Main Salmon River (Powerboat)

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

The Main Salmon Wild and Scenic River (Long Tom Bar to Corn Creek) offers powerboat users a fun, challenging and beautiful trip through a deep and rugged canyon. The Main Salmon River travels east to west for over 80 miles bisecting both the Frank Church River of No Return and Selway Bitterroot Wilderness areas. This undammed, free flowing river contains many Class III and some Class IV rapids, depending on water level, and its whitewater characteristics change greatly over the course of the year as flows fluctuate. The Main Salmon not only offers river users the opportunity to seek solitude, but also provides a unique glimpse into the past, from prehistoric pictographs to old homesteads.

Permit & Season Information

There are two primary seasons on the Main Salmon, control and non-control. The control season lasts from June 20 through September 7 each year, and during that period a limit has been set at six powerboats on the river per day, with no more than three powerboats traveling together as a group. The maximum stay is limited to six nights and seven days during this season with a maximum group size of 30.

For those heading out during the non-control season between September 8 and June 19, the maximum stay is 10 days and nine nights. There is no limit on the number of power boats allowed on the river during this time, and all campsites are first-come, first-served.

Need to Know

Control Season Regulations (June 20 - September 7)

Non Control Season Regulations (September 8 - June 19)

Same as listed above with the following differences:

Fee Policy

Recreation fee is $4.00 per person per day or valid Salmon Rivers Season Pass.

Permit holders are responsible for payment of fees for entire group. A minimum payment of $4.00 (one person for one day) must be made when confirming the reservation. Final payment in full must be made on at least three working days prior to the launch date. Payment must be made with a credit card. The permit holder must acknowledge any Pass holders (Season, Senior or Access) at the time of payment for the group. Refunds cannot be made if the permit holder overpays for pass holders.

Season Pass: The Salmon Rivers Season Pass entitles you to powerboat on the Main Salmon River without additional recreation fees for one year from the date of purchase. Season passes only apply to the pass holder (not guests).. Season pass holders must present their pass and photo ID to the launch personnel issuing permit. Purchase your season pass from the Salmon River and North Fork District offices for $40.00.

Cancellation Policy

Reservation fee ($6.00) is non-refundable. If you need to cancel your launch reservation after payment of fees has been made, we will refund your payment, less the $6.00 reservation fee. Payments will be refunded back to your credit card immediately when a cancellation is submitted through Adjustments can be made to the party size until three days prior to launching. The entire trip can be canceled if necessary.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

304 Slate Creek RD White Bird ID 83554

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