Middle Fork Salmon River (ID) - 100 miles - July 2-8, 2013

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Trip Itinerary:
Day 	Camp 			Bank 	Miles 
Put-in	Boundary Creek 		Left	0.0
1	Scout Camp 		Left	12.7
2	Marble Creek		Left	31.6
3	Whitie Cox		Left	46.2
4	Johnnie Walker		Left	60.8
5	Survey Creek		Left	74.8
6	Otter Bar		Right	90.4
7	Takeout	Cache Bar 	Right	99.7

The traditional congestion at Boundary Creek as the 7 daily permit groups launch. Our permit was for 19 people and 12 boats.
Our trip was 7 days/6 nights. USFS charges a $4 per person/day recreation fee. Commercial outfitters charge $1900-$2300 (plus rec fee) for a 6 day trip. As I understand it there are 28 different commercial outfitters on the MF. 3 or 4 of the permits each day are commercial


My new 14' SOTAR Legend was in the 2nd tier, which required pass-along loading


Almost ready


Short stop after launch to tighten straps and reloop a stern line that deployed


The 2.46' launch stage is the lowest of my 7 trips. The waters started out clear


Tight upper stretches


Sliding thru the left side of Velvet Falls. Never thought about rocks being in the slot before...2


First group lunch stop at Big Bend RM 6.5


Only 1 boat with the umbrellas


Keith (permit holder) and Sarah


Next morning, launching from Scout Camp, after an overnight rain and hail storm turned the waters muddy (presumed upstream blowup)


Josh in foreground


Reminder of previous fire damage


The muddy waters make it harder to read and the heavier rafts sometimes get stuck


After Rapid River RM 18.2 the waters got even browner, like chocolate!


Thru Pistol Creek Rapid RM 21.4


Pistol Creek lunch stop


Pistol Creek adds a bit of cleaner water


Pistol Creek private buildings


Water stop at Indian Creek RM 24.7


Pack Bridge


Upstream eddy at Marble Creek camp


Large camping tier


Thru Marble Creek rapid


Greg was taking group pictures at the bottom


Thru Marble Creek. V-photo2


Many of us took the downstream walk from camp to 'bucket wash' in the cleaner waters of Marble Creek


Rock dodging req'd


Rendering of photo above by budding artist Diane


Approaching the popular Sunflower Flats


Mandatory stop at Sunflower Flats hot springs


The group is off and running again


River level above MF Lodge


USGS station


MF Bridge and Lodge RM 33.3


Jackass Rapids was nothing at this level and an outfitter occupied our planned lunch stop


Arriving at Whitie Cox camp


The umbrellas are up for the morning launch


Larry, Tara, and Marlee are the last to depart Whitie Cox


Mike and Nan in foreground


Eric gets training time while Phill fishes


Phill catches a fish


Looking at Big Loon ranch


Big Loon merges with the MF


Verification photo


Big Loon add more mud to the waters that had started to clear a bit


Looking up Big Loon and wading to cool off as well


Downstream from Big Loon


Possible pictographs?


Hospital Bar hot spring, the last one the MF


Rugged terrain


Nearing Tappan area


Tappan Falls in the distance. Most boats have cleared


Approaching Tappan Falls


Tappan Falls V-photo2


Tom and Lindsey, and Bill G. and Molly wait for the last boats to clear


Waiting for last boats


The river gods took a bit of Phill's oar. We are surfing in the same hole below Tappan Falls


Eric and Phill


Hands free surfin'


Just below


Nearer...


Greg below Tappan Falls


Johnnie Walker camp


Why a fire when it's still 90 degree?


Ralph does the nightly paper plate and garbage burn


Did a little tarp drying from the 1st night usage at Scout


Off and rowing again


More scenery


Looking back at Johnnie Walker camp


Verification #2


closeup


Molly


Pictograph site


Below Flying B Ranch. Got water and ice cream. Didn't like the T-shirt selection


Getting bounced around....


Rattlesnake cave


Rattlesnake cave #2


Morning at Survey Creek camp after brief shower, then the heat returns


Survey Creek bench from the boat


Tom and Lindsey rerigging


Ralph readies to leave


Bighorn sheep


Waterfalls Creek


Waterfalls Creek #2


Waterfalls Creek #3


Bridge closeup


Waterfalls closeup


Helfrich sweep boat (huge outfitter gear hauler)


Bill G. fishing


Shaded lunch area


Lunch at Elk Bar camp


Lunchtime pictographs and skeletons


Greg does some spelunking


Veil Falls approach


Veil Falls


Some took the hike; some who had done it many times opted out


More fishing


Not much water this time of the year


Migrating spray


Porcupine Rapids


Fun rapid


Fun rapid #2


Mist Falls below Weber and Redside


Floating along


Mist Falls closeup


Approaching Papoose Creek


Papoose Creek closeup


Parrot Cabin RM 87.9


Parrot Grotto


Group viewing


Top section


Mid section


Enjoying Parrot Grotto


Back to parking spot for grotto side hike


Otter Bar camp


Evening


Last evening camp


Getting ready for an 8am launch to beat the congestion at the Cache Bar takeout


Launching before the sun hits seems unusual


A little sunshine going into Rubber Rapid


Main Salmon in the distance, and the access road


Looking back to the confluence


Main Salmon scenery


Stoddard Pack Bridge


Looking back at the last of the rapids - Cramer Creek was probably the toughest of the trip. As a pleasant end the congestion at Cache Bar takeout was minimal. We were on the road out by 12 noon. Fun trip.....


This year's T-shirt from the North Fork ID stop, as well as some excellent huckleberry ice cream


USGS Stage at 07/02/2013 12:00 MDT 2.46'
07/08/2013 12:00 MDT 2.23'


USGS Flow at 07/02/2013 12:00 MDT 1,440 CFS
07/08/2013 12:00 MDT 1,180 CFS


    Credits:
  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)
  2. Nikon Coolpix AW100 or D200 Digital Photography by Greg Dorland
  3. More trip pictures: Link 1 or Link 2 or Link 3

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