Enjoy six days of world-class rafting on Idaho's Salmon River, plus hiking and fly fishing. Along the way your top guides provide in-depth knowledge on the region's cultural and geologic history, ensure delicious dinners, and set up your deluxe campsite each night!

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Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

8 days from $3,395

Enjoy six days of world-class rafting on Idaho's Salmon River, plus hiking and fly fishing. Along the way your top guides provide in-depth knowledge on the region's cultural and geologic history, ensure delicious dinners, and set up your deluxe campsite each night!

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Overview

Take one of the top whitewater rafting trips in the world, covering more than 100 rapids over 100 miles with expert raft guides. Each day you can ride the oar boat or get wet with a team of paddlers—each an exhilarating experience. Go hiking and swimming, relax in natural hot springs, and even try the art of fly fishing. Learn about Idaho’s cultural and geologic history from your experts, who also provide delicious dinners and set up your deluxe campsite each night. (Daily river rafting 6 to 7 hours).

Highlights Include:

  • Rafting: Enjoy six days of world-class rafting and floating on the world-famous Salmon River, featuring Class II and III rapids.
  • Local History: Learn about the region's Native American heritage and the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from a local expert.
  • Hiking and Fishing: Strap on your hiking boots to explore this incredible landscape by foot or try your hand at fly fishing with the support of a professional fishing guide, learning as you go.
  • Relax and Enjoy: Your friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable river crew takes care of all the details each night at camp, from delicious meals and campfires to setting up your tent. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive in Boise, Idaho

Arrive in Boise, Idaho at your leisure today. Meet your guide and fellow travelers at the hotel late this afternoon for a pre-trip orientation and dinner. (D)

Day 2 — On the River

This morning, transfer to the airport for a scenic flight over the Sawtooth Range and into the Frank Church−River of No Return Wilderness. Upon arrival at your put-in point at Indian Creek you'll meet your river guides and friendly crew. From here, each day along the river will be up to you to select your boating experience for the day. Choose to enjoy the scenery in the oar boat and leave the rowing to your guide or take a more active role paddling through the rapids under a guide’s captainship. Each day is a new adventure!

Head out on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, where you'll navigate Class II and III rapdis (and sometimes Class IV depending on the year and snowpack!) between steeply wooded banks, striped with traces of wildfires and the resulting fields of flowers. In the late afternoon, arrive at your comfortable campsite. Around the fire tonight, your Expert shares the first of many stories of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which first arrived in this area in 1805. Later, retire to your personal tent along the river, set up by your crew. Paddling 15 miles, 6-7 hours. (B,L,D)

Days 3 & 4 — Along the River

An epic adventure for any traveler, enjoy two full days hiking and floating the gentler end of the river. The Middle Fork Trail runs parallel to the water for about 70 miles, and you'll have the opportunity to explore the region by foot. If you prefer to stay on the water, skip the hike and continue to float downriver. Quiet waters allow you the opportunity to fly-fish for cutthroat trout off one of the oar boats (catch and release only) or to take a refreshing swim. Stop at hot springs along the way, keeping a sharp eye out for mountain goats and bighorn sheep while you soak. Watch the landscape change as you move downriver from forest to high desert. Hike to cliffs decorated with red Shoshone pictographs depicting dogs, sheep, humans, and handprints. In the evenings, enjoy delicious appetizers and dinner prepared by your guides, followed by hot drinks and a campfire, then retire to your tent. Optional hiking 2-3 hours daily; Paddling 6-7 hours daily. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — On the River

The section of river today is particularly rich in wildlife. Bighorn sheep, bald eagles, ospreys, herons, river otters, and black bears all frequent the riverbanks. Although shyer, wolves and cougars also live in the region. You may also see evidence of past human habitation if you look for shallow circular depressions in the ground—the sites of former Shoshone dwellings.

In the afternoon, pass Kaufman’s Cave, where a Scottish prospector named Clarence Kaufman built a door over the entrance to the cave and lived here for about four years. Enjoy the sounds of nature and the river from your cozy camp and from your tent. Paddling: 6-7 hours. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — On the River

Today you'll encounter some of the most spectacular scenery seen yet as you float into Impassable Canyon for an exhilarating day of whitewater. Granite cliffs loom over the water, the sharp folds of the rock providing striking evidence of the canyon’s geologically violent past. Experience serious whitewater, running famous rapids like Haystack, Earthquake, Jack Creek, and Goalpost.

This afternoon, make the steep hike up to the icy waterfall of Veil Falls to enjoy a little respite from the heat. Back on the river, you’ll pass through more rapids and see the homestead of Earl Parrot, a hermit who came to the Middle Fork in the early 1900s and stayed for decades. Once at camp, you’ll be rewarded with a special dinner and a final campfire with your rafting companions. Enjoy your final night of tent camping along the river. Paddling 15 miles, 6-7 hours. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Salmon

This morning, tackle the biggest rapids of the trip, including Cliffside, Rubber, and Hancock. After a thrilling morning, reach the confluence of the Middle Fork and the main Salmon River, where you’ll leave your boats behind and continue by land. Stop at the Sacajawea Center for lunch and learn the story of the young woman who served as an ambassador for the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Arrive in Salmon late in the afternoon in time to clean up and join fellow rafters at a farewell dinner. Paddling 15 miles, 6-7 hours. (B,L,D)

Day 8 —Departure

Following breakfast at the hotel, fly back to Boise where you can connect to your homeward flights. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)