Trip Requirements for the Salmon River


Trip Requirements:

All boaters floating the Main Salmon are required to obtain a trip permit before launching at any time of the year.

Permit Holder Responsibilities:

Permit Holder must be 18 years old by the launch date.

Permit holder is responsible for submitting complete and final payment of all recreation fees for the entire group prior to the launch date.  Recreation Fee Guidelines for payment details, and cancellation/refund and no-show policies.

The permit holder shall:

  • Observe all local, State and Federal laws and regulations.

  • Camp in the reserved camps if listed on the permit. All other campsites are on first come first serve basis

  • Sign the trip permit and be responsible for the party. Must be present and accompany the group at all times while on the river.

  • Carry and display permit upon request of any Forest Officer.

  • Pick up all garbage including foil, plastic bottles, cans, cigarette butts, and micro-trash, and carry them out of the river corridor to a provided dump site and/or recycling station.

  • Not use soap, not even biodegradable soap, in any stream, river, lake or hot springs.

  • Ensure all boats are clean, drained, and dry with appropriate Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) stickers.

  • Carry and use the following Required Equipment:

  • A porta-potty with sufficient carrying capacity for the number of persons in your group. If you have a pet, you must transport out all pet feces. NO WIPES, sticks, rocks or other SCAT-machine clogging items allowed in the potty.
  • A metal fire pan and ash container to contain carry out all campfire ashes and charcoal. Do not build fire rings. Do not burn garbage that has toxic materials (plastics, metals, etc.).
  • A mesh strainer fine enough to filter coffee grounds for straining food particles from grey water.
  • A bucket and a shovel for firefighting and camp sanitation.
  • Sand stakes are required for securing rafts. If you use rocks please naturalize beaches prior to departing.
  •  Maintain group integrity; maximum distance of ¼ mile from person or boat with party. If party has a reserved camp, a boat can be sent ahead of group to set up camp.


Maximum group size is 30 persons per party year round.  During the Reserved Control Season, (June 20-September 7) group size determines trip length:



  • Group Size

  • Maximum Trip Length

  • Private and Commercial Parties

  • 21 - 30

  • 6 days - 5 nights

  • 11 - 20

  • 7 days - 6 nights

  • 1 - 10

  • 8days - 7 nights


Outside the Reserved Control Season the maximum trip length is 10 days.

A maximum of 2 kicker motors are allowed per float party.  Motors cannot exceed 10 horsepower.

Public nudity is prohibited.

The Antiquities Act prohibits the casual collection of artifacts. For this reason, we ask that you protect and leave all archeological artifacts and natural features intact. Take only pictures and memories; leave only footprints.