No traffic or cell phones – just the splash of rushing whitewater as you ride the river through deep, arid canyons accessible only by the Salmon River. The Salmon is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, and the route takes you through the two deepest river gorges in North America, traversing parts of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. From the launch site near Whitebird, Idaho, wind your way through the rugged Salmon River Gorge to join the Snake River in Hell's Canyon. From the confluence, float the final roadless miles of Hell's Canyon to the take-out at Heller Bar near Lewiston.
Join your guide and fellow adventurers in one of the rafts, or challenge the river solo in an inflatable kayak. This 70-mile stretch of the Salmon and Snake Rivers takes you through over 20 sets of whitewater rapids, ranging from Class II to IV. Thanks to your expert guides, this exciting trip is great for both new and experienced paddlers alike.
The Salmon River has an abundance of pristine white sand beaches set beneath towering mountains and forested cliffs, making for some of the most scenic riverside camping anywhere in the world. Meals will include generous portions of hearty Western fare. Rubicon Outfitter's rafting guides pride themselves in their dutch oven cuisine, and each morning you'll wake to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. At night, you can choose to tent camp or just sleep out under the blanket of the Milky Way. The deep gorge frames the clear Western night sky, revealing an incredible starry view in this remote wilderness.