July 31, 2008

Rec Report: Things to Know Before You Head Out

By The Idaho Statesman, Boise

Jul. 31--Blowouts create new Middle Fork Rapids

Heavy thunderstorms earlier this week along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River sent a bunch of debris crashing down several tributary streams, creating three new rapids on the wilderness river.

The U.S. Forest Service says the river is still open, but floaters should scout the new rapids.

--At mile 13.1, just downriver from Sheepeater Camp, an unnamed creek on river right flooded and the river is backed up, forming a new rapid. Parties should stop at Sheepeater Camp to scout the new rapid.

--At mile 16.0, downriver from Greyhound Camp, a debris flow from Greyhound Creek on river right has backed up the river, forming a new rapid and flooding Greyhound Camp. The camp is not useable. Parties should stop at Johns Camp or in the eddy immediately below to scout.

--At mile 58.5, about a half-mile below Tappan Falls, Cove Creek on river right near the Tappan III rapids blew out, damming most of the river. Tappan II rapids, just upstream from the new rapid, is completely submerged. Parties should stop before Tappan Falls to scout. The debris flow coming out of Cove Creek also destroyed about 40 to 50 feet of the Middle Fork trail.

Rangers at the Boundary Creek launch have more details on the new rapids.

Out and about


Apply for second drawing: The application period for the second deer, elk and pronghorn controlled hunts runs from Tuesday to Aug. 15. The second drawing will be Aug. 20.

Any remaining permits will go on sale Aug. 25. Hunters who didn't draw controlled hunt permits in the first round can apply. The application fee is $6.25.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is urging hunters to pick up their controlled hunt permits and tags to avoid the last-minute rush of the Aug. 1 deadline.

Hunters can pick up permits and tags at any license vendor, online at fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/licenses, or by calling (800) 554-8685.


Sawtooth update: The snow level is receding in the high country, and here are some updates for the Sawtooths:

--Grandjean to Fern Falls trail is passable to hikers. Downfall at about three miles. Stock not recommended because of the number of trees on the trail.

--Little Boulder to Boulder Chain Lakes has trees down on the trail, but people can step over them. Stock may have more trouble with the downed trees.

--Fishhook Creek to Marshal Lake trail has blow-downs, but is passable for hikers and stock.

--Alice Lake to Barron Lakes has snow on the Barron side of the switchbacks. Walking aids are advised. camping

Cottonwood campground to close: Idaho Power will close the Cottonwood Campground on Monday for major renovations as part of Idaho Power's relicensing of the C.J. Strike hydroelectric project. The park will be closed for about two months. The renovation will involve between 35 and 40 campsites and group camping areas. Two vault toilets, a 40-foot-wide boat ramp, piers in the marina, boat docks and a day-use area will be added. Other campgrounds at the reservoir will remain open. For information go to www.idahopower.com, or call (208) 388-6492.

Ask Fish & Game

Q: Where can I get a federal duck stamp for this fall?

A: Duck stamps are no longer available directly from Fish and Game. They are available at U.S. post offices, and they can be ordered by buying a receipt good for 45 days from Fish and Game offices and license vendors or on the Internet at id.outdoorcentral.us.

People who are 16 or older who hunt migratory game birds such as ducks, geese or brant, must have a valid Federal Migratory Bird Stamp in their possession, signed in ink by the holder.

The stamp costs $15 and is in effect from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009.


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