Welcome to the Lower Salmon River...and a rafting trip only dreams are made of! This is the legendary Salmon River of No Return where beautiful white-sand beaches glisten in the warm sun. Where 70-degree water beckons swimmers of all ages (Check our our family only trips) and whitewater rapids splash and make everyone beam with big grins from ear to ear. No other rafting river in the United States is like the Lower Salmon River. The river boasts such a perfect combination of fun, intermediate rapids, awe-inspiring western scenery and gigantic white sand beaches with idyllic camping conditions. Daytime temperatures are typically 85 to 95 degrees and this, coupled with the warm river water, make for a rafting vacation like no other.
This lower section of the Salmon River flows over 50 miles through a series for four steep-walled gorges (thus, The Salmon River Canyons) the river has carved over the ages. Between these gorges this Salmon River rafting trip opens up to a vast Western landscape. Because there are no dams on the Salmon, sand is carried downstream from high creeks and tributaries and deposited in the form of massive beaches where the river slows down and forms eddies. Some of the beaches are over an acre in size and make for the perfect playground for our Salmon River rafting. Guests play volleyball, Frisbee and other games, or simply soak in the hot summer rays. During our rafting trips we enjoy these beaches at lunch as well as camp.
This Lower Salmon rafting trip is on a classic "pool and drop" river meaning that at the end of each rapid is a slow moving pool of water inviting you to jump in for a swim. In the places where the river flows quietly between the rapids you gaze up to towering heights and are likely to see golden eagles soaring overhead. Other wildlife includes mule deer, river otter, an occasional big horn sheep and plenty of hawks and songbirds. The air is perfumed with the scent of pines and nature's wildflowers.
We stop during the day to explore historic sites such as Native American rock art, pioneer homesteads and Chinese rock houses that dot the Salmon River Canyons. The Chinese came here in the late 1800s looking for gold and the rock houses they have left behind provide a rare glimpse into another chapter of American history.
Our camp boat rafts ahead of the group each day to set up camp replete with kitchen, dining tables, chairs and spacious tents to await your arrival. After a delicious dinner in the fresh coolness of the evening, a sunset of apricot and gold slowly turns into a dark indigo sky that is brilliant with stars. An evening campfire ends each perfect day of rafting.
Extend your stay in Idaho after your Salmon River trip by visiting our own River Dance Lodge just two hours from Lewiston, Idaho where your rafting trip ends. Stay in a traditional log cabin with private hot tub, go hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking or just relax and enjoy the Rocky Mountain scenery.