Salmon River within the Klamath National WSR

"Freight Train" Rapid on the Salmon River

Under the Klamath Wild and Scenic River designation, the entire Salmon River system with its North and South Forks were designated a Scenic River and Recreational River within the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System in 1981. The watersheds of two great wilderness areas combine to form the Salmon River. The North Fork of the Salmon River begins high up in the Marble Mountains Wilderness while the South Fork of the Salmon finds its origins in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The two forks join forces at a place aptly called Forks of Salmon. Twenty miles further west and the Salmon River empties into the Klamath and continues on to the Pacific Ocean. This area is rich with history and culture of native people and of gold seekers and pioneers.

"Last Chance" Rapid on the Salmon River

In the early 1980’s, the Salmon River was discovered as a premier opportunity for whitewater rafting, offering 14 miles of Class IV and V rapids. Every spring, river enthusiasts flock to the Salmon River to enjoy the whitewater provided by the annual snowmelt.

Spring Snowmelt on the Salmon River
Salmon River Landscape Looking down on Cascade Falls on the Salmon River The lower section of the Salmon River The mouth of the Salmon River in winter time Shallow water during low flow on the Salmon River


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