Class II Salmon River, ID

Upper Salmon (Torrey's Hole to North Fork of the Salmon)

Very suitable for novice summer float boaters of all kinds (rafts, kayaks, tubes, SUPs, drift boats, canoes) with Class I and II rapids. There are numerous irrigation ditch diversion structures along this stretch.

The Upper Salmon River (Stanley to North Fork, Idaho) provides a variety of boating and river-based recreational opportunities. This upper section is unique in its combination of easy access and backcountry scenic values. Dozens of wildlife and bird species depend on this river for its clean water and robust riparian zones for survival. The river also supports three separate species of anadromous fish, including Chinook Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, and Steelhead.

Towns along the Upper Salmon River include Stanley, Clayton, Challis, Ellis, Salmon, and North Fork, Idaho with Highways 75 and 93 running parallel to the river.

The river provides opportunities for rafting, floating, fishing, hot springs, camping, picnicking, and wildlife watching. Visitors can expect to see Bald Eagles, Deer, Elk, or Bighorn Sheep while recreating on the Upper Salmon River.


Photo: BLM. Cottonwood Recreation Site


For More Information:

Upper Salmon River - BLM

Upper Salmon River Boater Guide (PDF) - BLM

Section Details

Trip Length Multiday, 127.2 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Manager Bureau of Land Mangement, Challis Field Office
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater
Photo Credit: BLM Idaho