The dam was constructed at the juncture of the Salmon and Yankee Fork rivers in May of 1910 by the Sunbeam Consolidated Gold Mines Company to provide power for a mining operation thirteen miles up the Yankee Fork river. Less than a year later, SCGMC went out of business and the dam never again produced power.
The dam seriously changed the character of the rivers in the area...gone were the raging whitewater rapids and the dam was somewhat of an impediment to Sockeye Salmon attempting to return from the Pacific Ocean to nearby Redfish Lake, especially after fish ladders at the damn fell apart. In 1934, Idaho Fish and Game dynamited the bank next to the dam to clear passage for the fish and return the waters to their natural state.
Sockeye Salmon travel more than 900 miles and climb 6,800' during their journey back to Redfish Lake.
Lastly, our campsite was two miles downstream from here.
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