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
Camas Creek Nr Blaine Id
USGS 13141500
6 cfs 2.2 ft
Big Wood R At S Broadford Bridge Nr Bellevue
USGS 13140335
67 cfs 6.2 ft
Meadow Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13310850
2 cfs 3.3 ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id Total Flow
USGS 13139510
140 cfs 1.4 ft
Sf Boise River Nr Featherville Id
USGS 13186000
230 cfs 1.6 ft
Yankee Fork Salmon River Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296000
57 cfs 6.0 ft
Efsf Salmon R Abv Sugar Crk Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311250
11 cfs 10.3 ft
Sugar Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311450
7 cfs 6.8 ft
Big Wood River Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135500
45 cfs 4.8 ft
Mf Salmon River At Mf Lodge Nr Yellow Pine Id
USGS 13309220
485 cfs 1.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Galena
SNOTEL 489
11" 0"
Jackson Peak
SNOTEL 550
7" 0"
Lost-Wood Divide
SNOTEL 601
9" 0"
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
2" 0"
Banner Summit
SNOTEL 312
14" -1"
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
16" 0"
Vienna Mine
SNOTEL 845
24" 0"
Camas Creek Divide
SNOTEL 382
1" -1"
Trinity Mtn.
SNOTEL 830
20" 0"
Atlanta Summit
SNOTEL 306
14" 0"
bench lakes
SNOTEL BENLK_MADIS
15.6" 0.1"
Dollarhide Summit
SNOTEL 450
19" 0"
Soldier R.S.
SNOTEL 769
1" 1"
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
20" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Basin Creek 18 6,065 ft
Glacier View 82 6,295 ft
North Shore Alturas 23 7,041 ft
Mormon Bend 17 6,094 ft
Redfish Outlet None 6,566 ft
Bonanza Volunteer Camp 20 6,364 ft
Smokey Bear 17 7,025 ft
Pettit Lake 20 7,011 ft
Sunny Gulch 59 6,442 ft
Sockeye 24 6,608 ft
Mount Heyburn 23 6,580 ft
Mountain View 9 6,496 ft
Chinook Bay 18 6,495 ft
Salmon River 37 6,147 ft
Blind Creek 6 6,011 ft
Point 19 6,570 ft
Alturas Inlet 29 7,013 ft
Casino Creek 20 6,130 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Soldier Mountain 1" 48° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Sunbeam Run (Stanley to Sunbeam Dam) 1020.0cfs 13.0 Mi III- to III+
Torreys to East Fork 1020.0cfs 17.7 Mi II
Headwaters (Gold Creek to Stanley) 1020.0cfs 10.2 Mi III- to III+