Join us for a Salmon River rafting adventure and experience the largest undammed river in the American West. We float the Salmon river's lower reaches, where the river flows through four spectacular wilderness canyons.
The rapids are superb, especially at high water, and many consider this to be our most exciting multi-day whitewater rafting trip. Yet the rapids, while big, are forgiving. So this is an ideal place to join a paddle team, learn to row, or try an inflatable kayak.
Our Salmon River whitewater trips feature powerful rapids and large roller coaster waves. But these aren't the only attractions. Majestic rock-walled canyons, deep blue skies and starry nights, the most beautiful white sand river beaches you will find anywhere, and fabulous swimming in warm, crystalline pools combine to make this a classic trip, especially for families.
Our first day begins with mild rapids which are ideal for a warm up, especially for those learning to row or to paddle an inflatable kayak. Over the course of the next several days we'll encounter numerous exciting rapids. The rapids are friendly, but they're large at most flows, too: big, rolling rapids with towering waves.
Demons Drop, Half and Half, Lorna's Lulu, Snow Hole, and China are a few of the more exciting drops. At midsummer flows most of the rapids are rated class III with one or two class IV drops mixed in. However, during the first part of our July through September season - especially during heavy snowpack years - many of the rapids become class IV thrillers.
Toward the end of our journey we meet the Snake River at the edge of Hell’s Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America. We'll encounter a few rapids on the Snake, but for the most part this leg of our journey is placid. For this reason we'll lash our boats together to form a group "barge" which the guides will maneuver downstream with the aid of a small outboard motor. This last leg of our adventure presents us with a great opportunities to unwind, socialize, watch for golden eagles and bighorn sheep, and gaze up at the Snake's soaring canyon walls.