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