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One river trip, five extraordinary Salmon River Canyons equals the Ultimate Idaho Rafting Adventure. Join us for 9 days of unplugged Idaho whitewater rafting. For the adventurer who wants it all we have combined two legendary Idaho rafting trips. Starting with the Main Salmon River canyon. A premier Idaho Whitewater rafting trip known for its big volume heart thumping rapids, pristine alpine canyon setting with big sandy beach camping, clear running water and Barth Hot Springs. Along the way we’ll make stops at historic river homesteads, take in some side canyon hiking and with any luck catch a view of the abundant wildlife that call this place home. At the end of the first five days we’ll transition to the Lower Salmon River Canyons. A hot shower and bed await you at the end of day 5. Dinner will be on your own in Grangeville, ID. On the morning of day 6 we will pick you up and the hotel and take you to the put-in for the second half of the trip. Green, Cougar, Snowhole and Blue Canyons make up this section of the mighty Salmon River. With ample Class III+ rapids this section offers plenty of Inflatable Kayaking fun. Deemed the perfect Family Rafting trip, the Salmon River offers a little of everything. Excellent whitewater, beautiful scenery, side canyon hiking and gorgeous beaches for camping. We’ll bring a paddle boat and inflatable kayaks; you bring your sense of ADVENTURE! Come and experience the “Ultimate Idaho Rafting Adventure”.
Meet group at the Stagecoach Inn in Salmon, Idaho. We take a bus and enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive to Corn Creek, our launch site. We stop at the Northfork store en route to the river to pick up any last minute supplies such as fishing licenses, lures, beer and wine. The first day on the river we run Gunbarrel, Ranier and Devil’s Teeth rapids.
We may enjoy a short hike up Chamberlain Creek. After the exhilarating rapids of Salmon Falls, we stop and soak our bodies in Barth Hot Springs, a natural hot spring which flows into the Salmon River.
This day is our most exciting rapid day. We run classic Salmon River whitewater: Bailey Falls, Split Rock, Big Mallard and Elk Horn to name a few. A stop at Jim Moore’s place is usually included on this day. Jim Moore came to the Salmon River from Kentucky around the turn of the century and lived a colorful life until 1942. The log buildings he constructed were recently nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
After a visit to Buckskin Bill’s homestead (Buckskin was the last of the Mountain Men) we will run Jackson and Ludwig rapids. Later we float past the confluence with the South Fork of the Salmon River.
We’ll run Vinegar & Chittam Creek rapids before taking out for the transition to the Lower Salmon River Gorges. You’ll have the pleasure over a hot shower and bed on this transition night. Dinner and breakfast the next morning will be on your own.
After breakfast you’ll meet your guides at the hotel at 7:00am and we’ll be off to the put-in at Hammer Creek (near Whitebird). Downstream we will stop at shorts bar to view pictographs of ancient Nez Perce writings. Run some exciting rapids in Green Canyon (the first of the four canyons) and enjoy the plentiful white sand beaches that appear along the shores of the Salmon River.
Negotiate Bodacious Bounce, and other rapids in Cougar and Snowhole Canyons (the next two canyons). We will have a possibility to view some Nez Perce tipi rings and pits. There is plenty of opportunity for fishing, hiking and just plain relaxing at camp.
Lorna’s Lulu, China rapid, Devil’s Slide, Eye of the Needle and Checkerboard rapids provide more excitement before we set up camp. Today we may hike up to the Wapshilla Ranch, one of several ranches in Blue Canyon (the last of the Salmon River Canyons) run by a Nez Perce family.
Reach the confluence of the Snake and Salmon Rivers. We may stop at Cottonwood Creek and Cache Bar, two more important Nez Perce sites. The final miles of this excursion are flat water, where we may use the assistance of a motor. After floating the lower part of Hell’s Canyon, we reach our take out point at Heller Bar and return to you to Lewiston, ID.
We meet for your trip in Salmon, Idaho at the Stagecoach Inn, 7:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) the morning your trip begins. It is imperative that you attend our pre-trip orientation the night before your trip at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time). Guests are responsible for their travel arrangements to Salmon. There are two transportation packages to choose from.
