Sunbeam Run (Stanley To Sunbeam Dam)


The section of the Salmon from Stanley down to where the old Sunbeam Dam headwall used to sit is known as the Sunbeam Run.  At one time a good portion of this run was a lake until the dam was destroyed.  The Salmon has returned to a free flowing river here but remnants of the dam remain.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Salmon River are between a bare minimum of 600cfs and a high of 6,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 13302500, the Salmon River At Salmon Id Remember only watercraft are permitted at Sunbeam Run (Stanley to Sunbeam Dam).

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Mormon Riffle
Class II to II+
Rough Creek Riffle
Class II to II+
Shotgun Rapid
Class III+ to IV
Sunbeam Rapid
Class III to IV-

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Big Wood River At Hailey Id
USGS 13139500
218 cfs ft
Valley Creek At Stanley Id
USGS 13295000
184 cfs 1.2 ft
Nf Big Wood River Nr Sawtooth Nra Hq Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135520
20 cfs 4.9 ft
Salmon River Bl Yankee Fork Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296500
727 cfs 2.8 ft
Ef Of Sf Salmon River At Stibnite Id
USGS 13311000
15 cfs 5.0 ft
Meadow Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13310850
2 cfs 3.3 ft
Johnson Creek At Yellow Pine Id
USGS 13313000
269 cfs 2.6 ft
Thompson Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297330
10 cfs 3.3 ft
Sugar Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311450
15 cfs 6.9 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
19 cfs 3.5 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Graham Guard Sta.
SNOTEL 496
8" -1"
Trinity Mtn.
SNOTEL 830
58" -2"
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
39" -1"
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
35" 1"
Banner Summit
SNOTEL 312
42" -1"
Atlanta Summit
SNOTEL 306
53" -1"
Camas Creek Divide
SNOTEL 382
7" -1"
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
18" 0"
Dollarhide Summit
SNOTEL 450
41" 1"
Deadwood Summit
SNOTEL 439
75" -1"
Vienna Mine
SNOTEL 845
53" 0"
bench lakes
SNOTEL BENLK_MADIS
50.9" 0"
Jackson Peak
SNOTEL 550
53" -1"
Galena
SNOTEL 489
27" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Smokey Bear 17 7,025 ft
Salmon River 37 6,147 ft
Chinook Bay 18 6,495 ft
Mormon Bend 17 6,094 ft
Pettit Lake 20 7,011 ft
Casino Creek 20 6,130 ft
Sunny Gulch 59 6,442 ft
Mountain View 9 6,496 ft
Mount Heyburn 23 6,580 ft
Stanley Lake None 6,550 ft
Basin Creek 18 6,065 ft
North Shore Alturas 23 7,041 ft
Sheep Trail 8 6,582 ft
Alturas Inlet 29 7,013 ft
Glacier View 82 6,295 ft
Sockeye 24 6,608 ft
Point 19 6,570 ft
Redfish Outlet None 6,566 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Sunbeam Run (Stanley to Sunbeam Dam) 1400.0cfs 13.0 Mi III- to III+
Torreys to East Fork 1400.0cfs 17.7 Mi II
Headwaters (Gold Creek to Stanley) 1340.0cfs 10.2 Mi III- to III+