Salmon River District Ranger Jeff Shinn states, “I know this will be an adjustment for people but the new reservation system will provide a more efficient and equitable opportunity for private power boaters to obtain permits for the Main Salmon Wild and Scenic River. We will be providing tools and will be available to help folks through this transition; additionally it will help focus our efforts in providing other goods and services for river users.”
The details of the private powerboat permits, such as number of permits, season of use, etc. will not be changing, only the tool used to obtain a permit. The online reservation system will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which will allow users to check for cancellations at any time that is convenient for them. The public will also have access to a well-informed call center and Salmon River Ranger District personnel if they need assistance with the website or do not have access to a computer. The powerboat reservations will apply year-round.
Please continue to visit the Forest Service office in White Bird, Idaho, where staff will continue to assist with travel plans into the beautiful and unique Main Salmon Wild and Scenic River.
If you have any questions about the new permit system to be implemented in 2015, please call Jeremy Harris at 208-983-4047 or 208-839-2211.