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
Johnson Creek At Yellow Pine Id
USGS 13313000
79 cfs 2.1 ft
Little Salmon River At Riggins Id
USGS 13316500
173 cfs 2.4 ft
Payette River Nr Horseshoe Bend Id
USGS 13247500
2,950 cfs 5.8 ft
Sf Salmon River Nr Krassel Ranger Station Id
USGS 13310700
132 cfs 1.7 ft
Nf Payette River At Mccall Id
USGS 13239000
49 cfs 2.0 ft
Deadwood River Bl Deadwood Res Nr Lowman Id
USGS 13236500
604 cfs 5.4 ft
Meadow Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13310850
2 cfs 3.3 ft
Sf Payette River At Lowman Id
USGS 13235000
339 cfs 3.3 ft
Middle Fork Payette River Nr Crouch Id
USGS 13237920
106 cfs 5.5 ft
Sugar Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311450
11 cfs 6.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Secesh Summit
SNOTEL 740
1" 0"