Main Salmon River Rafting

About This Trip

Idaho’s Main Stem of the Salmon River accesses the most pristine and untouched terrain in the US, slicing through the 2.3 million acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, the largest roadless area in the country. The Main Stem of the Salmon River is famous for it’s large sandy beaches for camping, warm water for swimming, great trout fishing, fun and easy whitewater, and the best hot spring in the Pacific Northwest. No river displays all these characteristics quite like the Main Stem of the Salmon River. It also boasts a canyon that is deeper than the Grand Canyon. The river has recently become famous as the best stand up paddleboard (SUP) river trip in the world for it’s warm water (75+F in August) and fun and safe wave-train rapids. Often called the River of No Return, the Main Stem of the Salmon River is chock full of historic miner’s cabins, homesteads and Shoshone Sheepeater and Nez Pierce Indian pictographs and pit houses. The early river runners called the Salmon River the “River of No Return” because the wooden scows run in the early 20th century were scrapped at the end of their journey and used to build many of the cabins you see in the canyon. But the truth be told the Salmon is in fact a river you’ll want to return to time and time again, and not want to return home at the end of your adventure.


  • Clear mountain river and fun easy rapids
  • Fun Trout and Bass Fishing
  • Big sandy beaches for camping 
  • Barth Hot Springs and Buckskin Bill’s cabin
  • Visit Campbell’s Ferry and Yellowpine Bar current homesteaders
  • Try on a Bear, Wolf, Wolverine or Bobcat Headdress
In a state that’s second only to Alaska in designated wilderness areas, getting from point “A” to point “B” can take some doing. That’s why one of the transportation options is a scenic charter flight from Boise to Salmon, Idaho – gateway to our river put-in. Ninety-two life-changing river miles later we will return you to civilization in McCall.

Trip Overview

Location: Salmon River – River of No Return
Type: Rafting
Length: 6 Days
Dates: June – September
Meet At: Salmon, ID 7:30 am
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 8
Deposit: $500 payable May 1st

Trip Prices

Adult – $1,699
Group/Senior – $1,530
Youth – $1,299 (18 & under)

Does not include transportation

Departure Dates

2018 Trip Schedule

July 13, 21
August 6, 14, 30
September 7, 16, 24

June 17-21  5-day Trip $1399

August 22 Tom Kimmel Music Trip $1,799

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What’s Included

  • Large freshly washed sleeping bag (rated 20F)
  • 2” thick “Paco” sleeping pad
  • Pillow (camp pillow 10” x 12”)
  • 3 Dry Bags (1 for sleep kit, 1 for evening gear, 1 small for daytime gear)
  • Kelty Gunnison 4.1 tents (4 man tents for 1-2 people)
  • Farmer John wetsuit (when needed in June and early July)

  • Waterproof socks and neoprene gloves (for June and early July trips only or if cold sensitive)
  • Life Jacket (Type V)
  • Helmets (for inflatable kayaks, paddle raft and stand up paddle board only)
  • All water craft and commissary equipment including camp chairs
  • MFRE coffee mug  a gift for you to take home

What’s NOT Included

  • Sarong or quick dry towel (good for sun, drying off or changing clothes)
  • Water bottle with carabiner
  • Personal toiletry items
  • Biodegradable soap (no bathing within 100 feet of any water source is allowed)
  • Sunscreen lotion and chapstick
  • Sunglasses with retainer
  • Sun hat (baseball hat ok, but larger full brim better with chin strap is better)
  • Bathing suit
  • Socks – 4 pair (2 cotton for camp, 2 synthetic for hiking)
  • T-shirts – 3 (two cotton for evenings and one synthetic for daytime)
  • Long sleeved shirts – 2 (one cotton for evenings and one synthetic SPF sun shirt for daytime)
  • Long pants – 1 (jeans for evening)
  • Shorts – 2 (one cotton for evenings and one synthetic for daytime)
  • Underwear – assorted (cotton for evening and silk/synthetic for daytime)
  • Rain jacket (we provide splash gear tops and bottoms on Middle Fork only for daytime but nice to have a dry rain jacket at camp)
  • Medium weight fleece or sweater
  • Shoes – dry shoes for camp (lightweight hiking boots or tennis shoes)
  • Shoes – river shoes (Tekstra or Keens with toe coverage is best but Teva’s will work too)
  • Camera and spare battery
  • Headlamp (better than flashlight for getting into dry bags at night!)

** May/June & Sept/Oct trips- bring a ski hat, camp gloves, 1 pair of synthetic long john top and bottoms, and fleece type pants.


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