Whitewater rafting on Idaho’s famed and scenic Lower Salmon River in late summer treats you to a week of fun rapids and sleepy flat water, relaxing days of paddling through canyons, capped by delicious hot meals, stories of the day by a campfire, and warm camaraderie. Rafting novices and solo travelers are welcome!
Whitewater rafting is exhilarating, and AdventureWomen has created the perfect opportunity for women at all levels of experience to join the fun on the Lower Salmon River in Idaho. The Class II-III rapids on the Lower Salmon are adrenaline-pumping balanced with plenty of swimming and laid-back lounging. Every evening closes with sweet slumber in your tent pitched at the river’s edge, to end a day of adventure with an evening of mother and daughter time.
After arriving at your Lewiston, Idaho hotel, stow your gear and the two of you can head to a local brewhouse to meet your guides with whom you’ll be boating and camping. Over a gastro-pub style meal and a frosty pint, get to know your other rafting companions before the next day’s launch or “put in.”
Previous whitewater rafting experience is not required. You’ll just need a willingness to try paddling and learn how to steer the boat as a team, following your rafting guide’s commands! Friendly and experienced raft guides fit you with a personal flotation device (PFD), then lead you and your paddling companions through safety talks and explain how to follow their commands – “right turn,” “stop,” “back paddle” as a team. Don’t worry if you fall out of your raft; your experienced rafting guide is there to help you “self-rescue” and pop you right back in!
Along the way, your professional rafting guides will delight you with tales of the history, geology, and wildlife of Idaho’s Salmon River and even stop to show you indigenous art dating back thousands of years painted on the canyon walls. These talented outdoor leaders set up your tents, cook excellent camp meals, and regale you and your new friends with exciting stories as you relax in the evenings by a crackling campfire. Curious about the stars? Your guides will point out all the planets and constellations in the night sky amid the thicket of stars high overhead.
Some of the best hot spots for running the big white water rapids of the Lower Salmon River include Cougar Canyon and Snowhole Canyon. You’ll run big rapids here, including Snowhole, Bodacious Bounce, China, and the Gobbler. Power through the narrows at Blue Canyon on a long stretch of rapids, including Eye of the Needle, Checkerboard, Sluice Box, and Devil’s Slide. Conclude your five-day rafting trip on the Lower Salmon River, running the powerful rapids at the confluence of the Salmon with Idaho’s Snake River.
Throughout your week of rafting, you’ll enjoy warm solar showers at our riverside camps, as well as soap-free dips in the river along our route, but a hot shower after your rafting fun is a welcome respite on your return to civilization. Feeling fresh and dry, rejoin your river mates for a fun farewell meal with your excellent guides. The memories and bonding over whitewater thrills, campfire laughter, and quiet nights falling asleep, listening to the Salmon’s flows will last a lifetime.
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- Five days of whitewater rafting fun paddling the rapids of the Lower Salmon River
- Learn the basics of paddling as a team and how to read the river’s flows from experienced rafting guides
- Enjoy eating and relaxing around the campfire
- Learn about wildlife, geology, and Salmon River history and see native American Indian paintings
What You'll See and Do
- Natural Hot Springs
- Whitewater Rafting
- Wildlife Viewing