If the measure of a place is the people who hold it dear, the South Fork of the Salmon River has passion, integrity and depth in spades.
With an open-pit mine threatening the South Fork and its upper tributaries, the following people from around the country--people who live in Idaho or travel here to spend time and money to appreciate its wonders--want to share passion for this special place.
If you find the thoughts and images here inspiring, you can scroll to the bottom of the page to read long form personal essays from several of the people featured (coming soon). You can also submit your own South Salmon story by jotting some thoughts down and sending them and a photo of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Also, click here to read about the South Fork's Monday, April 10, designation as one of America's Most Endangered Rivers.)
“I had done several Main Salmon runs while growing up and had always floated by the south fork with wonder. The Main Salmon guides had told me that the South Fork was substantially more difficult and was big with the kayakers. I had to know what was up that valley. Where had that water come from? What had it been through? My wonder and imagination went wild. Years passed before I returned to the Idaho area … The river was truly magnificent. Something about being in that majestic river valley with nothing but my kayak and gear made for some of the best summer days of my life.”
-Colby Bishop, Seattle, Wash.
“If I had to describe Idaho’s South Fork of the Salmon in one phrase, I’d call it the rowdy cousin to its more famous and beloved drainage to the east, the Middle Fork.”
- Claire Cripps and Braden Gunem, Ketchum, Idaho