Headwaters (Gold Creek To Stanley)


The mighty Salmon river begins it's journey draining to the north off of the sawtooths in central Idaho.  This area is extremely picturesque and has a lot to offer (beyond river running).  Backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking are all available near Stanley.  Stanley isn't the biggest town on the map but has basic services.  You best bet is to setup a base camp somewhere around here and do day trips on the river.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Salmon River are between a bare minimum of 600cfs and a high of 6,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 13302500, the Salmon River At Salmon Id Remember only watercraft are permitted at Headwaters (Gold Creek to Stanley).

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Big Wood River Nr Bellevue Id
USGS 13141000
89 cfs ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id Total Flow
USGS 13139510
201 cfs 1.6 ft
Valley Creek At Stanley Id
USGS 13295000
72 cfs 0.7 ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id
USGS 13139500
218 cfs ft
Sf Boise River At Anderson Ranch Dam Id
USGS 13190500
692 cfs 3.7 ft
Sf Boise River Nr Featherville Id
USGS 13186000
220 cfs 1.5 ft
Big Wood R At S Broadford Bridge Nr Bellevue
USGS 13140335
109 cfs 6.4 ft
Nf Big Wood River Nr Sawtooth Nra Hq Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135520
24 cfs 5.0 ft
Warm Springs Cr At Guyer Hot Spr Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13137000
46 cfs 9.5 ft
Ef Of Sf Salmon River At Stibnite Id
USGS 13311000
10 cfs 4.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
1" 0"
bench lakes
SNOTEL BENLK_MADIS
1.8" -0.3"
Soldier R.S.
SNOTEL 769
2" 0"
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
1" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Bonanza Volunteer Camp 20 6,364 ft
Alturas Inlet 29 7,013 ft
Sockeye 24 6,608 ft
Sunny Gulch 59 6,442 ft
Mormon Bend 17 6,094 ft
Pettit Lake 20 7,011 ft
Chinook Bay 18 6,495 ft
North Shore Alturas 23 7,041 ft
Glacier View 82 6,295 ft
Mount Heyburn 23 6,580 ft
Mountain View 9 6,496 ft
Blind Creek 6 6,011 ft
Point 19 6,570 ft
Salmon River 37 6,147 ft
Smokey Bear 17 7,025 ft
Basin Creek 18 6,065 ft
Redfish Outlet None 6,566 ft
Casino Creek 20 6,130 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Soldier Mountain 2" 86° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Headwaters (Gold Creek to Stanley) 1040.0cfs 10.2 Mi III- to III+
Torreys to East Fork 1040.0cfs 17.7 Mi II
Sunbeam Run (Stanley to Sunbeam Dam) 1040.0cfs 13.0 Mi III- to III+