River Rafting Trips in Idaho

Idaho Whitewater Rafting

River rafting trips in Idaho are different. Instead of the austere, red melodrama of the desert rivers in Utah, Idaho’s rivers offer pine forests and steep, craggy mountains. Both the Middle Fork and the Main Stem of the Salmon River flow through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, a expanse of undeveloped terrain encompassing more than two million acres.

Crystal-clear water flows through canyons even deeper than Grand Canyon. Float within an incredibly varied landscape, past wooded hillsides and eroding ridge lines, buttressed peaks and rocky slides. Experience a landscape that hasn’t changed since Lewis and Clark wandered its contours. Watch for wildlife: moose, bears, otters, elk, deer, osprey, beavers, golden eagles, and bighorn sheep all call this wilderness home. You might even spot one of the elusive wolves that was re-introduced to the area in 1995. Fish for cutthroat trout or simply watch these marvelous creatures swim in the transparent water.

These steep, mountain rivers boast continuous rapids—over 300 on the Middle Fork alone! Hike to historic cabins and archaeological sites, and round out the days with campfires or a soak in one of the famous hot springs. Our Salmon River rafting trips in Idaho are unforgettable!

Idaho River Trip Side Hike
Main Salmon Group Hot Springs

5–6 Day Main Salmon River

The longest undammed river in the United States, the Main Salmon takes you on a spectacular journey through the wilds of central Idaho. This trip has plenty of exciting whitewater, including perfect, easy wave trains for stand-up paddleboards. Sandy beaches and excellent swimming opportunities, plus hot springs and hikes make this rafting trip a top choice for adventurous families of all ages.

Middle Fork Salmon River Paddle Boat Guide

6 Day Middle Fork of the Salmon River

If the Middle Fork of the Salmon River isn’t already on your river rafting bucket list, it should be. Flowing for 100 miles through the largest wilderness area in the Lower 48, the clear water of the Middle Fork rolls and splashes over more than 300 Class I–IV rapids. Camp out under the pines of a mountainous canyon, and soak in one of six different natural hot springs. This trip sells out fast; be sure to book early!