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The Salmon is usually an early spring trip, but warm weather and snow melt gave us the opportunity for a late December run. The gauge was iced up, but we estimated that the river was around 1,000 cfs. At this level, most of the rocks were buried and there were long wave trains that were a blast to ride. The minimum for a whitewater run is 500 to 600 cfs. The Salmon is also a great river for canoe poling at lower levels.
We put-in on the Jeremy River just south of Route 2 on Route 149. This adds about a mile of nice class II rapids to the trip, but requires a tough portage around an un-runnable dam.
The toughest rapid on the river is a broken dam just upstream from the covered bridge at Route 16. This rapid consists of 3 drops - each around 2 feet. The usual route is through a slot on river right. You can scout the dam from river right.
To put-in on the Jeremy River - back track on Route 16 and Route 149. There is a parking lot on the left just before you reach Route 2.
To put-in on the Blackledge River - back track on Route 16 and route 149. Take a left on River Road. Put-in is about 1 1/2 miles at the River Road bridge.
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