6 Days Main Salmon River Rafting in Idaho by Wet Planet Whitewater

  • Idaho
  • Signature Xperiences
  • 6
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Rafting on Idaho’s Main Salmon River is all about maximising fun time on the river. Beautiful summer days combine with fantastic Class III whitewater rapids and stretches of meandering swimming holes that beckon visitors to take a dip. White water rapids, such as Rainier, Black Creek, and Chittam put up a big show with large waves and boulders, yet invite even novice paddlers to try their skills in their own inflatable kayak.

A lunch buffet, prepared by your five-star guides restores your energy for more river play and enjoyment in the afternoon. Grab a stand-up paddleboard for one of the gentle river stretches or relax in the raft.

Landing on a white sandy beach, your guides will provide camp comforts and exquisite meals while you relax by the river’s edge. There is always time for a game of frisbee or bocce ball as you nibble on appetizers and your guides prepare the evening meal. Eagles soar in the skies above as you enjoy your warm and tasty dinner. The sun sets among the ponderosa pine tree groves and jagged mountain peaks as you sink even deeper into the wilderness and the gentle lull of the river’s flow.

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Day 1 Launch Day

Our shuttle vehicle will meet us in the morning at the Stagecoach Inn for our scenic drive to Corn Creek, our launch point on the Main Salmon River. From here, we’ll begin our journey into Idaho’s canyon landscape. We’ll run exciting rapids our first afternoon including Rainier Rapid and Alder Creek Rapid, washing away any weary travel vibes you may still be carrying. Pulling into the evening campsite, you’ll have the opportunity for short hikes, games, or just pure relaxation with a camp chair, a book, and your toes in the cool water. With beach games, a hearty dinner, stories by the fire, and a starry sky, we’ll all rest peacefully to await another great day on the water.

Day 2 to 5 River Days

Each day will bring new sights and adventures, but our routine will be relaxed and predictable. Coffee and hot beverages will be served as you rise from the comfort of your tent, or from your sleeping spot beneath the stars. Rise and shine surrounded by pristine mountain scenery and the faint lull of the river’s flow. After a hot breakfast, your guides will pack the rafts and prepare to launch for another day’s explorations. We’ll navigate through classic whitewater rapids, float and swim in serene stretches of meandering river, and even stop at hot springs. Days could include hikes through mountain meadows to see historic cabins from early settlers and rock drawings from ancient cultures. We’ll choose a cozy, shady spot for lunch to recharge our adventurous spirits. As the sun dips lower, we’ll pick our home for the night, balancing the need for shade during the hottest summer afternoons and more time playing in the river’s warmer water.

Day 6 River and Take-out Day

After a final tasty breakfast and relaxing morning packing our bags at camp, we’ll push off for one more day of floating through the Salmon River wilderness. Our final day brings the famous Chittam and Vinegar rapids – your last chance to demonstrate your new paddling skills or take that front seat in the raft for a wet and wild ride. At the Carey Creek take-out, your guides will unload rafts while you change into dry clothes and prepare for your shuttle ride to McCall, Idaho. We’ll enjoy a final lunch together before saying goodbyes to each other and the magnificent Salmon River. A 2-hour shuttle drive will take you away from the canyon, and you will arrive in McCall, Idaho in the late afternoon.