Upper Salmon River Float

Event Date
Event Contact

Carl or Judi, 208 859 2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com by Wednesday September 4

We moved the start date of the trip from Sep 6 to the 13th due to storms.

Join us for a 5-day ~66-mile semi-exploratory float of the Upper Salmon River for small boats (e.g., quality inflatable kayaks, canoes). On the first day, we will drive from Boise, run the shuttle, launch, float, camp where we left the shuttle vehicle, and pick up the vehicle left at the launch. Each day afterwards, we will run our daily shuttles, paddle, and camp. On the last day, we paddle and return to Boise. Each day’s paddle will be about 10 to 15 miles. Some of our camps are free, others have fees, one has a hotsprings, and not all have potable water. The river meanders will alternately bring us near and away from 2-lane roads.

Participants must be able to ferry, eddy turn, maneuver quickly to avoid hazards (rocks, snags), paddle swift water with rapids no harder than Class II, and know how to tie knots (a bowline at the very least). Required gear includes: PFD with whistle, Idaho Aquatic Invasive Species Sticker, throw rope, splash gear (top and bottom), insulating layers, river shoes, first aid kit, boat repair kit, sunglasses, sun screen, sunhat, food, car camping gear, ear plugs, swim suit, towel, one-gallon water jug.

We will break into cook groups and decide on community gear (rain/shade camp tarps, stoves, spare PFDs, spare paddles, air pumps) and carpooling once we have a final head count.

The first launch is about a 3.5-hour drive from Boise. The last takeout is about a 4.5-hour return. Road work along ID75 may cause short delays. River access areas are accessible to passenger vehicles. No dogs, please.