Salmon River Rafting Trips

Rafting the Salmon River

Salmon River rafting trips in Idaho are something special. Find yourself in a place that has changed little since Lewis and Clark first explored these forests and mountains. Wildlife such as elk, bears, moose, otters, beavers, and even wolves roam the surrounding hills. Whether you choose a rafting trip on the Main Salmon River, the longest undammed river in the United States, or opt for the 100-mile Middle Fork trip, you can expect impossibly clear water and exhilarating Class III and IV rapids.

Salmon River rafting trips take you through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and into deep, rocky canyons. The Main Salmon flows through the second-deepest canyon in North America. Fishermen enjoy plying the crystal-clear water of both rivers. Stand-up paddleboarders love the wave trains of the Main Salmon. Everyone can bask and relax on warm, white sand beaches, and absorb the solace of nature. Swim in clear, calm eddies. Sleep under the bright, starry sky or put up your tent beneath a grove of fragrant, cool pines. Every traveler navigating these Idaho rivers finds something to love. It may be called the “River of No Return,” but this is one river to which you’ll definitely want to return!

Salmon River Campsite Water Scenery
Main Salmon River Rafting Kids Playing Sand Beach Family Camping

5–6 Day Main Salmon River

There is a green hole in the middle of Idaho. It’s a spot that is refreshingly empty on your highway map, a place where pavement never was and wild rivers still are. This is the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the Lower 48, and the Salmon River flows right through the middle of it. Fun rapids, warm water, and big, sandy beaches make this an ideal trip for families and stand-up paddle boarding.

Middle Fork Idaho Family Rafting with Guide

6 Day Middle Fork of the Salmon River

The crown jewel of Idaho river trips, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River offers 100 miles of continuous whitewater and an unparalleled wilderness experience. Designated as a Wild and Scenic river, the Middle Fork is known for its hot springs, wildlife, and pristine, clear water. Visit Veil Falls, ancient Native American caves, and discover why some call this "The Best River in the World".