Salmon River - North Fork to Corn Creek; downstream of Salmon City [SA5]


This stretch of the Salmon River is great for fishing during steelhead season. Jet boat outfitters also offer scenic tours in this 40-mile reach of the Salmon River between Corn Creek and North Fork in the springtime when the water levels are best.
The itty bitty town of Shoup is an old mining area dating back to the late 1880s, where miners found gold in quartz. The original town was called Boulder City, according to the book “River of No Return,” and locals petitioned to have the town named as such, but the Postal Service chose “Shoup,” the name of Idaho’s first governor, George L. Shoup.Back in the mining days, Shoup had a population of 200 people. Now it’s just a few local residents. Watch for a white mule to visit by the side of the road in Shoup. The biggest waves in this river reach are at Pine Creek Rapid, rated Class 4, which starts right under a bridge for the Salmon River Road. Pine Creek Rapids is what caused local Native Americans to tell Lewis and Clark that the Salmon River was not navigable by boat.


To reach the put-in, take the Salmon River Road from the town of North Fork (north of Salmon) until it crosses the river at Pine Creek Bridge, just past the town of Shoup.To reach the take-out, continue six miles farther to the bridge over Panther Creek.Camping: The best nearby camping is at two Forest Service campgrounds downstream from Panther Creek.

River Stats



II+ to III+

Trip Length

6 mi.


Spring, summer, and fall


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