Salmon-Challis National Forest Plans Wild & Scenic Rivers Act 50th Anniversary Events

Release Date: May 15, 2018  

SALMON, Idaho – The Salmon-Challis National Forest in partnership with Salmon River Outfitters Association and Middle Fork Outfitter and Guide Association are planning multiple events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  Upcoming events in our area include:

Wild and Scenic Rivers Essay Contest: (May-June) Submit a one page, single spaced essay describing “What Wild and Scenic Rivers Mean to You”.  Winners will be awarded the opportunity to participate as a volunteer member of the Middle Fork River Patrol during late summer of 2018.  Winners will be announced July 20th.   Submit your essays to by June 30th.  Contact Caleb George at 208-879-4108 or for more information.

Salmon Riverfest (June 15-16): The Forest will have a booth at the 2018 Salmon Riverfest in Salmon, Idaho.  More information on this event will be available soon.

Photo Contest: (Summer 2018) Submit your best photo of one of the two designated Wild and Scenic Rivers on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River or the Main Salmon River. Winners and runner-up prizes will be awarded in two categories: a nature category and a people/recreation category.  Winners will receive a Yeti Hopper Two 20 Cooler and runners-up will receive a 64oz Hydro Flask growler.  Submit your photos to by July 31st.  Winners will be announced August 3rd.  Contact Nick Schade at 208-756-5115 or  for more information.

Salmon River Recreation Section Cleanup – North Fork to Corn Creek: (August 4th) Clean up the “Day Section” so everyone can better enjoy future floats and drives through the beautiful Salmon River Corridor! Trash/debris will be collected along Salmon River Banks (by boat) or Salmon River Road (by vehicle).  Last year’s high water washed loads of trash/debris into the river (including dozens of tires and one house).  To participate, stop by North Fork Ranger District (located at the intersection of Hwy 93 and the Salmon River Road) anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday August 4, to pick up garbage bags and coordinate with Forest staff on what areas still need attention.  In addition, FS personnel will be floating the river and driving the road collecting trash/debris.  Publics are welcome to give their collected garbage to the Forest personnel in vehicles or deposit in a large dumpster the Forest Service will have staged in the North Fork District Office parking lot. Contact Larry Vogel at 208-865-2726 or Alex Sholes at 208-756-5209 for more information.

Wild and Scenic Rivers Speaker Event: (July/September) Planning for this event is ongoing.  More information will be available soon. 

In 1968 the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was passed by Congress to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. 

There are approximately 3.6 million miles of rivers in the United States.  Of these, 12,734 miles are protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  Idaho has approximately 107,651 total miles of river, of which 891 miles are designated as wild and scenic.   229 miles are designated on the Salmon-Challis National Forest and include the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and the segment of the Salmon River from the mouth of the North Fork of the Salmon River downstream to Long Tom Bar. 

As the Act nears a half century of protecting some of our greatest rivers, join us in celebrating its accomplishments, while working for its future. 

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