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Salmon, Steelhead & Our Idaho Rivers

Idaho has the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 and 3,100 miles of rivers, more than any other state in the country. At 7,900 feet in some places, Idaho’s Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge in the United Stated, even deeper than the Grand Canyon. Other more popularly known rivers include the Salmon, Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe, Clearwater, Bruneau and Kootenay.

Synonymous with Idaho rivers are the fish. The average Idaho rainbow trout is around 10-14 inches. Steelhead, found mostly in the Clearwater River system, can always be found in the Salmon and Snake rivers and average from 23 to 34 inches. An average of 141,000 steelhead return to Idaho rivers annually. Chinook Salmon, averaging 12 to 15 pounds, return to Idaho rivers to the tune of around 134,000 fish annually.

In a state with a population density of roughly 20 people per square mile and covered in so much water and wilderness, it is no surprise there is a strong community surrounding these things. Naturally, diversity exists in this community, but river and fish are prolific themes, and many people’s livelihoods and passions.

This year, in an effort to continue to feed and build that community, the Idaho River Rendezvous convened for a fifth year in Cascade, Idaho. The focus was on Salmon, Steelhead and our Idaho rivers. River lovers, recreationist and professionals gathered together to learn, grow and celebrate Idaho rivers and the fish that need them. The weekend was robust, offering workshops on flyfishing, steelheading, packing horses for river users, tips for boating internationally and more. As well as seminars on public land transfer, the history, status and recovery of wild Chinook salmon, and tribal interpretations of salmon and steelhead to name a few.

The rendezvous saw its largest attendance yet while organizations and outfitters from across the state joined to support the event. Each year the community connections grow, the camaraderie’s deepen and Idaho Rivers see another year of renewed love and support.

“The song of the river ends not at her banks but in the hearts of those who have loved her.” — Buffalo Joe

To learn more about the Idaho River Rendezvous, visit us online.