Salmon River

Chinook Salmon
Roger Tabor / USFWS Pacific

In March, Idaho Fish and Game projected the number of Chinook salmon would be well below normal in Idaho’s rivers this spring. Last week, the agency determined the returns of fish making their way from the ocean would be even lower than those predictions.



Payette Land Trust


A 100-acre ranch along the South Fork of the Salmon River is now under a conservation easement with the Payette Land Trust, ensuring the land won’t be used for future mining development. 

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Outhouses are found at nearly every boating and fishing access point along the Salmon River. These restrooms will now be both functional and works of art.

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Oct 26, 2018

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If you’re preparing to go on a float trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, beware: The river’s namesake will be spawning below the surface for the next four weeks.

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The South Fork of the Salmon River just made the list of America’s most endangered rivers of 2018.

Ken Cole / Western Watersheds Project

An environmental group and the U.S. Forest Service have agreed to a deal to help fish in the Salmon River.

Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

In May, a federal judge ordered dam operators in the Northwest to put all options back on the table to save endangered salmon. That means giving a close look at four dams on the lower Snake River. Now, Boiseans will have the chance to weigh in on the proposal.

The debate over the best way to protect salmon has been caught in court battles for the last 20 years.

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Federal authorities are considering reversing an 80-year-old decision and designating the Salmon River as navigable.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the proposed change would add to the list of regulated activities on the river.

People currently need a Clean Water Act permit to use the river when discharging dredge or fill material.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Brig. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon is expected to make a decision on the change in May.

Gary Lane / Wapiti River Guides

This picture has been popping up on social media. It’s an unusual phenomenon known as an “ice circle.” And this one was spotted by an Idaho river guide who snapped this picture while heading out for a hunting trip several years ago.

Gary Lane is a river guide and photographer. He and his wife Barb run Wapiti River Guides out of Riggins. He took the photo in 2009.

“I was driving up the road along the Salmon River above Riggins and I saw that ice circle, so of course I had to get out and take a picture of it,” Lane says.

Travis Manion Foundation

A group of women from around the U.S. got together last week for a special trip along the Salmon River. They were the survivors of fallen military service members who came together to learn how to cope with the loss of their loved ones.

The trip is the brainchild of the Travis Manion Foundation. It is a non-profit group that helps veterans and families of the fallen. The foundation has led expeditions all over the country for spouses and fiancées of military members.

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Idaho health officials are trying to determine what is causing the gastrointestinal illness that has affected commercial and private rafters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, as well as fire personnel.

Mike Taylor, an epidemiologist with the Eastern Idaho Public Health District, tells the Idaho Statesman that river guides have fallen ill and a Forest Service weed control crew had to be flown out after getting sick.

Pete Zimosky / Idaho Statesman

Rafters along the popular Middle Fork of the Salmon River in central Idaho are being told to be prepared to share reserved camping spaces with other rafters or even firefighters because of a nearby wildfire.

Flood Watch Near Salmon In Effect After Frigid Temps

Jan 23, 2013
Andrew McFarlane / Flickr Creative Commons

Ice jams on the Salmon River are causing flooding concerns. The National Weather Service reports continued sub-zero temperatures in Lemhi County. The cold weather could mean the river will flood low-lying areas this week.    

David Evetts is with the U.S. Geological Survey in Idaho. He says there is one ice jam north and one south of Salmon. Evetts says it’s common for ice jams to form in the area, but flooding isn’t always the end result.

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A gold miner who got the go-ahead to dredge a half mile section of the Salmon River in Idaho may be calling it quits.

Mike Conklin of Grangeville, Idaho told the Idaho Department of Lands he won’t be signing the lease he worked for this past summer. The lease approved by the State Land Board would have given him the exclusive right to mine on a half mile of the Salmon River three hours north of Boise.

Idaho Land Board Approves Mining Lease

Sep 18, 2012

The Idaho Land Board signed off today on a lease that would allow a gold miner along the Salmon River to exclusively mine for gold.

Mike Conklin of Grangeville wants to do what’s called suction dredge mining along a half mile stretch of the Salmon River near Riggins. It’s a process where a miner sucks up the the river bottom in search of particle sized gold.

Miners like Conklin need two things from a state level - a mining permit by the Department of Water Resources and a five-year Land Lease from the Department of Lands. He has both.

More Of Idaho's Land Goes Wild

Jul 17, 2012
Deb Love / Trust for Public Lands

The Forest Service purchased 80 acres of private land last month along the Salmon River, in an effort to protect wilderness.

The Trust for Public Lands, a national nonprofit organization, helped the Forest Service acquire that land last month.

Northern Rockies Director for the Trust Deb Love says it’s important to buy up private land and protect it as wilderness.  She says doing so helps the Forest Service manage the land without worrying about pockets of private property.