Running the Salmon River is to be set free in one of nature’s wildest playgrounds. Comparable in size and volume to the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, the opportunities to challenge yourself are nearly boundless. The level of adventure you choose is limited only by your imagination and appetite.
With higher water levels in June and early July you will encounter massive wave trains and huge standing waves, making for a true big water experience. As July and August see water levels drop the river remains enticing with more opportunities to play in holes and eddies as rapids become more defined and technical. The Salmon is constantly changing in character as the season progresses, yet it always delivers on the promise of providing an incredible adventure.
Renown for its diversity of rapids and route options, the Salmon is the learning ground for new forms of river exploration. In addition to rafting you will have the opportunity to try your hand at paddling an inflatable kayak or a SUP (stand up paddle board) on one of the world’s premier whitewater schoolyards. Inflatable kayaks are the gateway to a lifelong addiction of kayaking allowing you to feel what it is like to skim across the water and navigate rapids in more nimble and personal watercraft. Similar to hard shell kayaks in handling yet easier to control and manage this is the perfect way for first timers and vets to get more out of their trip and take on the river in a new way.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP’ing) is one of the fastest growing means of river exploration and the Salmon River is one of the premier stretches for learning this new sport. Recruiting core muscle strength and balance while providing an exhilarating way to navigate both flatwater and rapids those with the desire to try and surf down a river will have the time of their lives.
The Salmon is also an ideal stepping stone for boaters with hardshell kayak and canoe experience. It’s big yet forgiving water allows intermediate boaters to step up their game and progress their skills with the aid of raft supported trips.
All along your trip you will have the opportunity to explore the canyon on foot. Taking the trails which traverse the banks of the river or exploring side canyons and ridgelines which lead to gems of discovery, your legs will be the only limiting factor. A short wander from camp lies the other side of the Salmon, the one which exists above the waterline. Your guides know the nooks and crannies of this diverse ecosystem and will show you as much as your river legs can handle.