Salmon River Cooking and Camping

Aggipah river guide, Stephanie, preparing a river-side breakfast in stacked Dutch ovens.

 

Riverside Meals on the Salmon River

We have developed an outstanding menu over our many years of river-side cooking.

A typical day will start out with breakfast which includes bacon, sausage, or ham served with pancakes, omelets, freshly-baked muffins and cinnamon rolls, fruit, cereal, juice and coffee. Eggs Benedict with fresh pineapple and strawberries is also an Aggipah favorite.

Lunches are varied each day.

One day will find us making “river sandwiches” piled high with a variety of deli meats, cheeses and vegetables, on a selection of hearty breads, wraps or pitas. The next day maybe a colorful taco salad or teriyaki chicken salad on wraps. All lunches are served with fresh fruits such as peaches, bananas, melons, oranges and sliced apples. For those with a sweet-tooth, there is always a selection of cookies and candies, as well as chips and cool, refreshing lemonade.

Open-fire and Dutch-oven cooking

Dutch oven river breakfast

Breakfast always features at least one dish prepared in a Dutch oven: in this case, freshly-baked cinnamon rolls.

Meals are carefully prepared and begin with appetizers like chili-chorizo rolls or baked brie with apples and toasted baguette rounds. Main courses include New York steaks, Idaho trout, feta-spinach-stuffed chicken breasts, grilled pork loin, and Dutch-oven lasagna. These main courses are served with fresh vegetables, salads, and a variety of pastas, rice, potatoes and specialty breads. If you do not eat certain types of meat, or do not eat any type of meat at all, please advise us before your trip and we will be happy to make substitutions. We serve locally produced wines, which are gaining serious recognition, with dinner. Most of our produce is locally-grown, and can vary by what’s in season. We feature breads and rolls from Salmon, Idaho’s Odd Fellows’ Bakery, honey from our local apiary.  Favorite desserts include Dutch-oven chocolate cake, berry cobblers with freshly-whipped cream, cheesecakes and flaming bananas foster.

The carrying capacity of inflatable boats enables us to provide a high standard of wilderness cooking. We carry ice throughout the trip so we have a full selection of fresh foods. After we set up the kitchen, we provide ice for cocktails or cold drinks while the meal is being prepared. We use Dutch-ovens to prepare nearly every meal for main courses, desserts, and sauces. The kitchen box carries a wide selection of spices and seasonings. We carry stoves, but a lot of our cooking is done over an open fire.

*Special diets, such as vegetarian, partial-vegetarian or food allergies can be accommodated with advance notice.

For the “Maxcrew” the biggest highlight this year was rafting, fishing, swimming, kayaking, rock jumping and eating our way down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River with the “East Coast Thompsons”.  There’s nothing like 6 days of wilderness.. no phones, no lights, no motorcars,…”

Christmas Letter exerpt from family river rafting group who rafted with Aggipah River TripsSee All Testimonials

Guests enjoy meals seated at dining tables with chairs.

Salmon Idaho lodging

Our kitchen is clean and our meals are carefully prepared. We use real plates, not paper, and metal silverware. Dishwater is hot, Cloroxed, and dishes are double rinsed and hung to dry.

Campsites on Salmon River whitewater rafting trips are sand bars or grassy meadows at water’s edge.

Campsites are often near a small stream flowing into the river. We have comfortable folding chairs and dining tables to enhance your in-camp time. We provide North Face tents and Thermarest sleeping pads. We do not supply sleeping bags, but have them available for rent for a small fee to cover cleaning expenses after each use. We carry a large kitchen/dining shelter in case of rain.

We carry portable toilets to use at these camps and fire pans with grates to avoid leaving fire scars on the beaches. These two items help keep our camps clean and litter-free. We make every effort to leave our camps cleaner than when we arrived, and special attention is paid to micro-trash. We do not share campsites with other groups.

Salmon River Camp

Salmon River camping is first-class.

 

Temperature ranges on the Salmon River

Since our rafting season is long, we have a wide range of temperature.  Spring and fall trips can have night temperatures drop to near freezing.  Usually during clear weather day temperatures will increase nearly 40 degrees in this dry climate. Overcast or rainy weather reduce the daily temperature range.  Elevation makes a difference.  The upper end of the Middle Fork is cooler than the Lower Salmon, 5000 feet below. You may wake up to frost the first morning of an early-season Middle Fork trip, though day time temperatures warm quickly-usually rising into the 80s or higher by mid-afternoon. As the trip progresses and we lose elevation, temperatures rise. Daytime temperatures are warm in mid-summer, and can be downright hot, in the mid-90s or higher on the Main Salmon.  On the Lower Salmon, mid-summer day temperatures frequently exceed a hundred degrees, which is why we don’t schedule trips for that period.

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