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
Deschutes River Near Culver
USGS 14076500
819 cfs 3.0 ft
Quartzville Creek Near Cascadia
USGS 14185900
788 cfs 5.7 ft
Clackamas River At Estacada
USGS 14210000
1,840 cfs 12.7 ft
Schafer Creek Near Lacomb
USGS 14188610
7 cfs 4.3 ft
Oak Grove Fork Above Powerplant Intake
USGS 14209000
345 cfs 5.1 ft
Metolius River Near Grandview
USGS 14091500
1,280 cfs 1.4 ft
Deschutes River Near Madras
USGS 14092500
4,480 cfs 3.0 ft
Sandy River Blw Bull Run River
USGS 14142500
948 cfs 8.6 ft
Kelley Creek At Se 159Th Drive At Portland
USGS 14211499
5 cfs 3.5 ft
East Fork Lewis River Near Heisson
USGS 14222500
908 cfs 13.2 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Red Hill
SNOTEL 712
2" 0"
Hogg Pass
SNOTEL 526
10" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Clackamas Lake 46 3,350 ft
McNeil 34 2,052 ft
Green Canyon 23 1,629 ft
Tollgate 26 1,752 ft
Joe Graham Horse Camp 13 3,382 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort -3" 39° 8.2"
Mt. Hood SkiBowl -3" 39° 8.2"
Timberline Ski Area -3" 39° 8.2"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Welches Run 458.0cfs 5.3 Mi II+ to III
Salmon River Canyon (Split Falls to Road Access) 61.2cfs 5.4 Mi V to V+