Class VI Salmon River, OR

Salmon Wild and Scenic River (Headwaters to Confluence with the Sandy River)

The Salmon River Gorge consists of class V waterfalls, seperated by class II floating. It is a serious adventure, to be taken seriously (AW).


Only an hour's drive from Portland, Oregon, the clear water of the Salmon River cascades over numerous waterfalls in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness before reaching its lower forested canyons.


From its headwaters to the confluence with the Sandy River approximately 33.5 miles (53.9 km) downstream, the river's proximity makes it easy for a great number of people to enjoy its diverse recreational opportunities. The Salmon River incorporates portions of two major physiographic zones—the Cascade Mountain Range and the Columbia Basin. As a result, the river corridor contains great natural diversity, from alpine environments and narrow basalt canyons to wide floodplains with their associated wetlands. (BLM)


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Salmon River - BLM River - Oregon

Section Details

Trip Length Partial Day, 33.5 Miles
Fishing Yes
Manager Bureau of Land Management, Northwest Oregon District
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater