6 Day Salmon River Wilderness Rafting Trip (August – September)

6-Day / 5-Night Salmon River Wilderness Rafting Trip
  • When: ANNUALLY – July 9-14, 17-22, 25-30, August 2-7, 10-15, 18-23, 26-31, September 3-8
  • Where: Main Salmon River, Corn Creek to Carey Creek
  • Trip Length: Approximately 82 Miles over 6 Days
  • Class/Level: Class III – IV depending on water levels
  • Orientation: 7:00 pm the day prior to launch at Idaho Adventures’ Headquarters
  • Departing Time: 8:00 am
  • Ending Time: 4:00 pm
  • Take-Out: Approximately 2:00 pm on day 6
  • Time on Water: On average 5 to 7 hours daily
  • Meals & Beverages: Included
  • Camping: Camping is inclusive for 5 nights
  • Age Restrictions: 6+- years of age depending on water flow
  • Cost: Adults $1,825.00 / Youth 16 and younger $1,525.00

*Discounts for groups 8+: 2.9%off per person
*Discounts for groups 16+: 4.4% off per person
*Discounts for groups 20: 5.9% off per person
Maximum Group: 24 people

Explore the backcountry of Idaho on this 82 mile river rafting adventure through the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness.

 6-Day / 5-Night Salmon River Rafting Wilderness Trip

This whitewater rafting trip is the same as the 5-day / 4-night trip with the addition offering one more day of infusion of outdoor therapy!


Prepare yourself for a healthy infusion of outdoor therapy

This 6-day / 5-night whitewater rafting trip offers a great opportunity to do a little soul searching and re-energize away from the ‘real world’. Experience the excitement of Mother Nature and delicious healthful cuisine, complete with a chance to relax, revive, and reconnect with yourself and those you love. Combine that with exhilarating whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, exploring  and genuine western hospitality, and you’ve got a journey to remember.

Free flowing through the second deepest gorge in North America and the LARGEST federally designated wilderness in the lower 48, this 5-Day, 82-mile journey is one to put on ‘life list’.

Trip Includes:

  • Talented, experienced guides will do the rowing as they share local river knowledge, folklore, and wildlife information so you can immerse yourself in all the wonders of nature surrounding you.
  • Plunge through exhilarating class II – IV white water rapids relaxing in our expertly guided oar boats or for an exhilarating challenge run some of the rapids in an inflatable kayak!
  • All meals, specially designed for hungry discriminating travelers, snacks and beverages while on the river. Savor amazing fireside grilling and Dutch oven baked breads, desserts and more…
  • Wonderful Idaho wines, carefully paired with our gourmet river cuisine.
  • Camping includes all gear (nice tents, freshly laundered sleeping bags and pillows, etc.).
  • Big clean sandy beaches and warm water providing great fun for all!
  • Impressive combination of native birds, fish and wildlife
  • NO MOSQUITOES – honestly!
  • Fishing at camp, fly or spin, cutthroat, bass, rainbows, and sturgeon. We can also provide fly casting instruction by our highly skilled, licensed and bonded guides. Instruction and gear available upon request.
  • SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) & Paddle Rafts are also available for this trip. Depending on your group’s interest, these are additional fun water activities to take part in during the trip.
  • Transportation Provided from Salmon to McCall  (Salmon, Idaho to put-in at Corn Creek to take-out at Carey Creek, and onto final destination of McCall. Idaho). Our office staff will gladly help provide transportation logistics that best suits your needs.

Salmon River “River of No Return”

Free flowing through the second deepest gorge in North America (even deeper than the Grand Canyon), Idaho’s 450 miles of Salmon River accesses the most pristine and untouched terrain in the US. The Salmon River slices through unspoiled solitude of a 2.3 million acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, unlike any other!

The Perfect Vacation!

The Main Stem of the Salmon River is famous for large, clean sandy beaches for camping and river games. The Salmon River also has warmer water than most rivers in the northwest and is great for swimming (76+ degrees during the summer), cutthroat trout, bass and sturgeon fishing. Best of all the Salmon River has extremely fun whitewater, and the best hot spring in the Pacific Northwest.
Unlike any other river the Salmon River displays all these characteristics plus it has recently become famous as the best stand up paddleboard (SUP) river trip in the world for its warm water and fun and safe wave-train rapids and no mosquitos! Honestly!

Salmon River History

Often called the “River of No Return”, the Salmon River is full of historic miner and homestead cabins, along with “Sheepeater”, Shoshone, Bannock and Nez Pierce Indian tribe’s pictographs and pit houses. The early river runners called the Salmon River the “River of No Return” because the wooden scows run in the early 20th century were scrapped at the end of their journey and used to build many of the cabins and outhouses in the lower canyon. But the truth be told the Salmon is in fact a river you’ll want to return to time and time again, and not want to return home at the end of your adventure.


