Palisade Dam To Lorenzo (South Fork)


Below the Palisade dam on the border of Wyoming and Idaho, the Snake River winds northeast towards the confluence with the Henrys Fork.  This section is sometimes referred to as the South Fork of the Snake River.  This run isn't filled with a lot of whitewater.  If you are looking for good fishing, some solitude and a good multi-day float this is a great section of river to run.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Snake River are between a bare minimum of 1,500cfs and a high of 15,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 13032500, the Snake River Nr Irwin Id Remember only watercraft are permitted at Palisade Dam to Lorenzo (South Fork).

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Gros Ventre River At Zenith Wy
USGS 13015000
137 cfs 17.9 ft
Fish Creek At Wilson
USGS 13016450
66 cfs 1.9 ft
Grays Lk Div To Blackfoot R Basin Nr Wayan Id
USGS 13057300
0 cfs 2.8 ft
Willow Creek Bl Tex Creek Nr Ririe Id
USGS 13057940
127 cfs 3.0 ft
Nf Teton River Nr Sugar City Id
USGS 13055250
239 cfs 5.0 ft
Snake River Nr Moran Wy
USGS 13011000
289 cfs 2.6 ft
Falls River Ab Yellowstone Canal Nr Squirrel Id
USGS 13046995
497 cfs 5.5 ft
South Fork Teton River Nr Rexburg Id
USGS 13055340
344 cfs 5.8 ft
Cache Creek Near Jackson
USGS 13018300
4 cfs 3.4 ft
Boundary Creek Nr Bechler Ranger Station Y.N.P. Wy
USGS 13046680
83 cfs ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Hams Fork
SNOTEL 509
20" -1"
bedford - coop
SNOTEL BDFW4
15.41" -0.21"
driggs 3.4 nne, id
SNOTEL ID-TT-1
0.06" 0"
Whiskey Creek
SNOTEL 858
44" 2"
Thumb Divide
SNOTEL 816
34" 0"
Island Park
SNOTEL 546
30" 0"
Triple Peak
SNOTEL 831
45" -1"
White Elephant
SNOTEL 860
55" -2"
Giveout
SNOTEL 493
10" -1"
Slug Creek Divide
SNOTEL 761
23" 0"
Franklin Basin
SNOTEL 484
40" -2"
Indian Creek
SNOTEL 544
47" 0"
Black Bear
SNOTEL 347
83" -1"
Pine Creek Pass
SNOTEL 695
38" -1"
Usu Doc Daniel
SNOTEL 1098
56" 0"
alta - coop
SNOTEL ALTW4
13.34" -0.21"
Madison Plateau
SNOTEL 609
58" -2"
Phillips Bench
SNOTEL 689
52" 0"
Garden City Summit
SNOTEL 1114
27" -1"
Grassy Lake
SNOTEL 499
70" -1"
Spring Creek Divide
SNOTEL 779
67" 0"
Somsen Ranch
SNOTEL 770
22" -1"
Kelley R.S.
SNOTEL 554
35" 0"
Tony Grove Lake
SNOTEL 823
51" -2"
Cottonwood Creek
SNOTEL 419
50" -1"
afton - coop
SNOTEL AFOW4
7.82" -1.11"
Willow Creek
SNOTEL 868
50" -1"
Emigrant Summit
SNOTEL 471
40" 0"
Tepee Creek
SNOTEL 813
36" -1"
Grand Targhee
SNOTEL 1082
97" 0"
Sheep Mtn.
SNOTEL 749
32" -1"
Klondike Narrows
SNOTEL 1115
27" -1"
Lakeview Ridge
SNOTEL 568
16" -1"
West Yellowstone
SNOTEL 924
25" -3"
Blind Bull Sum
SNOTEL 353
54" 0"
Salt River Summit
SNOTEL 730
28" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Big Elk 15 5,661 ft
Calamity 41 5,659 ft
Palisades Creek 8 5,549 ft
Blowout 15 5,691 ft
Pine Bar 6 6,308 ft
McCoy Creek 17 5,692 ft
Mike Harris 12 6,564 ft
Riverside Park 22 5,400 ft
Tincup 5 5,847 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Grand Targhee Ski Resort 97" 38° 8.6"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Palisade Dam to Lorenzo (South Fork) 1770.0cfs 53.0 Mi II
Narrows 1140.0cfs 3.6 Mi III- to III+
Lower Greys (Squaw Creek to Bridge Campground) 465.0cfs 2.5 Mi III+ to V-