Class III-IV Middle Fork Salmon River, ID

Middle Fork Salmon River (Boundary Creek to Confluence w/Main Salmon)

One of the original eight rivers in the nation designated as wild and scenic on October 2, 1968, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River originates 20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, with the merging of Bear Valley and Marsh Creeks. The entire river, to its confluence with the Salmon River, is designated and is classified as wild, with the exception of a one-mile segment near the Dagger Falls-Boundary Creek Road, which is classified as scenic. All except this short scenic segment is also within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The Middle Fork is one of the last free-flowing tributaries of the Salmon River system. Because of its remote location, man’s presence in the area was somewhat limited, leaving it in the condition we see today. Only a few trails, landing strips, private ranches, and U.S. Forest Service stations are evidence of modern society. Fork Salmon

Section Details

Trip Length Multiday, 99.7 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit Yes
Manager U.S. Forest Service, Salmon-Challis National Forest
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater
Photo Credit: Charity Parks