Snake River and Lochsa River Whitewater Combo
In an exclusive pairing that provides rafters with the opportunity to experience the pinnacle of big-wave whitewater, our Snake and Lochsa River whitewater rafting trip offers the best of Idaho's iconic whitewater. No other outfitter offers the chance to take on the legendary rapids of the Snake River, followed by the technical run of the Lochsa River, ensuring an adventure you’ll never forget .
As you navigate along Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America, and the Lochsa River corridor, you’ll encounter magnificent scenery, Native American rock art sites, and pioneer homesteads that reflect the 10,000-year human history of the region. Days on the river will be trilling as your experienced team of guides navigate technical runs, house-sized holes, bus-sized waves, and raft-bashing rapids, ensuring an experience packed with whitewater excitement! In the evening, we'll overnight at blissful riverside camps watched over by breathtaking starry night skies, with rarely another soul in sight.
Note: Due to the demanding nature of this trip, we recommend that participants are in good physical shape and children should be at least 15 years of age. When selecting a date, please be aware that the rivers are more challenging in late May and early June when the water levels are higher. With no dams, the Lochsa River’s flow decreases in late June and it becomes a more technical run. Guests should also be aware that this trip involves oar-powered rafts, paddle-rafts and inflatable kayaks.
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Arrive in Cambridge
Arrive in Cambridge, Idaho where you will be met by one of our Team Leaders at the Frontier Motel. At 8 pm, an orientation meeting will be held to answer any last-minute questions you might have and it’s then that you’ll receive your waterproof gear bag.
Rafting the Snake River
Your trip officially begins on Day 1 at 7:30 am when we depart on the two-hour bus ride to Hells Canyon. Breakfast will be served along the way, so we can launch our rafts once we arrive at the base of Hells Canyon Dam. Before taking to the water, our staff will give a thorough safety briefing, with information on how to paddle and swim through rapids.
As we raft the Snake River, you’ll notice its “pool and drop” characteristics, with most of the rapids (“drops”) followed by a calm stretch of water (“pool”). On the first day, we will encounter two fun Class IV rapids - “Wild Sheep” and “Granite” - which are sure to get your heart racing. Aside from being on the water, there will also be the opportunity to fish for trout and go on a short hike.
When we break for lunch, your guides will explain how our riverside camps work, including the toilet system, where to brush your teeth and wash up. ROW adheres to “Leave No Trace” principles, so everything we take in with us is also taken out to minimize our impact on the riverine environment.
After lunch, we’ll continue running the river and will arrive at our camp around 4 pm. This gives us plenty of time to set up and relax beside the river before hors d’oeuvres are served. Dinner follows, with the night darkening to reveal an incredible display of stars.
Wake to the smell of freshly brewed coffee before breakfast is served at 7:30 am. After packing up your gear, we’ll depart camp around 9:30 am for a day of thrilling rapids, spectacular scenery, and (hopefully) sunshine. Along the way, we’ll stop to explore a homesteader cabin where you can learn about life in rural Idaho 100 years ago.
As the river mellows, you can take the opportunity to jump in and float down alongside your raft. We’ll also stop to explore some of the Native American rock art sites found along the banks of the Snake River, with both pictographs and petroglyphs created by the various tribes that traveled through the canyon.
We will overnight in the Salt Creek area, with another memorable evening spent connecting with family and newfound friends.
Kirkwood Historic Ranch + Pittsburgh Landing + Lochsa
Begin the day with a hike to “Suicide Point”, from where you can enjoy stunning panoramas across the Snake River. Our next stop is the historic sheep ranch of Kirkwood to learn about the pastoral industry that once dominated the region. Take time to explore the shearing shed, cabins, and blacksmith workshop that now form part of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
Back on the water, we’ll take on some large rapids before arriving at Pittsburg Landing. From here, we’ll travel by bus to the Lochsa River where we’ll spend the night, ready for a new adventure in the morning. If you are a group of 3 or less you will need to provide your own transportation from the Snake to the Lochsa.
Today sees us take on some of the most technically challenging whitewater of the trip, which you’ll be ready to handle after three days on the Snake River. Most of the Lochsa River’s 40 main rapids are Class III to IV, with highlights including “Bloody Mary”, “Grim Reaper” and “Ten Pin Alley”.
Due to the river’s cold water, we recommend you wear a wetsuit or “farmer john”, with a wetsuit jacket you can put on and take off. We will also provide guests with booties, a splash jacket, and a helmet for your safety.
Your final night will be spent at an enchanting island camp fringed by a cedar forest in the middle of the Lochsa River.
This morning, we will ferry our gear across the river to our awaiting bus before continuing down the river for another 15 miles or so of paddling through the Goat Range. We’ll take on rapids such as “House Wave” and “Termination” before returning to the river banks around 4 pm. Our bus will transport us into Lewiston where a hot shower awaits.
Dates & Rates
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|Jun 06, 2024 to Jun 10, 2024||$2,090£0€0$0$0||$2,090£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Jun 06, 2025 to Jun 10, 2025||$2,090£0€0$0$0||$2,090£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Jun 14, 2025 to Jun 18, 2025||$2,090£0€0$0$0||$2,090£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
|Jun 22, 2025 to Jun 26, 2025||$2,090£0€0$0$0||$2,090£0€0$0$0||BOOK NOW|
- Full service of our Adventure Consultants
- Full service and knowledge of our talented river guides
- All rafting equipment - including wetsuits, splash jackets, booties, helmets and PFD's
- All camping equipment - including tents, sleeping bags, mats, pillows, etc.
- All meals from breakfast on day 1 through lunch on day 5
- Clean drinking water available at all times
- Private pre-tour orientation meeting
- Transportation to/from river meeting points
- 8% Land and Water Access Fee
- Airfare/transportation to and from Syringa
- Shuttling your car from launch to take out point if driving
- Gratuities for guides
- Travel protection plan
- Pre & post-trip hotel reservations
- Items of a personal nature