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
Sugar Creek Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311450
9 cfs 6.8 ft
Squaw Creek Bl Bruno Creek Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13297355
43 cfs 3.3 ft
Sf Boise River Nr Featherville Id
USGS 13186000
207 cfs 1.5 ft
Yankee Fork Salmon River Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296000
183 cfs 5.9 ft
Efsf Salmon R Abv Sugar Crk Nr Stibnite
USGS 13311250
12 cfs 10.4 ft
Warm Springs Cr At Guyer Hot Spr Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13137000
31 cfs 9.3 ft
Mf Salmon River At Mf Lodge Nr Yellow Pine Id
USGS 13309220
394 cfs 1.4 ft
Salmon River Bl Yankee Fork Nr Clayton Id
USGS 13296500
377 cfs 2.0 ft
Big Wood River At Hailey Id
USGS 13139500
218 cfs ft
Big Wood River Nr Ketchum Id
USGS 13135500
37 cfs 4.7 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Vienna Mine
SNOTEL 845
65" 0"
Atlanta Summit
SNOTEL 306
62" -1"
Galena
SNOTEL 489
42" -1"
yellow pine 0.2 ssw, id
SNOTEL ID-VL-2
20.53" 2.18"
glenns ferry
SNOTEL GLFI1
2.66" -0.55"
Deadwood Summit
SNOTEL 439
82" -1"
Soldier R.S.
SNOTEL 769
25" 0"
Camas Creek Divide
SNOTEL 382
29" -1"
Trinity Mtn.
SNOTEL 830
69" -1"
Jackson Peak
SNOTEL 550
51" -1"
Mill Creek Summit
SNOTEL 627
56" 0"
Chocolate Gulch
SNOTEL 895
31" 0"
Galena Summit
SNOTEL 490
51" -1"
bench lakes
SNOTEL BENLK_MADIS
52.7" -0.6"
Dollarhide Summit
SNOTEL 450
55" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Mormon Bend 17 6,094 ft
Chinook Bay 18 6,495 ft
Pettit Lake 20 7,011 ft
Casino Creek 20 6,130 ft
Stanley Lake None 6,550 ft
Sockeye 24 6,608 ft
Smokey Bear 17 7,025 ft
Glacier View 82 6,295 ft
Mount Heyburn 23 6,580 ft
Sheep Trail 8 6,582 ft
Sunny Gulch 59 6,442 ft
Salmon River 37 6,147 ft
Basin Creek 18 6,065 ft
Redfish Outlet None 6,566 ft
Mountain View 9 6,496 ft
Point 19 6,570 ft
Alturas Inlet 29 7,013 ft
North Shore Alturas 23 7,041 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Torreys to East Fork 862.0cfs 17.7 Mi II
Sunbeam Run (Stanley to Sunbeam Dam) 862.0cfs 13.0 Mi III- to III+
Headwaters (Gold Creek to Stanley) 862.0cfs 10.2 Mi III- to III+