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Salmon River - oregon
20th of April
Streamflow 275 cfs
Average cfs
Runnable Min cfs
Runnable Max cfs
Gradient 143 FPM
Length 5 Miles
Class V to V+
Current Weather 55° Sunny


This class V to V+ journey is accessible from 2 different boat launch points along the Salmon River. Paddlers should prepare for the 6 class V to V+ whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Salmon River Canyon (Split Falls To Road Access) are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Yankee Fork Salmon River Nr Clayton Id.

Oregon is known for it's stout, creeky feeling rivers and this wild and scenic portion of the upper salmon river is no exception.  The upper section is very remote and requires effort to even get to the putin (see access tab for putin directions).  The Salmon River Canyon is committing and not a lot of descents have occurred here.  Strong class V skills as well as ropework and self rescue skills are a must here.  If you do need to do any portaging on any of the falls you will most likely be doing so with ropes as the canyon is very steep. Weather on the river today will be sunny, with a high near 55. light northwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Season Begins: April & Ends: June

Seasonal Flow Status: % Below Average

With a 275cfs streamflow rate, Salmon River Canyon (Split Falls To Road Access) is currently below its cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by %. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of cfs in , and a high of cfs seen in . Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 13296000

Hourly Forecast: 55° Today, Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A 20 percent chance of snow showers before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. to a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. mostly sunny, with a high near 62. southwest wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 49° - 62°

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 ...

Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
Split Falls

The action starts right at the putin with a 20 foot waterfall drop.  Run towards the right and regroup in the pool below.

Scout from the putin.
V 2354.72 Feet
Little Niagara Falls

Little has several drops you can take.  Take the time to scout it and choose your drop.

Scout from either bank.
V 2180.64 Feet
Vanishing Falls

The river corridor narrows here and this drop is either a sketchy run in your boat or a sketchy portage with your boat.  Ropes can be handy here.  The base of the falls lies in a narrow canyon with undercut walls and strong currents since all of the river is cutting through this slot at this point.

Scout it!
V to V+ 2115.0 Feet
Frustration Falls

Aesthetically this is one of the prettier falls out there.  From a kayak perspective it is one of the scarier must make move waterfalls there is.  Frustration Falls drops a total of 75 feet but it's broken up into several drops.  As you descend you need to make the eddy's above each drop to make sure you are lined up right and hit your overall line.

Scouting requires a must make eddy at the top of the falls.
V to V+ 2029.0 Feet
In Between Falls

A smaller 15 to 20 foot falls lives between Frustration and Final falls.  If you've made it down Frustration successfully, these falls will feel comfortable and doable.  Still make sure to scout and get your right line.

V- to V 2095.48 Feet
Final Falls

This has been run but many choose to portage this last set of falls.

Kayak it or rapel or jump it to portage.
V to V+ 1981.81 Feet

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