Upper Salmon River

This scenic “River of No Return” was formed 35 to 45 million years ago and is the longest free flowing river (425 miles) within one state in the lower 48. BLM manages a portion of the upper Salmon from just upstream of the town of Clayton downstream to approximately North Fork, Idaho.  No permit is required to float this portion of the Salmon.


There are several BLM campgrounds and boat launch facilities are available along the river including East Fork Campground, Deadman Hole Campground, Bayhorse Campground, Cottonwood Campground, Kilpatrick, Elevenmile, Shoup Bridge Campground, Morgan Bar Campground, and Tower Rock Campground). These facilities provide access to some of the calmer stretches of water along the River – ideal for sightseeing, camping, scenic floats, and fishing.


The US Forest Service does require permits are required for float boats and jetboats on the wild section of the Salmon River from June 20 through September 7.  Visit their website here.

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.