Secesh To Main (The Canyon)


The South Fork of the Salmon is one of the best non-permitted multi-day trips in the country. At late summer flows (around 3' on the Krassel Gauge), it offers mostly a class III-IV experience with several solid class IV rapids. Above 4', it becomes a committing class V experience where swimming could be disastrous. Locals will run the stretch as high as it gets (often 7'+), but at these flows a guide is highly recommended. With scenery reminiscent of the Middle Fork of the Salmon, this run has it all.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Salmon River, South Fork are between a bare minimum of cfs and a high of cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 13310700, the Sf Salmon River Nr Krassel Ranger Station Id Remember only watercraft are permitted at Secesh to Main (The Canyon).

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Meadow Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13310850
2 cfs 3.3 ft
Sugar Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311450
38 cfs 7.2 ft
Sf Salmon River Nr Krassel Ranger Station Id
USGS 13310700
1,350 cfs 4.6 ft
Sf Payette River At Lowman Id
USGS 13235000
1,330 cfs 4.4 ft
Lake Fork Payette River Ab Jumbo Cr Nr Mccall Id
USGS 13240000
453 cfs 6.1 ft
Little Salmon River At Riggins Id
USGS 13316500
1,790 cfs 5.4 ft
Johnson Creek At Yellow Pine Id
USGS 13313000
1,250 cfs 4.2 ft
Deadwood River Bl Deadwood Res Nr Lowman Id
USGS 13236500
54 cfs 2.1 ft
Middle Fork Payette River Nr Crouch Id
USGS 13237920
821 cfs 7.5 ft
Efsf Salmon R Abv Sugar Crk Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311250
86 cfs 11.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
dixie north
SNOTEL DXEI1
15.65" -2.94"