Salmon River Rafting - Riviera of the West
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Welcome to the Riviera of the West! A Salmon River rafting dreamland come true. 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 and whitewater rapids splash and make everyone beam with big grins from ear to ear. No other rafting river in the West is 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.
Salmon River rafting flows over 50 miles through a series for four steep-walled gorges the river has carved over the ages. Between these gorges the river opens up to a vast Western landscape. Because there are no dams on the Salmon River, 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 volleyball, Frisbee and other games, or simply to soak in the hot summer rays. During our rafting trip, we enjoy these beaches at lunch as well as camp.
This 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 canyon. 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 and 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 the perfect day.
This is the land of the Nez Perce and their ancestors. They found a land of plenty where salmon ran in such huge numbers there was never a lack of food. The lower Salmon River Canyons is our favorite stretch to raft of the famous River of No Return and, is truly the Riviera of the West. It's the perfect location for reunions of friends, bachelor or bachelorette vacations, even a river wedding. See our charter rates for more information.
On our last day we come to the confluence with the mighty Snake River in Hells Canyon and raft another twenty miles through the tail end of Hells Canyon to our take-out at a place called Heller Bar where the Grande Ronde River joins the Snake. We've been running Salmon River rafting trips here since 1982 and welcome you to join us for an adventure on this iconic river that is unlike any other on earth.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Child rates available.
Day 1-4:Salmon River, Idaho, United States
Many of the trips we run on the Salmon River Canyons are designed for families and designated as Family Magic departures. But this section of the Salmon River is also the ideal rafting trip for couples, singles, adults-only, seniors, all-men or women-only groups. We offer regularly scheduled adult departures and also welcome you to bring your own group. We can custom-design any sort of focus you might want and private charters are welcome for groups as small as 12 people.
Huge white sand beaches, warm swimming water, big mountains and western scenery, wildlife viewing, fishing, Chinese rock houses, pioneer homesteads and Native American rock art.
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