Salmon River Canyon (Split Falls To Road Access)


Oregon is known for it's stout, creeky feeling rivers and this wild and scenic portion of the upper salmon river is no exception.  The upper section is very remote and requires effort to even get to the putin (see access tab for putin directions).  The Salmon River Canyon is committing and not a lot of descents have occurred here.  Strong class V skills as well as ropework and self rescue skills are a must here.  If you do need to do any portaging on any of the falls you will most likely be doing so with ropes as the canyon is very steep.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Salmon River are between a bare minimum of cfs and a high of cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 13296000, the Yankee Fork Salmon River Nr Clayton Id Remember only watercraft are permitted at Salmon River Canyon (Split Falls to Road Access).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Split Falls
Class V
Little Niagara Falls
Class V
Vanishing Falls
Class V to V+
Frustration Falls
Class V to V+
In Between Falls
Class V- to V
Final Falls
Class V to V+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Little Sandy River Near Bull Run
USGS 14141500
460 cfs 3.4 ft
Beaver Creek
USGS 14096850
118 cfs 2.7 ft
Deschutes River Near Madras
USGS 14092500
4,450 cfs 3.0 ft
South Fork Bull Run River Near Bull Run
USGS 14139800
379 cfs 5.1 ft
Johnson Creek At Regner Road
USGS 14211400
73 cfs 5.4 ft
Mosier Creek Near Mosier
USGS 14113200
44 cfs 3.4 ft
Metolius River Near Grandview
USGS 14091500
2,230 cfs 2.3 ft
Bull Run River At Lower Flume Nr Brightwood
USGS 14138720
41 cfs 1.8 ft
Blowout Creek Near Detroit
USGS 14180300
561 cfs 5.1 ft
Breitenbush R Abv French Cr Nr Detroit
USGS 14179000
2,380 cfs 5.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
McNeil 34 2,052 ft
Clackamas Lake 46 3,350 ft
Tollgate 26 1,752 ft
Joe Graham Horse Camp 13 3,382 ft
Green Canyon 23 1,629 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort 147" 58° 6.86"
Mt. Hood SkiBowl 147" 58° 6.86"
Timberline Ski Area 147" 58° 6.86"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Salmon River Canyon (Split Falls to Road Access) 117.0cfs 5.4 Mi V to V+
Welches Run 619.0cfs 5.3 Mi II+ to III