fish.trapBoaters using Marsh Creek for spring access to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River need to be aware that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has installed a fish trap in Marsh Creek about 1.5 miles downstream from the launch at the bridge just off Highway 21.

Boaters sometimes use Marsh Creek to access the Middle Fork of the Salmon River instead offlying into a wilderness airstrip when the road to the Boundary Creek launch site is still blocked by snow. On May 6th, Fish and Game shifted the trap to allow more room for spring boaters.

Be aware there is an anchor cable across the creek about 10 feet above the water, and guy wires attached to the fish trap that allow it to be shifted in the current or to either side. The approach to the trap does not have any eddies for boaters to pull into. The Fish and Game has installed signs to help warn boaters about this new fish trap. The trap was installed in late March as part of an ongoing 20 year study of juvenile migratory fish moving downstream in Marsh Creek. A similar trap, located in Marsh Creek just upstream from the mouth of Cape Horn Creek, will continue trapping juvenile fish until 2014.

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jet boat on the rocksA Jet Boater took the name to the extreme at Go Left on the Main Payette. All the way left and up on the rocks. No injuries and only minor damage to the boat.

By the Missoulian | Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:15 pm  taken from the Missoulian.

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A 35-year-old Wisconsin man has drowned while rafting on the Lochsa River in north-central Idaho.

Randy A. Eroen, of Sun Prairie, Wisc., died Saturday afternoon after the raft he was in hit a rapid and all four occupants fell into the Lochsa.

Two of the rafters were able to get back into the raft and one was able to swim to shore, according to a news release Tuesday from Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings.

One of two kayakers who were

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Canadian petroleum giant Imperial Oil efforts to send more than 200 oversized truckloads of South Korean-built oil-sands equipment along highway 12 and the Lochsa River in Idaho en route to a massive open-pit bitumen operation in northern Alberta. Opponents have argued that the proposed nighttime movements pose serious safety hazards and unreasonable inconvenience for area residents.

U.S. critics of the transport project have also claimed that the Alberta tar-sands project could transform a scenic region of Idaho into a tourism-killing “industrial corridor.

 

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In 2001 a massive landslide rolled down the canyon wall on the South Fork Payette and changed the river forever. Or at least a couple weeks. Most of the debris ended up right on top of the Idaho Icon, Staircase Rapid. It damed the road, cut Garden Valley off from shopping at Costco and made a giant of the famous rapid.

The natural dam forced the river against the left bank. The whale rocks were completley covered with mud and debris. Birthday Hole and the rest of the riverbed for miles downstream were covered by a thick layer of mud and cobble.

It took a massive effort to open the road. Part of that effort involved undaming the South Fork. The Army Corp of Engineers parked a giant Trackhoe in the middle of the river for a week and cleaned out the river bed. Not wanting to change nature (too much) they tried to put it all back together again. They took the trackhoe and dug out the center channel and placed the rocks, those that they could move, into some semblance of their previous position. The photos of the trackhoe in the river are on the wall of the Garden Valley Post office.

 

The result is Staircase in its present form is a less than natural rapid. Staircase has been altered by a natural disaster and then by the Army Corp of Engineers. In the photo (thanks James McNamara) of Staircase taken the day after the flood, Deans Rock is in place. It's unlikely that the landslide altered the farside of the riverbank.

There is far more at stake here than just

Read more: Rock Removal at Staircase

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Beehive Bend Drying Pad Project
The work on the expanded concrete pad at Beehive Bend was completed with funds from the Idaho Department of Commerce and the Idaho Wild Rivers License Plate Fund.
Expanded Drying pad for Rafts -- 1200 sq. ft. added.
Rock Removal from the boat Ramp
Expanded take-out area
American Disabilities Act Ramp improvement.
Thanks to Everyone who participated
Volunteers Howard Miller IWA and Grant Amaral kayakidaho.com
Cement finishing:. John Miller and Refugio Fulano
Idaho Whitewater Assn. support and direction
Additional help and support:
TJ Clifford USFS
Lydia Delaney USFS
Deborah Evans BLM
Marjorie McViegh USFS
Mitch Knothe Idaho Department of Commerce
September 14, 2010

The work on the expanded concrete pad at Beehive Bend was completed with funds from the Idaho Department of Commerce and the Idaho Wild Rivers License Plate Fund.
  • Expanded Drying pad for Rafts -- 1200 sq. ft. added.
  • Rock Removal from the boat Ramp
  • Expanded take-out area
  • American Disabilities Act Ramp improvement.
Thanks to Everyone who participated ...

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USGS StreaMail - Background Information

The USGS StreaMail system provides a method for you to query a USGS gaging site via email, cell phone (via email or text messaging), or handheld device, such as a Blackberry, for gage height and streamflow. You send your request to StreaMail and in a few minutes you should get a reply showing river stage and streamflow.

You can use StreaMail by using either email or cell-phone text messaging.

Important disclaimer: StreaMail is a "beta" product and is not meant to be used in emergency situations. Currently, there can be up to a 5-minute delay before you receive a return message from StreaMail.

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One of the wettest springs in history saved river runners in Idaho from a bleak spring runoff and brought rivers to record flows across the state.


Screaming Left Turn ~ 8000 cfs
North Fork Payette, ID, June 2010


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Potential Whitewater Release Days and Times
Within the whitewater boater season, April 1 through July 15. 2010 all Saturdays and Sundays are potentially available for whitewater releases with the exception of the Memorial Day weekend and Idaho’s Free Fishing Day.

Read more: Bear River Release Schedule 2010

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