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Idaho’s Salmon River Canyon…

Is one of the world’s ultimate wilderness whitewater rafting trips. Spend day after day drifting down crystal clear water through pine-covered canyons, and camp each night beside the River of No Return. Eat multi-course meals carefully prepared in Dutch ovens and over the open fire. Enjoy companionship by the campfire and bare feet in the warm sand.  Experience the thrill of unforgettable whitewater rafting. Watch bighorn sheep drinking at river’s edge, eagles soaring overhead, and the rise of a trout to the fly. Wonder at old cabins sinking back into the earth and ponder dreams of long-gone pioneers, and pictographs on cliffs from an even earlier era.

Salmon River whitewater rafting trips are  for everyone…

Of all ages from beginner to expert on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Main Salmon River and Lower Canyons of the Salmon River, with Aggipah River Trips. Choose a relaxing float, an on-the-edge whitewater  trip, or something in between. We look forward to hosting your unforgettable Salmon River vacation.

Who should go

The Main Salmon River through the River of No Return Wilderness section…

Offers excellent Idaho white water rafting, providing some of the best white water in Idaho.  With more sand beaches, warmer water, and more moderate rapids than the Middle Fork, the Main Salmon River rafting is an excellent trip for families with grade school age kids. It is also more suitable for inflatable kayaks. Group size is is limited, usually 8-12 people, and charter trips can be arranged throughout the summer. Our nicest camps are on the Main Salmon River, mostly sandbars. We can also offer a trip on the Main Salmon with no camping, staying in lodges each night.

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The Middle Fork of the Salmon River…

Is often considered the best  whitewater rafting trip in Idaho.  Challenging whitewater, isolated wilderness canyon, excellent fly fishing, hot springs, Indian pictographs, wildlife,  combine to provide lifetime memories.  Access to the Middle Fork of the Salmon is limited by Forest Service regulation, with a limit of 24 passengers per group. On early or late season trips, however, group size is smaller, and Aggipah can arrange charter trips then. For those who prefer to break up five nights of camping, we can arrange for you to spend a night or two in a riverside lodge with sheets and showers. Trout fishing  while rafting Middle Fork of Salmon is very good, especially later in the season after the water drops. We can provide special fishing trips using McKenzie drift boats or two-person rubber boats.

Learn more about the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

The Lower Gorge of the Salmon River…

has whitewater similar to the Main Salmon River, though rapids are less frequent. Water temperature is warmer for swimming, into the 70s by mid-summer, with beautiful sand beaches. Small mouth bass fishing is good in late summer and early fall.  Because of its low elevation, the Lower Salmon is most pleasant in September after the summer heat has past.   It is an excellent extended weekend trip.  In early October Lower Salmon river rafting offers a very interesting sportsman’s trip, with steelhead, sturgeon, smallmouth bass fishing, and chukar partridge hunting overlaying a back-country whitewater trip.

Learn more about the Lower Gorge of the Salmon River

Best time to raft the Salmon River, Spring through Fall…

June - SeptemberLate April - AugustAugust - Mid October
Middle Fork of the Salmon RiverMain Salmon River
Lower Salmon River

Greatest sense of wilderness backcountry – no people, spring flowers blooming…. read more.

White Water Rafting Trips Daily Routine

We do not have a rigid river rafting schedule, but vary stops according to the interest of the group. We have breakfast about 7:30-8:00, get on the river about 9:30, stop on a sand bar for lunch and make camp on the river bank around 4:00-5:00. We may stop to look at old prospector’s cabins, pan gold, pick berries, fish, look at Indian pictographs, soak in hot springs, or scout a rapid. During July and August daytime temperatures are usually quite warm, and swimming is popular. We spend more time floating the Salmon River in late summer, as current speed slows, than in the faster water of July.

A Typical Day on the Salmon River:

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We do not have a rigid schedule varying stops according to the interest of your group.

  • First-class, freshly prepared meals
  • Explore old prospector’s cabins and pan for gold
  • Soak in the sun on sandy beaches and swim in the Salmon River
  • Fly-fish for world-famous Cut-throat trout
  • Hike to a waterfalls and photograph spectacular scenery
  • Inspect Indian pictographs, and ponder the myth of the “River of No Return”
  • Pick berries and soak in natural hot springs
  • Scout a rapid and run world-class whitewater on raft, kayak or drift boat
  • Unwind after your day in our comfortable sandbar camps or  riverside lodges

Come Whitewater Rafting with Aggipah River Trips and enjoy a memorable, top-quality river trip.

Our river guides are knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly, our rafting equipment is state of the art and our comfortable campsites along the Salmon River are breathtaking.  Idaho white water rafting scenery is unmatched.  We will entice you with unforgettable meals.  With three sections of the Salmon River to choose from, Aggipah River Trips ensures fun for all ages, a great river rafting vacation!

Confused by the variety of trips and times? Let us help match a trip to your interests.

Call Aggipah River Trips 877-705-7370 day or evening

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