Itinerary – 6-Day / 5-Night Salmon River Wilderness Trip

Annually – July 9-14, 17-22, 25-30, August 2-7, 10-15, 18-23, 26-31, September 3-8

Pre-Trip, Welcome to Salmon, Idaho, known for its friendly and warm western hospitality!

Please arrive in Salmon, Idaho the night before the trip begins. Salmon is a 5-hour drive (1 hour flight) from Boise and a 3-hour drive from Missoula. We have a pre-trip orientation at Idaho Adventures’ headquarters, conveniently located next to both the Stagecoach Inn (208.756.2919), and the Salmon River (Super 8) Motel (208.756.8880) at 7:00pm the evening before the trip begins. We will get acquainted, answer any last minute questions, and have a short orientation to show you how to pack the waterproof gear bags which we provide for your personal gear.
Pre-Trip Lodging in Salmon is arranged on your own, but we are here to help!

DAY 1, Plunging back in time!

We meet at Idaho Adventures’ Headquarters at 7:30am to load your gear and park your vehicle at our office. Free parking is provided. We then depart for a 2-hour van or bus ride to the Corn Creek, the put-in. We may stop after 25 minutes to get any last minute items (fishing licenses, beer, sunscreen etc.) at the North Fork Store. Upon launching our rafts at Corn Creek we begin our 82 mile river journey into the pristine Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. We will encounter Killum, Gun Barrel and Alder rapids today, which are all fun class III wave trains. This river calls to adventure seekers, who can choose between the paddle raft, inflatable kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. Or you can lounge comfortably on our oar rafts and enjoy the beautiful scenery and river history shared by your professional guide. The fishing is excellent for novice and experienced anglers alike. The warm air and water temperatures encourage frequent refreshing dips in the river and we often find guests in calm sections floating next to the rafts. Evenings are filled with river folklore, beach games, fishing, Dutch oven and fireside river cuisine, and star gazing.

Days 2 – 5, River time!

Each day brings new discoveries: exciting rapids like Black Creek, Bailey, 5 Mile, Split Rock, Big Mallard, Elkhorn and Growler rapids, historical sites such as Buckskin Bill’s homestead and Jim Moore’s place (maybe you’ll find the fortune he buried in the hillside!), and the much anticipated Barth Hot Springs. Visit Barth Hot Springs, known as the best hot spring in the Pacific Northwest.
We often stop and visit with several of our friends living off the grid in the river canyon along with stops to tour old historic homesteads. Some of our longtime friends that we may visit include Sue and Greg Metz at Yellow Pine homestead, Doug and Phyllis Tims at the Campbell’s Ferry homestead, and our wild friends Heinz and Barbara at Five Mile Bar. Historic homesteads include; one of the river’s most famous resident “Buckskin Bill”, the incredibly hard working entrepreneur Jim Moore and the colorful and much adored Poly Bemis. There are abundant hiking and fishing options including a hike to view a rare 2,000 year old Yew trees, also called the immortal tree, with its’ exposed scaring from past Native Americans who removed wood strips in order to construct their longbows.

DAY 6, Farewells until we float again!

We float for 5-14 miles this morning and run challenging rapids like Chittam and Vinegar Creek and arrive at the take-out at Carey Creek around 11:30 am, where we will have a nice lunch and you will say farewell to your beloved guides. Your post trip logistics will all be pre-arranged with our professional staff at Idaho Adventures. See trip planning information for more details.

Sample Menu

Day 1
Lunch: Turkey Wraps with fresh chocolate chip cookies
Appetizer: Smoked Wild Duck
Idaho Wine:
Dinner: Glazed Wild Alaskan Salmon fillets, wild rice pilaf, sautéed broccoli with dilly beer bread.
Dessert: Dutch Oven Blackberry Cobbler

Day 2
Breakfast: Boysenberry/Cream cheese stuffed French Toast, served with bacon, fresh fruit, eggs cooked to order, coffee and juice.
Lunch: Black forest ham hoagies, apples, fresh Oatmeal raisin cookies.
Appetizer: Sundried tomato pesto spread with baguette slices and pickled asparagus.
Idaho Wine:
Dinner: Maple glazed sage rubbed Pork Chops, paired with coleslaw, roasted new potatoes and an organic rosemary loaf.
Dessert: Dutch oven Carrot Cake

Day 3
Breakfast: Avocado Frittata, Dutch oven Coffee Cake, Chicken Apple Sausage, Honeydew & Red Grapes
Eggs, Coffee, Juice
Lunch: Taco Salad, Tortilla Rocky Road Cookies
Appetizer: Brie w/Pesto Idaho Elk Salami, Sliced Apples, Crackers, Mixed Nuts
Idaho Wine:
Dinner: Shrimp Feta Linguine Bake, Mandarin Orange Salad, Garlic Bread
Dessert: Dutch oven Rhubarb/Strawberry Crisp

