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Snake River - idaho
20th of April
Streamflow 17600 cfs
Average 7000 cfs
Runnable Min 1500 cfs
Runnable Max 15000 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 53 Miles
Class II
Current Weather 57° Sunny


Palisade Dam to Lorenzo (South Fork) is currently TOO HIGH to be paddled with large holes and dangerous drops. We don't recommended paddling Palisade Dam To Lorenzo (South Fork) today. Paddlers are advised to exercise caution with streamflow levels at 17600cfs, about 151% above the average runnable rate of 7000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Snake River between a bare minimum of 1500cfs and a high of 15000cfs.

This class II journey is accessible from 9 different boat launch points along the Snake River. Paddlers should prepare for some fun paddling along this run. Palisade Dam to Lorenzo (South Fork) is also ideal for multi day paddlers looking to do some camping too. Campers will find 15 riverside campsites as the run winds its way through 53 miles of the beautiful Snake River. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Palisade Dam To Lorenzo (South Fork) are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Snake River Nr Irwin Id.

Below the Palisade dam on the border of Wyoming and Idaho, the Snake River winds northeast towards the confluence with the Henrys Fork.  This section is sometimes referred to as the South Fork of the Snake River.  This run isn't filled with a lot of whitewater.  If you are looking for good fishing, some solitude and a good multi-day float this is a great section of river to run. Weather on the river today will be sunny, with a high near 57. west northwest wind around 7 mph.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: 53% Above Average

With a 17600cfs streamflow rate, Palisade Dam To Lorenzo (South Fork) is currently above its 11502cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 53%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 2910cfs in 2013, and a high of 19800cfs seen in 2018. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 13032500

Hourly Forecast: 57° Today, Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Chance of precipitation is 50%. to sunny, with a high near 68. southeast wind 8 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 51° - 68°

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KPIH 180839 AFDPIH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Pocatello ID 239 AM MDT Thu Apr 18 2019 .SHORT TERM...Through Saturday night. Quiet conditions expected through much of the day Friday as the region will be nestled beneath a high pressure ridge which will crest over the area on Friday. Given the expectation for plenty of sunshine and favorable downslope winds, have boosted high Temperatures from Friday from Burley to Idaho Falls. Under these conditions, Temperatures typically match or even exceed the warmest of guidance. As such, we`re carrying high Temperatures into the upper 70s for these areas Friday which will easily make Friday the warmest day of the year thus far, some 15 degrees above climatological averages. Records should be safe however as they`re well into the 80s across the eastern Magic Valley and Snake Plain for April 19. Attention then turns to an approaching cold front that will be encroaching on the Central Idaho Mountains by Friday night. The initial isolated to scattered showers (and possibly an isolated Thunderstorm) activity will likely begin across Custer county between sunset and Midnight Friday evening. As we head through the remainder of Friday night, showers should gradually sag south and east, with some hints of additional development along the Montana border/Continental Divide region. As we head into Saturday, the overall forecast picture is becoming a bit clearer, as models are coming into better agreement on resolving the complex interaction of a trough/low that`s expected to track from northern California Saturday through northern Utah Sunday and a separate shortwave tracking through Montana. Latest solutions offer earlier phasing of these features, which is now resulting in a gradual uptick in shower/thunderstorm activity across all of SE Idaho as we go through the day Saturday and continuing through Sunday. This is supported by ensemble Precipitation schemes as well, so have increased precipitation potential and associated forecast precipitation amounts through the Weekend across all of SE Idaho. As the low tracks through northern Utah Saturday night thorugh Sunday, expect isolated to scattered shower activity to become better organized and evolve into a banded ...

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Palisade Dam to Lorenzo (South Fork) Campsites

Palisade Creek Camp

A small camp exists just to the north of the palisade creek boat access road.  This camp can be accessed from the river as well as the road.  Plus it is very near Highway 26 so don't expect complete solitude here.

PC1 Camp

Just below the conant boat ramp the river channels split and the river makes a right hand turn.  There is a good sized island that can be camped on.  The southern portion of the island is wooded and there is a small beach section on the northern section of the island.

PC2 Camp

On river right.  A grassy river bank ledge area just before the Pine Creek drainage.

PC3 South Camp

PC3 North Camp

on river left

PC4 Camp

Small public camp section on river left

PC5 Camp

A long stretch of bank on river left is available for camps.

DC2 Camp

Smaller camp on river right.

DC3 Camp

on river left.

GC1 Camp

A small island camp on river left

GC2 Camp

on river right

GC4 Camp

on river right

LB Camp

on river left

Wolf Flat Camp

Camp can be accessed from the river but is used more by car campers.

Kelly Island Campground

This camp can be accessed from the river as well as by car.  If you had to you could also use this camp area as a put-in or take-out.



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