If you are driving, you can drive right to Salmon, Idaho either by personal car or rental car from Boise, Idaho Falls, or Missoula airports, and arrange to have your car shuttles at the end of your trip. To arrange a car shuttle please contact River Shuttles (800-831-8942 / www.rivershuttles.com). Shuttles are approximately $325-$350.
If you are flying, you can fly into Boise, Idaho and then take a commuter flight directly to Salmon, Idaho the day before your trip begins. You can contact McCall Aviation (800-448-3413 / www.mccallaviation.com) to reserve your flight. Flights are approximately $230 per person. When you arrive in Salmon, the hotel van will pick you up at the airport. If you need assistance with your travel arrangements, please ask your Holiday River Expedition reservation agent.
The day before your trip, there will be a pre-trip orientation meeting at the Stagecoach Inn at 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time). A Holiday representative will give you a short orientation on all aspects of river travel. At this time we will issue your waterproof bags, answer any questions you may have, and finalize your departure time for the morning of your trip.
On the morning of your trip, plan to arrive promptly at the pre-determined time established at the pre-trip orientation meeting. You will then take a 2-hour scenic drive to the embarkation point. The bus will stop at North Fork en route to the Salmon River, so that you can buy a fishing license, beer and any other last minute items.
We will return you to Lewiston, ID after the trip. If you drove to Salmon, ID you can arrange a shuttle for you vehicle from Salmon to Grangeville with Central Idaho River Shuttles ( www.centralidahorivershuttles.com) and we will return you to Grangeville to get your car.
Our guides are trained in first-aid and carry first aid supplies only. REMEMBER to bring your own prescription medicines. ALERT our guides to any medical problems you might have such as diabetes or allergic reactions. Wilderness expeditions are a long way from hospitals, doctors, and pain-relieving medicines. Evacuations to modern medical care are uncertain, and protracted. In case of evacuation and/or medical treatment beyond first aid, expenses incurred are the responsibility of the participant.
If cancellations are made prior to 90 days before the trip, monies will be refunded less a $50.00 service charge per person. If cancellations are made within 90 days and outside of 45 days of the trip date monies will be refunded less a $100.00 service charge per person. Cancellations made within 45 days of the trip date are non refundable. Prior to 45 days to the trip date we will transfer reservations to another trip in the same year with a $25.00 service charge per person. All policies will be enforced and we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance. Cancellation of a trip is very unlikely, but we reserve the right to cancel any trip due to river or weather conditions or the lack of sufficient reservations. A full refund will be made if such is the case.
Medical and cancellation insurance on a vacation plan can be obtained from numerous insurance companies. We offer plans underwritten by TRAVEL GUARD that cover accident, baggage and cancellation claims. An application should be enclosed with this information package. We encourage all to take advantage of this coverage. This is available to American and Canadian citizens, as well as citizens of another country as long as you have a U.S. address. If you have questions give us a call. Also, if you are bringing expensive cameras, binoculars, or other items we suggest you have insurance coverage for them (commonly available through Homeowners Policies). In the event of a loss, our insurance will not cover those items.
Many guests ask us if tipping is appropriate after the trip. If you feel the the guides have been instrumental in your enjoyment of the trip, you may choose to direct a gratuity to the trip leader in the form of cash or check. He/She will then distribute it evenly to the other crew members. Of those that choose to tip, the average contribution amount ranges between $15.00 and $25.00 per guest, per day. However, the decision to tip is left to your sole discretion.
We provide ice water, lemonade, fruit juices, two sodas per day per person and ample cooler space. If you choose to bring any specialty sodas and/or alcoholic beverages, we have no problem taking whatever you want to bring – within reason. We will make a stop in North Fork, where you will have the opportunity to purchase beer, wine and liquor. You cannot buy liquor, however, on Sunday departures. Don’t buy beer, wine coolers or sodas in glass containers. Wine packaged in a box is ideal. Mark beverages that you bring so they are packed on your boat.
Prior to leaving for your trip, we welcome you to call our Salt Lake City office Monday through Friday at 800-624-6323 (outside Utah) or 801-266-2087 (inside Utah). We’re happy to take the time to answer your questions. You may also contact us by e-mail at Holiday@bikeraft.com.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TRIP, OUR IDAHO HEADQUARTERS NUMBER IS 208-983-1518 (OR) LEAVE A MESSAGE AT THE STAGECOACH INN’S FRONT DESK.