Day 4
Breakfast: Dutch oven Cinnamon Rolls, Scrambled Eggs, Strawberries, Peppered Bacon
Coffee, Juice
Lunch: Roast Beef and Swiss Cheese Sandwiches
Appetizer: Smoked Idaho steelhead, red onion and capers
Idaho Wine:
Dinner: Fire Grilled Marinated Ribeye Steaks, Dutch oven Idaho Bakers, Bleu Cheese/Apple/Pecan Salad, Organic Wheat Bread
Dessert: Dutch oven Fudge brownies with chocolate sauce

Day 5
Breakfast: Idaho Basque Chorizo Breakfast Burritos
Lunch: Chicken BLT salad in Pita Bread
Dessert: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies




Planning Your Trip


Idaho Adventures will transport you to the river put-in 2 hours downriver at Corn Creek. Transportation will be provided from the take-out location of Carey Creek to McCall, ID. If you are flying air charter into Salmon, either your place of lodging or the air charter service will provide a shuttle to your accommodations.

We provide….

  • Highly competent, licensed and darn friendly guides.
  • Ground transportation to and from the river.
  • FREE Idaho Adventures personal drinking mug.
  • Waterproof river bag to store duffle of personal gear.
  • Small waterproof day bag.
  • Fresh, healthful, delicious meals beginning with lunch the first day.
  • Plenty of drinking water and ice, lemonade, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, limited supply of complimentary soda, fruit juice, beer and wine.
  • Oar boats (guide rowing) paddle boats (you help paddle w/guide on board).
  • Inflatable kayaks (water level permitting).
  • Coast Guard Approved life jackets, helmets for paddle teams and kayakers.
  • First Aid Supplies.
  • All camping equipment – tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp chairs.

You should bring….

  • Contagious enthusiasm for living every moment of your river journey
  • Good quality rain coat and rain pants (rentals available from Idaho Adventures with advance notice)
  • Wetsuit and booties for high water trips (rentals available from Idaho Adventures)
  • Polypro or fleece jacket
  • Swim suit
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Sun hat with strap to secure against wind loss
  • 2 pair shorts, 2 short sleeve shirts
  • River sandals or tennis shoes for rafting
  • Hiking / walking shoes for in camp
  • 1 pair long pants, 1 lightweight long sleeve shirt
  • Socks, underwear
  • Personal toiletries including biodegradable soap
  • Small washcloth and towel
  • Sunscreen and sunscreen lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Quart water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Camera, film
  • Prescription drugs
  • Fishing license / fishing gear, rod in hard case for those on fishing trips

Optional items to bring….

  • Hard liquor, cocktail wine, additional beer or soda (no bottled beer, please)
  • Small pillow
  • Small day or fanny pack for hiking
  • Journal
  • Binoculars

You should NOT bring….

  • Weapons
  • Boom boxes
  • Cell phones
  • Jewelry
  • Denim or heavy cottons for wearing on the water


What is the weather and water like?
The Salmon River Canyon is normally arid and warm from late May to late September with average daytime temperatures ranging from the 70’s to 90’s. Nighttime temperatures are cooler but comfortable, from the low 50’s to high 60’s. Summer water temperatures range from the 60’s to 70’s, perfect for rafting and swimming. May or early June is when river levels generally peak, but the Salmon is fed by enough tributaries to maintain a robust flow of water all summer long – even in low water years.




Choose Your Idaho River Rafting Trip

Scenic Float Trips

  • 1/2 Day Salmon River Scenic Float
  • 3/4 Day Lewis & Clark Historical Salmon River Scenic Float (includes lunch)

Main Salmon River White Water Rafting

  • 1-Day (includes lunch)
  • 2-Day / 3-Night
  • 3-Day / 4-Night

Main Salmon River Wilderness Journey

  • 5-Day / 6-Night
  • 6-Day / 7-Night

Custom Trips


6-Day / 5- Night Salmon River Wilderness Trip

Annually – July 9-14, 17-22, 25-30, August 2-7, 10-15, 18-23, 26-31, September 3-8

Price Per Adult: $1825
Price Per Youth: $1525 for ages 16 and younger
*Discounts for groups 8+: 2.9%off per person
*Discounts for groups 16+: 4.4% off per person
*Discounts for groups 20: 5.9% off per person
Maximum Group = 24 people

*We will honor group discount prior to balance due. In other words if you book 7 people and prior to balance due date and you get an 8th person booked.We will honor the 8 person group of $50 off per person.

River rafting
5 nights camping
All camping gear
Healthy gourmet river cuisine
Beverages including limited supply of beer and Idaho wine
Free use of inflatable kayak or paddle board
Friendly guides

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