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
Ef Of Sf Salmon River At Stibnite Id
USGS 13311000
9 cfs 4.8 ft
Payette River Nr Horseshoe Bend Id
USGS 13247500
963 cfs 2.9 ft
Nf Payette River At Mccall Id
USGS 13239000
89 cfs 2.3 ft
Johnson Creek At Yellow Pine Id
USGS 13313000
99 cfs 2.2 ft
Nf Payette River Nr Banks Id
USGS 13246000
273 cfs 4.1 ft
Meadow Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13310850
2 cfs 3.3 ft
Sf Salmon River Nr Krassel Ranger Station Id
USGS 13310700
182 cfs 1.9 ft
Middle Fork Payette River Nr Crouch Id
USGS 13237920
118 cfs 5.6 ft
Efsf Salmon R Abv Sugar Crk Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311250
11 cfs 10.3 ft
Efsf Salmon R Abv Meadow Crk Nr Stibnite
USGS 13310800
3 cfs 14.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Bogus Basin
SNOTEL 978
4" -1"
Squaw Flat
SNOTEL 782
5" 0"
Atlanta Summit
SNOTEL 306
14" 0"
Mountain Meadows
SNOTEL 650
6" 0"
Secesh Summit
SNOTEL 740
3" -2"
Brundage Reservoir
SNOTEL 370
8" -1"
Jackson Peak
SNOTEL 550
7" 0"
dixie north
SNOTEL DXEI1
1.97" -4.08"
Trinity Mtn.
SNOTEL 830
20" 0"
Banner Summit
SNOTEL 312
14" -1"
Mores Creek Summit
SNOTEL 637
10" 0"
Bear Basin
SNOTEL 319
1" -1"
Big Creek Summit
SNOTEL 338
9" 0"
Deadwood Summit
SNOTEL 439
24" 0"