A casual observer might think there are only miles and miles of sagebrush plains in the high desert of the “Borderlands”. But hidden in the vast country are incredible canyons like those sculpted by the Jarbidge and Bruneau Rivers. And further east is another scenic desert canyon carved by Salmon Falls Creek. The creek flows from Nevada into Idaho and the Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir.
The stretch of Salmon Falls Creek that begins just outside Jackpot, Nevada and flows into the backwaters of the reservoir is a great one or two day trip for canoeists. The put-in for the seven mile trip is just off the highway, but once you’re on the water you quickly leave civilization behind. A couple of boaters who run River Rats White Water Toys in Twin Falls think the two state float is a great getaway.
“It’s still kind of remote and wilderness and yet it’s so close it’s like right out your back door. You start a mile from Jackpot where all the lights and almost like being in a metropolis or something and yet you’ve got this wilderness and it’s quite inaccessible as you noticed today.
--Dennis Pettygrove, canoeist--
“The canyon is really pretty. I like the fact that usually when we’re here we’re not here with a lot of people. We’re usually the only group canoeing it on the trip. It’s kind of remote. It’s off the beaten path. There’s no road to intrude. I like that a lot.
I like just a good day out on the water, get some good exercise and get away from everything else...
--Tony Tucker, canoeist--