Salmon River Rafting

A great Family trip!

The Main Salmon River boasts the longest remaining free flowing river system in the lower 48 states. An Ideal Family Vacation, the “Lower Salmon” offers huge white sand beaches, perfect for throwing the Frisbee, beach volleyball, a paddle boat water slide, or just lounging in the shade. The rapids are exciting yet family friendly, and the warm crystal clear water is perfect for swimming. Jump off the raft and float through a calm section or try your hand at an inflatable kayak. Double kayaks allow younger kids to ride with a parent through calmer water.

The Canyon narrows in places forming the “Salmon River Canyons” where most of the rapids are held. After the canyons it opens into wide angle views of massive columnar basalt formation and grassy hillsides. Each day we take time to explore a Native American home site, or a 19th century Chinese mining camp.

On this idyllic family trip, you can expect your first class guide to play freeze tag with the kids on the beach, prepare gourmet meals, and guide you safely through the whitewater. Our program for kids will keep them entertained and amazed. They might even learn about geology or the Nez Perce Indian tribe.

Falling asleep under the stars, listening to the rivers lullaby, and splashing through the whitewater, will help you discover something about what makes life enjoyable. Connect with your family, or in some way rediscover a bit of yourself. You are certain to meet friends that will be remembered for a lifetime. By the end of the trip everyone will be planning and plotting their next river vacation.

Salmon River Details


  • Season: Late June – September
  • Length: 4 and 5 days, 62-73 miles
  • Difficulty: Intermediate, Class III
  • Minimum Age: 7 until mid-July, 5 after mid-July
  • Meets: Lewiston, ID
  • Ends: Heller Bar, Transportation back to Lewiston included