Contact(s): Amy Baumer

Issuance of public float boating permits will resume on May 16, 2020 for the Middle Fork of the Salmon and Salmon Rivers with permits to be issued virtually.  Normal floating rules and regulations will remain in place, which includes camp assignments, safety considerations, heritage and culturally sensitive locations, and adherence to fisheries guidelines.

An addendum to the permits regarding COVID-19 will be a requirement this season, which will need to be signed by and collected from the trip leader.  This addendum is a self-certification letter which applies to both commercial and private float boaters and affirms that certain “regular” amenities and features of the river corridors may not be available or possible during this time.  Furthermore float boaters will be required to adhere to state orders, and any Salmon-Challis National Forest closure orders during a trip.  This aligns with Stage 2 (May 16th-May 29th) of the Idaho Rebounds Path to Prosperity Plan.

Groups must come fully contained with their own potable water and waste containment systems.  No trash services or other facilities are currently available.  Permit holders will be updated by email or telephone conversation on current status of facilities as their launch date approaches.

During Stage 3 (anticipated May 30th–June 12th) and Stage 4 (anticipated June 13th-June 26th) of the Idaho Rebounds Path to Prosperity Plan, the Salmon-Challis National Forest will be re-evaluating opening of launches and launch campgrounds.

For more information on the River Management, please contact Nick Schade, Recreation Program Manager, at nicholas.schade@usda.gov.


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