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Idaho: Expect a Lot of Logs in the Middle Fork Salmon Next Year


By Zimo – Idaho Statesman Edition Date: 10/03/07 Forest fires burned along the Main Salmon and the Middle Fork of the Salmon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness this summer, and whitewater rafters should see evidence of that when they start floating the rivers next May.

Whitewater boater Scott Elder saw the effects of the fires on a recent Middle Fork trip. “We just finished a lower Middle Fork of the Salmon River trip this past week and saw a fair amount of wood in the water,” Elder said this week.
“Some of it still smoking,” he said.
The U.S. Forest Service told Elder that there are over 100 trees in the water from Boundary Creek, the launch site on the river, down to Thomas Creek.
Boaters will probably see more mudslides and logjams next year.
“Just a word of warning for those boaters who are going to venture out there next May,” said Elder, “Be prepared for wood and possible portages.”

U.S. Forest Service will not clear logjam


April 30 — Zimo: By Zimo – Idaho Statesman Edition Date: 04/30/07
It doesn’t sound like the U.S. Forest Service will be going into the Middle Fork of the Salmon River to clear logjams. At least that’s the most recent news from the agency.

The Forest Service issued a press release saying that the Salmon-Challis National Forest will not be clearing obstacles from the rivers in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to assure passage for boaters.
“It’s springtime on the rivers of Central Idaho, including the Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Main Salmon River. The Salmon-Challis National Forest has been getting reports from boaters that there are pileups of logs and debris in the Middle Fork,” the agency said.
Last week the Idaho Statesman broke the news that there was a logjam at Pistol Creek Rapids again. It was in the same spot as a logjam last summer, which stranded hundreds of boaters. The Forest Service blasted that logjam.
“It is important to remember that the Middle Fork is within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and is designated a Wild River under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. What that means is that the Forest Service is obligated to manage the Middle Fork for its wild character,” the agency said.
“It is the responsibility of every boater to be aware of conditions on the rivers and take appropriate precautions including being heads-up and scouting the rivers. It may mean portaging or lining your boats around hazards,” the Forest Service said.
From the photos of the Pistol Creek logjam last week, portaging and lining boats is going to be a pretty difficult job.