Upper Salmon River at Stanley

Stanley, Idaho

The Salmon River is located in Idaho in the northwestern United States. The Salmon is also known as The River of No Return. It flows for 425 miles (684 km) through central Idaho, draining a rugged, thinly populated watershed of 14,000 square miles (36,260 km2) and dropping more than 7,000 feet (2,134 m) between its headwaters, near Galena Summit above the Sawtooth Valley in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and its confluence with the Snake River. Measured at White Bird, its average discharge is 11,060 cubic feet (313 m3) per second. It is one of the largest rivers in the continental United States without a single dam on its main stem.

North of Salmon, the river is joined by the North Fork, before turning west into over 200 miles of continuous canyons through the Salmon River and Clearwater Mountains – some of the most rugged and isolated terrain in the contiguous United States. Exhibiting upwards of 7,000 feet of vertical relief, the Salmon River canyons are some of the deepest in the US, surpassing the Grand Canyon and second only to the Snake River's Hells Canyon on the Idaho–Oregon border. Here, the river is joined by its two largest tributaries, the Middle Fork and South Fork.

Several national forests and Sawtooth National Recreation Area provide for numerous recreation opportunities within the river's watershed. Two segments (the Middle Fork and Main Fork) are protected as National Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Salmon is a popular destination for whitewater kayaking, canoeing, and rafting. The canyons of the Salmon allow for magnificent views of the complex geology of the region. The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area includes one of the deepest canyons in the continental United States, which at roughly 7,000 feet (2,100 m) of vertical relief, is deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Facilities: Parking is available 1.6 miles at Sawtooth valley Pioneer Park. The restroom is available at Sinclair gas station which is 0.8 miles away from the marked location.

COVID-19

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Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 11th, 2022. Snake River Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 11th, 2022 at 12:05 PM.
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Current Weather
24°C
Mostly clear
Monitoring Frequency

Upper Salmon River at Stanley is sampled weekly from May 25th to September 6th.

Source Information

TBD

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Upper Salmon River at Stanley

Stanley, Idaho

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 11th, 2022. Snake River Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 11th, 2022 at 12:05 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
24°C
Mostly clear

The Salmon River is located in Idaho in the northwestern United States. The Salmon is also known as The River of No Return. It flows for 425 miles (684 km) through central Idaho, draining a rugged, thinly populated watershed of 14,000 square miles (36,260 km2) and dropping more than 7,000 feet (2,134 m) between its headwaters, near Galena Summit above the Sawtooth Valley in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and its confluence with the Snake River. Measured at White Bird, its average discharge is 11,060 cubic feet (313 m3) per second. It is one of the largest rivers in the continental United States without a single dam on its main stem.

North of Salmon, the river is joined by the North Fork, before turning west into over 200 miles of continuous canyons through the Salmon River and Clearwater Mountains – some of the most rugged and isolated terrain in the contiguous United States. Exhibiting upwards of 7,000 feet of vertical relief, the Salmon River canyons are some of the deepest in the US, surpassing the Grand Canyon and second only to the Snake River's Hells Canyon on the Idaho–Oregon border. Here, the river is joined by its two largest tributaries, the Middle Fork and South Fork.

Several national forests and Sawtooth National Recreation Area provide for numerous recreation opportunities within the river's watershed. Two segments (the Middle Fork and Main Fork) are protected as National Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Salmon is a popular destination for whitewater kayaking, canoeing, and rafting. The canyons of the Salmon allow for magnificent views of the complex geology of the region. The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area includes one of the deepest canyons in the continental United States, which at roughly 7,000 feet (2,100 m) of vertical relief, is deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Facilities: Parking is available 1.6 miles at Sawtooth valley Pioneer Park. The restroom is available at Sinclair gas station which is 0.8 miles away from the marked location.

Monitoring Frequency

Upper Salmon River at Stanley is sampled weekly from May 25th to September 6th.

Source Information

TBD

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Water Quality Graph

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