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Whitewater Rafting Adventure on Idaho's Lower Salmon River

Program No. 4830RJ
Join us for a challenging and enriching adventure that’ll have you rafting the Salmon River, learning about local wildlife and gaining insight into the region’s unique history and lore.

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At a Glance

Experience a whitewater rafting adventure on Idaho's Salmon River, floating through the second-deepest canyon in North America. Learn about topics ranging from natural and human history to local culture and lore. Group leaders 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.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Rafting and optional kayaking between 2-3 hrs. at a time on class III+ rapids. Climbing in and out of rafts. Up to 6.5 hrs. per day moving downriver, typically 10-18 miles per day. Carrying bags in camp across uneven terrain. Temperatures often in the 90+ degree range. No rafting or wilderness camping experience required. Oar rafts, paddle rafts, kayaks provided. Elevations range from 825 to 1400 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • 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, read or relax while Group Leaders prepare dinner.
  • Board a jet boat upon joining the Snake River for a different view of Hells Canyon, North America's deepest canyon.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. For a comparable grandparent adventure for grandchildren ages 13-17, check out "Whitewater Rafting on Idaho's Salmon River With Your Grandchild" (#4954).
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