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Ready to dive into the natural wonders of the Lower Salmon River? Located in the spectacular depths of Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America, your adventure begins in Lewiston, Idaho. This historic city, where major rivers meet, has been a pivotal cultural site for over 2,500 years, with a rich history of Native American heritage.


Visitors to this area are drawn to the array of outdoor activities available, from thrilling river rafting to peaceful hikes along the riverbanks. Whether you’re here to test the rapids or soak up the serene landscape, the Lower Salmon River offers a perfect blend of excitement and natural beauty.



Extend your adventure beyond the river with a range of activities that showcase the natural beauty and historical richness of the Lower Salmon River area, such as local museums, hiking scenic trails, or enjoying other outdoor pursuits.

  • Nez Perce National Historical Park: Dive into the rich history and culture of the Nez Perce people. This park features a variety of sites spread across beautiful landscapes, perfect for educational outings and scenic drives.
  • Hells Gate State Park: Ideal for families and outdoor enthusiasts, this state park offers boating, fishing, and hiking opportunities, with stunning views of Hells Canyon.
  • Lewis-Clark Center for Arts & History: Engage with local art and history through the center’s exhibits and events. It’s a cultural hub that provides insights into the region’s artistic landscape.


Discover a variety of accommodations near the Lower Salmon River, perfect for enhancing your rafting adventure. From convenient city hotels in Lewiston and Clarkston to charming riverside lodges along the Snake River, there’s a place for everyone to unwind and recharge.

  • Hells Canyon Grand Hotel, Lewiston: Conveniently located at our rafting trip meeting point, this hotel provides plush accommodations with modern amenities.
  • River Dance Lodge, on the Clearwater River: Choose a rustic, luxurious cabin experience in a tranquil setting, ideal for those seeking solitude and natural beauty.



After a day on the river, enjoy a diverse range of dining options in Lewiston and Clarkston, where the culinary scene offers everything from local flavors to international cuisine. Whether you’re craving a hearty meal or a light bite, these cities have something to satisfy every appetite.

  • Meriwether’s Bistro: Located inside the Hells Canyon Grand Hotel, this bistro serves up American classics with a modern twist, perfect for a relaxing meal in a stylish setting.
  • Thai Taste Restaurant: For those in the mood for exotic flavors, Thai Taste offers a wide array of authentic Thai dishes, from spicy curries to fresh spring rolls, all made with traditional ingredients.
  • Tapped Taphouse & Kitchen: A great spot for craft beer enthusiasts and foodies alike, Tapped features a menu of upscale pub fare paired with an impressive selection of local and regional beers.

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