Four Rivers Lottery Information
The Four Rivers Lottery application period is December 1 through January 31 (closes midnight Eastern time) annually.
The Selway River, (Wild Main) Salmon River, Hells Canyon-Snake River, and Middle Fork of the Salmon River use randomized lottery drawings to assign launch reservations for their control (primary) seasons. The National Recreation Reservation Service is processing all river lottery applications, reservations, cancellations and payments for the four rivers.
Applications must be submitted online at www.recreation.gov . Each applicant must have their own email address to create a profile and submit an application. Each person (age 18 or older) can submit only one application for each river's lottery drawing.
Lottery Results Available February 6, 2014
The lottery drawing is completed in early February. Applicants will need to log into their profile at Recreation.gov to see the results of their lottery application(s). Email notices will be sent to all applicants, but occasionally may not reach your inbox, so be sure to log into your profile to see your results. Do not assume no email means no luck.
Immdiately after the lottery results emails are sent out, any unfilled lottery dates, or any successful lottery reservations that are declined or cancelled will be posted on the www.recreation.gov website at a random time within 24 hours of being released, except for Selway reservations, which will not be released until March 16th.
CONFIRMATION DEADLINE is March 15 for all successful lottery applicants. To confirm your reservation, log into your profile, accept your reservation, and enter your Permit Details information by March 15th. You must enter at least one person and the required information on the Permit Details page to confirm your reservation. You will be able to change your group size and trip details at any time prior to the launch date. The Salmon and the Middle Fork require payment of recreation fees to confirm your launch reservation.
Unconfirmed reservations for the 4 Rivers will be released randomly (same as cancellations) on March 16th. These unconfirmed dates may appear at any time on the www.recreation.gov website, or call 1-877-444-6777 to check for availability.
Successful applicants do not receive a paper packet of confirmation materials. Boaters will need to access the respective river's information webpage for details about equipment requirements, regulations and trip information. The website will be listed on the confirmation letter that will be emailed once the reservation is confirmed. Or you can click on the river's links at the bottom of this page.
CANCELLATIONS: Cancelled reservations are released randomly at www.recreation.gov within 24 hours of submission. Boaters should try to anticipate high and low water levels before reserving a launch date. Individuals can only have one reservation during the lottery/primary contol season for each river. Individuals who are being penalized for being a no-show or cancelling late are not eligible.
How to Find an available Launch Date
On the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, cancellations of August 15 through September 15 will not be reissued after March 15. This is one of the mitigation measures in place for spawning chinook salmon.
The National Recreation Reservation Service is processing all river lottery applications, reservations, cancellations and payments for the four rivers. Visit their website at www.recreation.gov and search for a river.
Reservations for pre-season and post-season launches on the Middle Fork and Wild Main Salmon Rivers are available annually as of October 1st at 10:00 am Eastern time at www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. Reserving a pre/post season launch date does not make someone ineligible for the lottery.
How to reserve a pre/post season launch date.
Calendars for the 2014 Lottery:
Click for older Lottery Stats, Calendars
2013 Lottery Launch Calendars:
Transition to National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS)
In 2010, the National Recreation Reservation Service began processing all river lottery applications, reservations, cancellations and payments. Visit their website at www.recreation.gov.
River Contact Information
Email the Four Rivers Lottery group. We welcome your comments and questions.