In May, early June and September, temperatures average between 55 and 80 degrees during the day and 40 to 60 degrees at night. In late June, July and August the daytime temperatures are 80 to 90 degrees, with nighttime temperatures 50 to 60 degrees. A thunderstorm or rainy day can happen and can cool temperatures considerably. With this in mind we recommend you have a rain suit, polypropylene underwear, (fleece top and pants are nice in cool weather too) and a light tent. If you reserved a rental unit with us when you booked your river trip, we will have a tent and rain gear for you.
Bugs, snakes, etc. are generally no problem. In fact, the lack of pesky insects is one of the reasons wilderness camping on the river is so pleasant. Any river trip, however, is subject to a localized insect hatch. Sometimes bees will be about, so make sure you have appropriate allergy medications with you. We rarely see any snakes, but if the thought of them bothers you, try sleeping on the beaches or in a tent instead of rocky or bushy areas.
You will need an Idaho fishing license. A nonresident license is approximately $12.75 for the first day and $6.00 for each additional day. Junior fishing licenses are also available for children 14-17 years of age ($21.75/season). The best fishing is in July, August, and September. Lures such as Mepps, Panther Martins and Rooster Tails do well in the main stream while fly fishing is good on the side streams. You will have the opportunity to purchase a fishing license in Boise, or North Fork en route to the Salmon River. If you would like to obtain more information or secure your license in advance contact: Idaho Fish and Game, 800-554-8685, or on line at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/licenses/.
Hiking is a highlight of the trip, however, it is strictly an optional activity. There are many interesting short hikes available. Hiking can be done in durable sneakers or lightweight hiking boots. Remember that hiking and other activities vary widely pending time, and what other plans are ahead for the day on the river.
In and around Boise: Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Canyon Country Historical Museum, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, Eagle Island State Park, Idaho Botanical Garden, Idaho Historical Museum, Julia Davis Park, Lake Lowell, Lucy Peak State Park, Silver City, Snake River Birds of Prey, Warm Springs Resort. In and around Salmon: The Lewis & Clark and The Nez Perce National Historic Trails, Gold Bug Hot Springs, Ghost Towns and Sacajewea Center.
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River of No Return can be ordered online at our e-store,or by sending the appropriate amount listed above plus $6.00 shipping and handling, to Holiday River Expeditions, 544 East 3900 South, SLC, UT 84107. This is available within the U.S. only. If outside the U.S. additional shipping and handling charges will be added. You can call 801-266-2087 for rates.
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Air Service to Boise (BOI)
Once in Boise most of our guests rent-a-car and drive to our meeting point in Grangeville, Idaho or Salmon, Idaho. All rental cars are located at the Gowen Field Airport.
Boise to Grangeville 200 miles
Boise to Salmon 250 miles
Other destinations you can travel to Grangeville and Salmon, Idaho from:
Missoula, Montana to Grangeville 180 miles
Missoula, Montana to Salmon 140 miles
Idaho Falls, Idaho to Salmon 161 miles
Spokane, Washington to Grangeville 180 miles
Lewiston, Idaho to Grangeville 72 miles
Shuttle service to Grangeville from Lewiston Central Idaho River Shuttles 208-507-1830
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There is a greater chance of inclement weather on these trips which otherwise offer many advantages to the well-prepared river traveler. Polypropylene, fleece, pile, bunting, capeline, etc. are a few examples of trade names for a class of synthetic materials that retain their ability to insulate when wet (please note, cotton does not.) Your comfort on the trip starts with finding the right type of synthetic under and outer-wear and quality rain gear. We recommend Backcountry.com for your additional river trip needs. Backcountry.com offers a wide variety of gear to help you dress for success the for your river trip no matter what the weather decides to do. A prepared traveler is a happy traveler.
ITEMS YOU CAN BUY AT HOLIDAY'S ONLINE STORE: www.BikeRaft.com or at our accessories stores in Green River and Vernal; the meeting points for our Cataract, Westwater, Ranch, Desolation, Labyrinth, Fisher Towers, Lodore and Yampa trips.