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
Sandy River Blw Bull Run River
USGS 14142500
1,340 cfs 9.0 ft
North Fork Bull Run River Near Multnomah Falls
USGS 14138900
52 cfs 1.1 ft
Metolius River Near Grandview
USGS 14091500
1,410 cfs 1.6 ft
Clackamas River Above Three Lynx Creek
USGS 14209500
1,470 cfs 1.8 ft
Bull Run River At Lower Flume Nr Brightwood
USGS 14138720
25 cfs 1.3 ft
Fir Creek Near Brightwood
USGS 14138870
23 cfs 1.9 ft
Little Sandy River Near Bull Run
USGS 14141500
94 cfs 2.4 ft
Johnson Creek At Regner Road
USGS 14211400
4 cfs 4.5 ft
White Salmon River Near Underwood
USGS 14123500
963 cfs 4.0 ft
Oak Grove Fork Near Government Camp
USGS 14208700
72 cfs 1.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Peavine Ridge
SNOTEL 687
19" -2"
Blazed Alder
SNOTEL 351
85" -4"
Lone Pine
SNOTEL 591
95" -3"
Swift Creek
SNOTEL 1012
223" -1"
Surprise Lakes
SNOTEL 804
119" -2"
Red Hill
SNOTEL 712
109" -2"
Santiam Jct.
SNOTEL 733
14" -4"
Daly Lake
SNOTEL 434
15" -1"
Clackamas Lake
SNOTEL 398
22" -2"
Mud Ridge
SNOTEL 655
63" -2"
Greenpoint
SNOTEL 504
38" -1"
Hogg Pass
SNOTEL 526
45" -1"
Bear Grass
SNOTEL 1166
113" -3"
North Fork
SNOTEL 666
56" -2"
June Lake
SNOTEL 553
112" -1"
Mckenzie
SNOTEL 619
83" -2"
Calamity
SNOTEL 1109
2" -2"
Jump Off Joe
SNOTEL 552
15" -2"
Mt Hood Test Site
SNOTEL 651
155" -3"
Little Meadows
SNOTEL 584
74" -3"
South Fork Bull Run
SNOTEL 925
12" -2"
Spirit Lake
SNOTEL 777
7" -2"
Pinto Rock
SNOTEL 1263
97" -2"
Clear Lake
SNOTEL 401
29" -1"
Sheep Canyon
SNOTEL 748
110" -2"
Marion Forks
SNOTEL 614
10" -1"
Spencer Meadow
SNOTEL 776
67" -2"
Three Creeks Meadow
SNOTEL 815
15" -2"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Joe Graham Horse Camp 13 3,382 ft
Green Canyon 23 1,629 ft
Tollgate 26 1,752 ft
McNeil 34 2,052 ft
Clackamas Lake 46 3,350 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Timberline Ski Area 155" 54° 0"
Mt. Hood SkiBowl 155" 54° 0"
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort 155" 54° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Salmon River Canyon (Split Falls to Road Access) 158.0cfs 5.4 Mi V to V+
Welches Run 727.0cfs 5.3 Mi II+ to III