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
Yankee Fork Salmon River Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296000
183 cfs 5.9 ft
Meadow Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13310850
2 cfs 3.3 ft
Big Wood River Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135500
38 cfs 4.7 ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id
USGS 13139500
218 cfs ft
Camas Creek Nr Blaine Id
USGS 13141500
8 cfs 2.3 ft
Sf Boise River Nr Featherville Id
USGS 13186000
195 cfs 1.5 ft
Trail Creek At Ketchum Id
USGS 13137500
10 cfs 6.8 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
2 cfs 3.0 ft
Sf Boise River At Anderson Ranch Dam Id
USGS 13190500
287 cfs 3.0 ft
Dixie Creek Bel Anderson Ranch Dam Id
USGS 13190505
0 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
52" 0"
Lost-Wood Divide
SNOTEL 601
45" -1"
Jackson Peak
SNOTEL 550
50" 1"
yellow pine 0.2 ssw, id
SNOTEL ID-VL-2
18.35" 0.08"
Camas Creek Divide
SNOTEL 382
30" 1"
Dollarhide Summit
SNOTEL 450
56" -1"
Soldier R.S.
SNOTEL 769
25" 1"
Atlanta Summit
SNOTEL 306
64" 0"
Galena
SNOTEL 489
43" 0"
Trinity Mtn.
SNOTEL 830
70" 0"
glenns ferry
SNOTEL GLFI1
3.21" 0.21"
Banner Summit
SNOTEL 312
60" 0"
Vienna Mine
SNOTEL 845
66" 4"
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
32" 1"
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
57" 0"
Graham Guard Sta.
SNOTEL 496
34" 2"
Morgan Creek
SNOTEL 639
27" 1"
bench lakes
SNOTEL BENLK_MADIS
53.6" 0"
hailey 1.0 wnw, id
SNOTEL ID-BN-6
17.66" -0.11"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Mormon Bend 17 6,094 ft
Alturas Inlet 29 7,013 ft
Salmon River 37 6,147 ft
Point 19 6,570 ft
Basin Creek 18 6,065 ft
Glacier View 82 6,295 ft
Redfish Outlet None 6,566 ft
Mount Heyburn 23 6,580 ft
Pettit Lake 20 7,011 ft
Smokey Bear 17 7,025 ft
North Shore Alturas 23 7,041 ft
Mountain View 9 6,496 ft
Bonanza Volunteer Camp 20 6,364 ft
Sunny Gulch 59 6,442 ft
Chinook Bay 18 6,495 ft
Casino Creek 20 6,130 ft
Blind Creek 6 6,011 ft
Sockeye 24 6,608 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Soldier Mountain 25" 32° 0.2"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Headwaters (Gold Creek to Stanley) 862.0cfs 10.2 Mi III- to III+
Sunbeam Run (Stanley to Sunbeam Dam) 862.0cfs 13.0 Mi III- to III+
Torreys to East Fork 862.0cfs 17.7 Mi II