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Fri., Jan. 28, 2011, 7:06 a.m.

Last call to apply for Idaho’s “Big 4” rivers


River rafting on the Salmon River is not all white water. There are calm stretches of water where floaters can kick back and relax. 
 (Mike Brodwater / The Spokesman-Review)
River rafting on the Salmon River is not all white water. There are calm stretches of water where floaters can kick back and relax. (Mike Brodwater / The Spokesman-Review)

RIVER RUNNING -- Applications to get coveted permits for floating the Selway, Snake, Middle Fork of the Salmon, or wild main Salmon rivers for this coming season must be submitted online by Monday.

The shift by the Forest Service to online applications includes a few other new twists:

  • Reservations will be accepted only at the national public lands recreation website: recreation.gov.
  • Each applicant must have a unique e-mail address to create an online profile.

Officials say the new system will be faster and allow applicants to file for more launch options. Safety alerts and notices can be sent to river permit holders as their trips draw near.

Boaters also can use the Forest Service website to make reservations for preseason and postseason launches for the Middle Fork and wild main Salmon rivers.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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