by Julie Trevelyan
Idaho’s Salmon River is wild, no doubt about that. As the country’s longest undammed river running through a single state, the Salmon provides a glimpse at the way rivers used to wind and roar and whisper through the landscape before humans attempted to corral them. Impressive whitewater rapids mark the Lower Salmon River as one for the bucket list.
What could make river rafting the Salmon even better? Adding in the elements of an all-women’s trip and yoga! Relax, play, and enjoy this rafting adventure with a group made up entirely of women on the Women’s Salmon River Canyons trip. Greet the morning with yoga on the beach. Most of all, have fun.
Rafting the Lower Salmon while the water flow is anywhere between 2,000-20,000 CFS (cubic feet per second) can make for the perfect trip, depending on what you’re looking for. Check current water flow conditions at the USGS site.
The trail to historic Wapshilla Ranch is a short but sweet hike to check out during your rafting vacation on the Lower Salmon. As you amble through the canyon on the trail, keep an eye out for deer, elk, and wild turkeys. Run by a Nez Perce family, the ranch remnants today evoke ideas of life here many years ago.
The Nez Perce Indians made this canyon their home starting about 11,000 years ago, and descendents still live here today. Steelhead salmon in the river provided an excellent food source for the people, and they provided a great living for themselves with the natural resources available in the area. You may have chances to see their petroglyphs, tipi rings, and pit houses at certain points along the river.
Who will enjoy this trip most:
Women of all ages and of any ability to do yoga, ranging from lifer to total newbie.
1. Rapids include Bodacious Bounce, Snowhole, Eye of the Needle, and Lorna’s Lulu.
2. Devil’s Slide is considered one of the toughest rapids to run in North America.
3. At 425 miles in length, this is the longest waterway in the lower 48.
4. Some of the white sand beaches along the river are over an acre in size.
Written by Julie Trevelyan.
Julie is a freelance writer and wilderness guide in southern Utah. She especially enjoys books, coffee, yoga, wild country, horses, and dark chocolate.
See more of her work at www.wildgirlwriting.com