01 Salmon River


Launch dates outside the Lottery Control Season (June 20-Sept. 7) have an unlimited number of launches on the Wild Salmon River section; carefully check the capacity before selecting a date (99 launches are listed for each pre/post season date).

If you have a spring float reservation, call the North Fork Ranger District at 208-865-2700 several days prior to your launch date to make arrangements regarding obtaining your permit before going on the river. The launch site is intermittently staffed until late May.

Permit Availability

River Description

Located in central Idaho in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (FC-RONRW), lies the 80 mile Wild section of the Salmon River. This section traverses the state of Idaho from east to west and was the water way that Lewis and Clark sought to the Pacific, but found unnavigable. The Salmon River lies within the FCRONR and is also bordered by the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness and Gospel Hump Wilderness. It is managed by the Salmon-Challis National Forest under the less restrictive Wild and Scenic Rivers Act allowing for a variety of different user types.


A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
W: Available at the Facility
R: Reserved
C: Closed
X: Not available
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