Mountain 20" 42° 4.74"
Sun Valley 20" 42° 4.74"
Sun Valley - Dollar Mountain 20" 42° 4.74"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Colston to the Town of Salmon 1440.0cfs 38.0 Mi II to II+
East Fork to Challis Bridge 1440.0cfs 20.0 Mi II
Pahsimeroi to Royal Gorge 1440.0cfs None Mi II- to III-
Torreys to East Fork 1440.0cfs 17.7 Mi II
Challis Bridge to Deer Gulch 1440.0cfs 23.0 Mi II