Floating the Salmon River

Updated May 6, 2019

Corn Creek 2013

Enjoy your National Forest!

Know Before You Go!  Use of mothballs is a violation of 36CFR §261.9 (f) (Using any pesticide except for personal use as an insect repellent or as provided by special-use authorization for other minor uses). 

Please do not use mothballs to deter pests from your vehicles while parked at Corn Creek.  Corn Creek is seeing a increasing problem with visitors leaving moth balls spread out under their vehicles.  The thought is that the moth balls will deter marmots and mice from causing damage to their vehicles while they are unattended.  This use of mothballs harms visitors, employees, and wildlife.

Use or possession of Drones is not allowed within wilderness. To learn more, click here.

Salmon River Use for 2011-2017



Corn Creek boat ramp renovations completed October 2017

Ramp extensions



New Slab on upper ramp





Permits Required for the "wild" Salmon River

All boaters floating the wild section of the Salmon River are required to obtain a trip permit before launching at any time of the year. The section of river covered by this system extends from Corn Creek to Long Tom Bar. Boaters floating the South Fork of the Salmon River and exiting onto the wild section of the Salmon must obtain a tributary permit before floating. South Fork floaters will need to contact the McCall Ranger District at (208) 634-0600 for permit information.

Boating permits are required year-round. Outside the lottery season, the number of launches is unlimited, but a trip permit is required before launching. During the lottery season, a 21-day cancellation is required. Also during the lottery season, the size of the group determines the maximum length of stay.

The lottery period for the wild section of the main Salmon extends from June 20 through Sept. 7. During the lottery season, no more than eight float boat parties (commercial and non-commercial) are allowed to launch each day. Before June 20 and after Sept. 7, there are unlimited permits, but the computer lists 99; please note how many reservations have already been made before booking your pre/post season date. For details, information and instructions, visit  the Four Rivers web page.

Reserving a Permit for a Launch Date

All river lottery applications, reservations, cancellations and payments are handled by Recreation.gov. To look for available dates, visit their website at www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.

Lottery applications must be submitted online at www.recreation.gov and are accepted annually beginning December 1; the deadline to apply is January 31, 11:59 p.m. For information about submitting an application, launch date calendars, demand and lottery statistics, visit the Four Rivers Lottery page first.


Reserve your launch date at Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.