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Idaho

Whitewater Rafting on Idaho's Salmon River With Your Grandchild

Program No. 4954RJ
Float off on a whitewater rafting adventure with your grandchild on the Salmon and Snake Rivers as you learn about paddling, petroglyphs and pioneer history and go camping on the beach!
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,749 / ADULT
1,599 / CHILD

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Age 13 - 17
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Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
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Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2023
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At a Glance

Splash and slide, float and glide on Idaho’s Salmon and Snake Rivers on this whitewater rafting adventure through the second-deepest canyon in North America! You and your grandchild will get some instruction from expert rafters on paddling techniques and water dynamics before you set off together on Class 3 whitewater rapids. Learn about local lore, history and culture along the way, camp along the riverside and swim in the Salmon River’s clear, warm water.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking along hilly slopes, paddling 3-5 hours per day, optional hikes. Participants should be able to pitch their own tents and be prepared to move camps in cool and hot weather. Prior whitewater rafting, wilderness camping experience is not required. Oar rafts, paddle rafts and inflatable kayaks available. Be prepared for sunny, hot weather.
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.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience 3-4 hours of river rafting each day, then arrive at camp in the afternoon to swim, fish, play Frisbee, explore and more while your group leaders prepare dinner.
  • While rafting, stop to explore historic sites such as Native American rock art, pioneer homesteads and Chinese rock houses that dot the historic river canyon.
  • Ride a jet boat down the Snake River through America's deepest river gorge, Hells Canyon.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 13-17. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
"I Will Fight No More Forever: " Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War
by Beal, Merrill
River of No Return
by Carrey and Conley
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Journey to the River / Program Orientation
Salmon River
D
Hells Canyon Grand Hotel

Afternoon: We meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston, Idaho. Our lead guide will meet you in the hotel lobby or just outside in the parking lot. (Ask at the hotel desk if you are in doubt about where to find us.) After a brief orientation you will pack your things into river bags (which we provide) and then if you drove into town you will park your vehicle at the hotel. We’ll board a bus for the two hour ride to our boat launch site at either Hammer Creek or Pine Bar. Once we arrive at our launch site you’ll meet the rest of our guide crew, and our lead guide will conduct a safety briefing. We’ll then board the rafts for the ½ to 1 mile float to our first night's camp.

Dinner: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite along the river.

Evening: After dinner an orientation and get-acquainted session will be held.

DAY
2
First Full Day on the Spectacular Salmon River
Salmon River
B,L,D
Hells Canyon Grand Hotel

Activity note: We’re on the river four to six hours on average, and travel at a relaxed pace that allows time for swimming, exploring historic sites, or scouting rapids. Itinerary may vary due to changes in water level, weather, availably camps or other factors. As a result, rapids we might expect to encounter on a given morning may not be encountered until afternoon, and canyons we expect to float through in the afternoon of one day may instead be encountered the following morning.

Breakfast: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite along the river.

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 for a 10 to 12 mile journey.

Lunch: Meal prepared by program staff at riverside.

Afternoon: After lunch we encounter Cougar Canyon, the first of the river’s spectacular gorges. We arrive at the night’s camp by mid to late afternoon. While the guides prepare dinner you'll have free time to swim, fish, read, play games or otherwise enjoy the river and its surroundings. (There are good spots for hiking along the Salmon River but only a few; for the most part hiking opportunities are limited.)

Dinner: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite along the river.

DAY
3
Historic Sites and Outstanding Scenery
Salmon River
B,L,D
Hells Canyon Grand Hotel

Activity note: Each day’s instruction may occur during the day on the river, be scheduled for the time between breakfast and boarding the boats, or occur just before or just after dinner. In general, though, the time from arriving at camp until dinner, and after dinner, is free time to use as you wish.

Breakfast: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite along the river.

Morning: Rafts depart at approximately 9:30 a.m. Soon after pushing off downstream we encounter beautiful Snow Hole Canyon, which continues downstream for the next 10 miles. Rapids encountered include Bodacious Bounce and Half and Half. Time permitting we’ll make stops today (or in the coming days) to view stone structures and other evidence of historic gold mining activities.

Lunch: Meal prepared by program staff at riverside.

Afternoon: Rafting continues, and we encounter Snow Hole rapid, at most water levels the river’s most challenging whitewater.

Dinner: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite along the river.

DAY
4
River Journey Continues
Salmon River
B,L,D
Hells Canyon Grand Hotel

Breakfast: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite along the river.

Morning: By mid-morning we exit from Snow Hole Canyon. Morning highlights include China Rapids, a thrilling and long s-curve of whitewater.

Lunch: Meal prepared by program staff at riverside.

Afternoon: Rafting continues, including calm stretches good for swimming, and mild, class II rapids.

Dinner: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite along the river.

DAY
5
Rafting the Salmon River & Snake River
Salmon River
B,L,D
Hells Canyon Grand Hotel

Breakfast: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite along the river.

Morning: Small rapids and signs of pacer mining during the gold rush are encountered.

Lunch: Meal prepared by program staff at riverside.

Afternoon: This afternoon’s stretch of river includes what is arguably the river’s most dramatic scenery, as we enter Blue Canyon. Blue Canyon contains numerous rapids as well, including Slide, Sluicebox and Checkerboard. We camp near the Salmon River/Snake River confluence, and time permitting we’ll hike to the Pullman Mine, a copper mine that was active in the 1920’s and where mining equipment can still be seen.

Dinner: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite along the river.

DAY
6
Rafting the Snake River/Return to Lewiston
Salmon River
B,L

Breakfast: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite along the river.

Morning: We depart our final camp and as we float downstream we soon join the much larger Snake River at the edge of Hells 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 will say good-bye to most of our guides and board a jet boat, which will take us downriver on the Snake into Lewiston. This segment of our journey presents us with a great opportunities to watch for bighorn sheep, and gaze up at the canyon walls.

Lunch: Meal prepared by program staff at riverside.

Afternoon: On our last day we arrive at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park in Clarkston, WA, our take-out point, between 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. Once we've unpacked, you'll board a van or bus for the ride back to Lewiston. The ride back to Lewiston is a short 10 minute drive back to the hotel.






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