NORTH FORK, IDAHO –The Stoddard Pack Bridge has collapsed and is no longer serviceable to the public. The Salmon-Challis National Forest Engineering and Safety personnel are assessing the site today. The exact cause of the collapse is unknown at this time, but there is indication that a rock or debris slide may have been the cause.
The Stoddard Bridge spanned the Salmon River and is located approximately 38 miles west of North Fork, adjacent to the Salmon River Road (#030), just downstream of the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon River and the Salmon River. The bridge is an important access point for stock and hikers into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area. River users need to be aware of possible debris and cables in the river channel and the public should avoid the area as currently conditions are hazardous.
At this time, it is unknown when the bridge will be considered for re-construction. “It is unfortunate that this has happened and it’s a great loss. The Stoddard Pack Bridge provides important access into the wilderness for many recreationists including hunters, fishers, and hikers” said Ken Gebhardt, North Fork District Ranger.
For additional information, please contact the North Fork Ranger District at 208-865-2731.