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
Big Wood R At S Broadford Bridge Nr Bellevue
USGS 13140335
398 cfs 7.4 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
22 cfs 3.6 ft
Pahsimeroi River At Ellis Id
USGS 13302005
131 cfs 1.1 ft
Yankee Fork Salmon River Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296000
364 cfs 7.8 ft
Nf Big Wood River Nr Sawtooth Nra Hq Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135520
38 cfs 5.2 ft
Big Lost River At Howell Ranch Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120500
160 cfs 1.3 ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id
USGS 13139500
218 cfs ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id Total Flow
USGS 13139510
459 cfs 2.3 ft
Nf Big Lost River At Wild Horse Nr Chilly Id
USGS 13120000
64 cfs 2.1 ft
Blackbird Creek Near Cobalt
USGS 13306336
12 cfs 0.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
bench lakes
SNOTEL BENLK_MADIS
63.9" -0.9"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Deadman Hole Dispersed 4 5,250 ft
Big Bayhorse 11 8,596 ft
Bayhorse None 5,164 ft
Mosquito Flat Reservoir 18 6,987 ft
Boulder White Clouds None 6,385 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sun Valley - Dollar Mountain 17" 68° 0.9"
Sun Valley 17" 68° 0.9"
Sun Valley - Bald Mountain 17" 68° 0.9"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Torreys to East Fork 1070.0cfs 17.7 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