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
Warm Springs Cr At Guyer Hot Spr Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13137000
89 cfs 9.8 ft
Mf Salmon River At Mf Lodge Nr Yellow Pine Id
USGS 13309220
1,180 cfs 2.2 ft
Sf Boise River At Anderson Ranch Dam Id
USGS 13190500
612 cfs 3.6 ft
Big Wood River Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135500
90 cfs 5.2 ft
Camas Creek Nr Blaine Id
USGS 13141500
151 cfs 3.8 ft
Big Wood River Nr Bellevue Id
USGS 13141000
89 cfs ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id Total Flow
USGS 13139510
264 cfs 1.9 ft
Salmon River Bl Yankee Fork Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296500
799 cfs 3.0 ft
Big Wood R At S Broadford Bridge Nr Bellevue
USGS 13140335
206 cfs 6.8 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
14 cfs 3.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
20" -1"
Vienna Mine
SNOTEL 845
56" -2"
Atlanta Summit
SNOTEL 306
57" -1"
Morgan Creek
SNOTEL 639
19" -1"
Graham Guard Sta.
SNOTEL 496
13" -2"
Dollarhide Summit
SNOTEL 450
46" 0"
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
42" 0"
Jackson Peak
SNOTEL 550
56" -1"
bench lakes
SNOTEL BENLK_MADIS
51.7" 0.6"
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
36" -1"
Camas Creek Divide
SNOTEL 382
12" -2"
Lost-Wood Divide
SNOTEL 601
29" -2"
Trinity Mtn.
SNOTEL 830
62" 0"
Banner Summit
SNOTEL 312
46" 0"
Galena
SNOTEL 489
29" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Salmon River 37 6,147 ft
Smokey Bear 17 7,025 ft
Sunny Gulch 59 6,442 ft
Mormon Bend 17 6,094 ft
Bonanza Volunteer Camp 20 6,364 ft
Mountain View 9 6,496 ft
Chinook Bay 18 6,495 ft
Redfish Outlet None 6,566 ft
North Shore Alturas 23 7,041 ft
Point 19 6,570 ft
Alturas Inlet 29 7,013 ft
Mount Heyburn 23 6,580 ft
Basin Creek 18 6,065 ft
Glacier View 82 6,295 ft
Pettit Lake 20 7,011 ft
Blind Creek 6 6,011 ft
Casino Creek 20 6,130 ft
Sockeye 24 6,608 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Soldier Mountain 0" 44° 4.43"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Headwaters (Gold Creek to Stanley) 1440.0cfs 10.2 Mi III- to III+
Torreys to East Fork 1440.0cfs 17.7 Mi II
Sunbeam Run (Stanley to Sunbeam Dam) 1440.0cfs 13.0 Mi III- to III+