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River Activities

The BLM manages several spectacular Idaho river systems that offer world-class recreation. Each have distinctive characteristics that make for a unique blend of boating and fishing, but all offer outstanding scenery and memorable outdoor experiences. The Owyhee and Bruneau-Jarbidge systems offer truly challenging whitewater in remote wilderness settings and require multiple-day journeys and advanced skill and experience. Stretches of both these rivers have been added to the Wild and Scenic River System.  Other rivers, such as the South Fork Snake, are perfect for day trips, with calmer water, excellent access, and great fishing. The Lower Salmon and Payette Rivers are mountain rivers with excellent whitewater, good access, and a range of boating experiences. Recreation specialists in BLM Field Offices can answer any questions you may have.

Rafters on Snake River

Do I Need a Permit? 

Special Recreation Permits (SRPs) are required for commercial use, competitive use, special area use and organized group activity and event use.

You may also be required to pay additional fees or need a day-use or overnight camping pass, depending on your desired destination. Please check our individual river websites for more information.

Idaho Invasive Species Law and Boat Registration Requirement

All boats and non-motorized vessels (canoe, kayak, raft, drift boat, etc.) are required to purchase and display Idaho Invasive Species Law and Boat Registration stickers in order to legally launch and operate in Idaho.  Inflatable, non-motorized vessels less than 10 feet in length are exempt. In Oregon, an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention (AISP) permit is required for all watercraft greater than 10 feet in length.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses Required

Idaho licenses are required for hunting and fishing. Please learn and observe the seasons and regulations which are strictly enforced by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.


National River Database

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace Video (transcript

Boating Titling and Registration

NRCS Idaho 

Snowpack Report

Northwest River Forecast Center

Idaho Department of Fish and Game 

National Wild and Scenic Rivers 

Main Salmon River Information