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 At Hailey Id Total Flow
USGS 13139510
1,140 cfs 3.7 ft
Salmon River Bl Yankee Fork Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296500
3,020 cfs 5.9 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
52 cfs 3.9 ft
Sugar Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311450
95 cfs 7.5 ft
Mf Salmon River At Mf Lodge Nr Yellow Pine Id
USGS 13309220
4,210 cfs 4.3 ft
Efsf Salmon R Abv Sugar Crk Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311250
120 cfs 11.7 ft
Big Wood River Nr Bellevue Id
USGS 13141000
89 cfs ft
Ef Of Sf Salmon River At Stibnite Id
USGS 13311000
116 cfs 5.9 ft
Valley Creek At Stanley Id
USGS 13295000
524 cfs 2.0 ft
Nf Big Wood River Nr Sawtooth Nra Hq Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135520
186 cfs 6.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
bench lakes
2.2" -0.4"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Pettit Lake 20 7,011 ft
Sockeye 24 6,608 ft
Smokey Bear 17 7,025 ft
Alturas Inlet 29 7,013 ft
North Shore Alturas 23 7,041 ft
Blind Creek 6 6,011 ft
Point 19 6,570 ft
Chinook Bay 18 6,495 ft
Sunny Gulch 59 6,442 ft
Casino Creek 20 6,130 ft
Mountain View 9 6,496 ft
Mormon Bend 17 6,094 ft
Salmon River 37 6,147 ft
Redfish Outlet None 6,566 ft
Glacier View 82 6,295 ft
Mount Heyburn 23 6,580 ft
Bonanza Volunteer Camp 20 6,364 ft
Basin Creek 18 6,065 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Soldier Mountain 1" 79° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Headwaters (Gold Creek to Stanley) 1070.0cfs 10.2 Mi III- to III+
Torreys to East Fork 1070.0cfs 17.7 Mi II
Sunbeam Run (Stanley to Sunbeam Dam) 1070.0cfs 13.0 Mi III- to III+