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Beginning high in Idaho's rugged Sawtooth Mountains, the Main Salmon River cascades down to rural Salmon, Idaho with enough volume to entertain recreational day-trippers, then charges directly west, gathering mass from the Middle Fork, and there begins the 5 day expedition through the Frank Church - River of no Return Wilderness - the largest roadless wilderness in the lower 48 States. Though the "Main" section terminates at Carey Creek, the Salmon River continues through the canyons of the lower Salmon River before reaching the Snake River. The Salmon begins and ends within the same state, but drains 14,000 square miles, travels 425 miles, and drops more than 7,000 vertical feet.