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
Quartzville Creek Near Cascadia
USGS 14185900
26 cfs 2.9 ft
Crooked River Below Opal Springs
USGS 14087400
1,260 cfs 1.9 ft
Blowout Creek Near Detroit
USGS 14180300
6 cfs 3.0 ft
North Santiam River At Niagara
USGS 14181500
1,880 cfs 3.8 ft
East Fork Lewis River Near Heisson
USGS 14222500
52 cfs 10.2 ft
Clackamas River Above Three Lynx Creek
USGS 14209500
604 cfs 0.4 ft
South Fork Bull Run River Near Bull Run
USGS 14139800
9 cfs 2.5 ft
Shitike Cr
USGS 14092750
27 cfs 0.8 ft
Bull Run River Near Multnomah Falls
USGS 14138850
37 cfs 2.4 ft
Oak Grove Fork Near Government Camp
USGS 14208700
93 cfs 1.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Swift Creek
SNOTEL 1012
1" -4"
Hogg Pass
SNOTEL 526
4" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
McNeil 34 2,052 ft
Tollgate 26 1,752 ft
Clackamas Lake 46 3,350 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 -2" 69° 0"
Timberline Ski Area -2" 69° 0"
Mt. Hood SkiBowl -2" 69° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Salmon River Canyon (Split Falls to Road Access) 47.8cfs 5.4 Mi V to V+
Welches Run 295.0cfs 5.3 Mi II+ to III