Family Rafting Trips
ROW's family rafting trips through the Salmon River Canyons on the Main Salmon River in Idaho are fun, intermediate white water family trips that blend stunning scenery with hot sun, warm water, great rapids and the most beautiful white sand beaches of any river in the West. Our family rafting trips are for families with children ages five and up.
From the put-in spot near Whitebird, Idaho, your family rafting trips float 60 miles of the Salmon River, through twisted volcanic canyons, steep mountains and a seemingly endless western sky. As cliffs and boulders constrict the river, raft-bouncing Class II-IV rapids quench your thirst for white water excitement. Between the rapids we relax, drift and enjoy the mountain vistas. You're likely to spot soaring eagles, and we'll stop occasionally for short hikes to historic sites.
The scenery on a Salmon River family rafting trip alternates between dramatic, sheer canyons and huge mountains of golden grass and towering ponderosa pines. This is the American West at its best.
Salmon River rapids are intermediate, ranging from Class II-IV. Known as "pool and drop" rapids, they are a lot of fun and perfect for paddle rafts and inflatable kayaks (affectionately called Daring Duckies). We also have oar-powered rafts to carry camping gear and food, and to effortlessly carry people who want a break from paddling.
Of all the sections of the Salmon River, these canyons offer the most idyllic camping conditions and warmest water. There are no mosquitoes and air temperatures are typically between 85-95 degrees during the day and 60-70 at night. From the soft white sand beaches you can wade into crystal-clear water, join a game of volleyball, do a little fishing, throw a Frisbee or simply catch some sun. At night we pull out a telescope and gaze into the dark sky, far from the reach of any city lights.
Mariah and Jonah Grubb, children of ROW owners Peter Grubb and Betsy Bowen, crawled from cradle to raft at any early age and have been instrumental in teaching us how to run the best family rafting vacations in the world. They insisted that only families be allowed to attend so there are always plenty of similar-aged playmates around. They hired a specially trained River Jester™ who leads fun-filled nature-oriented games and activities along with our family-friendly crew of professional river guides. They helped us create a special kids’ menu that would make Dr. Seuss drool and made sure that the day ends with stories and songs around a glowing campfire. As the river sings its lovely lullaby, you'll comfortably slumber under Idaho's star-studded sky.
Request more info on our Family rafting trips or call 800-451-6034.
If you are comparing the Salmon River and Snake River, here is a reference guide that might help: Salmon River vs. Snake River.