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Intergenerational Whitewater Rafting Adventure on Idaho's Salmon River

Program Number: 4954RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/10/2014 - 8/15/2014; 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lower Salmon River, Idaho
Price starting at: $699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 13 - 17 years of age.

Experience a whitewater rafting adventure on Idaho's Salmon and Snake rivers, floating through the second-deepest canyon in North America. Learn about topics ranging from natural and human history to local culture and lore. Guides provide instruction in river safety, water dynamics and paddling techniques while they lead you through Class 3 whitewater. Camp on white-sand beaches, enjoy fresh, catered meals, and swim in the Salmon's clear, warm water.




Highlights

• While rafting, stop to explore historic sites such as Native American rock art, pioneer homesteads and Chinese rock houses that dot the river canyon.
• Experience river rafting 3-4 hours a day, then arrive at camp by mid-to-late afternoon and swim, fish, play Frisbee, explore, and more while guides prepare dinner.
• After five days on the Salmon, form a group “barge” with rafts on the mostly placid Snake River and relax to watch for bighorn sheep and gaze up at the canyon walls.



Activity Particulars

Prior whitewater rafting, wilderness camping experience is not required. Oar rafts, paddle rafts and inflatable kayaks available. Be prepared for sunny, hot weather.



Coordinated by Oregon River Experiences.




Lower Salmon River

The untamed beauty of the Lower Salmon River makes it a popular venue for river rafting adventures. Four spectacular wilderness canyons offer exceptional scenic grandeur, beautiful white sand river beaches, and sites of archeological and historic interest.



Accommodations
Tent camping in the wilderness along Salmon River. Participants must bring tents, sleeping bags and pads. Rentals available.
Meals and Lodgings
   Wilderness camping
  Salmon River 5 nights
 Wilderness camping
Type: Other
  Contact info: (none)
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  Facility amenities: Chairs are provided. Participants bring own tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads. (Rentals are available for those who do not own - or who do not wish to bring - these three items.)
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Bathroom: Portable toilets.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
12:30 PM at the Red Lion Hotel, Lewiston, Idaho. You will be staying at Wilderness camping that night.
  End of Program:
Approx. 5 PM at the Red Lion Hotel, Lewiston, Idaho. You will be staying at Wilderness camping the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Oregon River Experiences LLC, the program provider, is required by its insurance carrier to obtain signed liability release waivers from all participants. All participants must sign a waiver in order to participate in the program, or have a waiver completed on their behalf by a parent or guardian. That waiver will be included in the preparatory material participants will receive after enrolling in the program, and it must be returned prior to the program's commencement.
  Parking availability:
Available at hotel. No charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Salmon River
  Nearest city or town:  Lewiston, Idaho
  Nearest highway: I-95
  Nearest airport:  Lewiston, Idaho
  From End of Program
  Location: Salmon River
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lewiston, ID

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 800-232-6730

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Hotel shuttle meets all flights.

 
Driving Directions
  All locations We will meet at 12:30 PM on the program's first day, in the lobby of the Red Lion Hotel, 621 21st St., Lewiston, Idaho. Lewiston is roughly 325 miles east of Portland, Oregon, and about 95 miles south of Spokane, Washington. Lewiston is at the crossroads of highways 12, 95, and 195, in western Idaho, not far from the corner where Washington, Oregon, and Idaho meet. From Portland take I-84 past Boardman to US-730. Take US-730 into Washington, and turn right onto US-12. Follow US-12 through Walla Walla to Lewiston. Once in Lewiston, US-12 becomes Main Street. Continue east then turn right on 21st Street. The Red Lion is 1/10th of a mile further along, on your left. From Seattle take I-90 to I-82, I-82 to US-12, and US-12 to Rt 124. Follow 124 to where it rejoins US-12, and stay on US-12 until you reach Lewiston. Once in Lewiston, US-12 becomes Main Street. Continue east then turn right on 21st Street. The Red Lion is 1/10th of a mile further along, on your left.
Equipment Requirements: Sleeping bag, pad, and tent. (Chairs provided.) We offer camping equipment for rent to those who do not own or do not wish to transport this gear. High quality, two-person backpacking style tents are available for a $40 per tent rental fee (per trip). Sleep kits (15 degree rated synthetic sleeping bag, cotton bag liner, self-inflating sleep pad, and ground cloth) are also available, for $40 per person. Supplies are limited, so please place your rental gear reservation request well in advance by calling the O.R.E. office at 1-800-827-1358. Rental fees are payable by check or by credit or debit card.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation/Journey to the River
(Sunday, August 10)
   
 Afternoon: We meet at 12:30 PM at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston, Idaho. (Please have your lunch before our meeting time, and arrive in your river clothes.) Our Lead Guide will meet you in the motel lobby, or just outside in the parking lot. (If in doubt about where to find us, ask at the desk, and they will direct you.) After a brief orientation you will pack your things into our river bags, and park your vehicles at the hotel. We will then go by van or bus to our launch site at either Hammer Creek or Pine Bar (both are near Whitebird, Idaho). Once we arrive at our launch site, you’ll meet the rest of our guide crew, and they’ll conduct a short safety and orientation briefing, which will include instruction on paddle rafting techniques. We’ll then board the rafts for a short float to our first night's camp.
 Dinner: Dinner included.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness camping
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Rafting on the Salmon River
(Monday, August 11)
   
 Breakfast: A typical day on the river begins with freshly brewed coffee by 7 AM, and breakfast by 8 AM.
 Morning: After breakfast we'll pack our bags and load the boats. Then, after a brief orientation to the day's adventures, we'll head downstream. We're on the river an average of three to four hours per day.
 Lunch: Along the way we stop for a riverside picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: We may stop to swim, to explore historic sites, or to scout rapids. We usually arrive in camp by mid to late afternoon.
 Dinner: While the guides prepare dinner, you'll have time to swim, fish, read, or nap. (There are a few places to hike, but for the most part hiking opportunities are limited.)
   
Accommodations: Wilderness camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Please see day two for all itinerary details.
(Tuesday, August 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Lunch: .
 Dinner: .
   
Accommodations: Wilderness camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Please see day two for all itinerary details.
(Wednesday, August 13)
   
 Breakfast: .
 Lunch: .
 Dinner: .
   
Accommodations: Wilderness camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rafting the Salmon River/Rafting the Snake River/Hells Canyon
(Thursday, August 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Dinner: Dinner included.
 In Transit: After five days on the Salmon 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 section of river is placid. For this reason we'll hook our rafts together to form a group "barge" on the Snake, which the guides will maneuver downstream with the aid of a small outboard motor. This segment of our journey presents us with a great opportunities to unwind, watch for bighorn sheep, and gaze up at the canyon walls.
   
Accommodations: Wilderness camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Rafting the Snake River/Return to Lewiston
(Friday, August 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: We will be rafting our way to Heller Bar.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: On our last day we arrive at Heller Bar, our take-out point, between 2:00 and 3:30 PM.Once we've unpacked, you'll board a van or bus for the ride back to Lewiston. (You will say good-bye to the guides when you leave Heller Bar, as they will stay behind to finish de-rigging.) The ride back to Lewiston takes about an hour. You'll arrive back at the Red Lion Hotel between 4:00 and 6:00 PM
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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