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
Sf Payette River At Lowman Id
USGS 13235000
829 cfs 3.9 ft
Little Salmon River At Riggins Id
USGS 13316500
763 cfs 3.9 ft
Efsf Salmon R Abv Sugar Crk Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311250
19 cfs 10.5 ft
Meadow Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13310850
2 cfs 3.3 ft
Middle Fork Payette River Nr Crouch Id
USGS 13237920
535 cfs 6.8 ft
Ef Of Sf Salmon River At Stibnite Id
USGS 13311000
16 cfs 4.9 ft
Efsf Salmon R Abv Meadow Crk Nr Stibnite
USGS 13310800
3 cfs 14.7 ft
Johnson Creek At Yellow Pine Id
USGS 13313000
259 cfs 2.6 ft
Lake Fork Payette River Ab Jumbo Cr Nr Mccall Id
USGS 13240000
105 cfs 4.5 ft
Deadwood River Bl Deadwood Res Nr Lowman Id
USGS 13236500
52 cfs 2.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
dixie north
SNOTEL DXEI1
26.69" -0.6"
Banner Summit
SNOTEL 312
46" 0"
Deadwood Summit
SNOTEL 439
79" 1"
Atlanta Summit
SNOTEL 306
57" -1"
Mores Creek Summit
SNOTEL 637
49" -2"
Big Creek Summit
SNOTEL 338
60" 0"
Long Valley
SNOTEL 1016
5" -1"
Bogus Basin
SNOTEL 978
47" -1"
Cozy Cove
SNOTEL 423
23" 0"
Brundage Reservoir
SNOTEL 370
58" 0"
grangeville 0.2 ene, id
SNOTEL ID-ID-10
0.12" 0"
Secesh Summit
SNOTEL 740
57" 0"
Bear Basin
SNOTEL 319
44" 0"
Jackson Peak
SNOTEL 550
56" -1"
Graham Guard Sta.
SNOTEL 496
13" -2"
Squaw Flat
SNOTEL 782
31" -1"
Trinity Mtn.
SNOTEL 830
62" 0"