Whitewater rafting on Idaho’s famed and scenic Lower Salmon River in late summer 2020 treats you to a week of fiercely-fun rapids and sleepy flat water, relaxing days of paddling through canyons, capped by delicious hot meals, stories of the day by campfire, warm camaraderie and laughter, and the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had. Rafting novices are welcome!
Whitewater rafting on a big river is exhilarating and AdventureWomen has created the perfect opportunity for women at all levels of experience to hop in and join the fun on the Lower Salmon River in Idaho! The Class II-III rapids on the Lower Salmon are pure adrenaline-pumping excitement but there will also be plenty of swimming and laid-back lounging, while every evening brings sweet slumber as you drift to sleep in your tent pitched at the river’s edge.
River life and pubs just go together, so after arriving at your Lewiston, Idaho hotel, stow your gear and head to a popular local brew house to meet your guides and the sporting women with whom you’ll be boating and camping. Over a gastro-pub style meal and a frosty pint, get to know your 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 paddling team, following your rafting guide’s commands! Your friendly and experienced raft guides will help get you fitted in your 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 able teammates and experienced rafting guide are 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 are truly ambidextrous, setting up your tents, cooking amazing camp meals, and regaling 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, where you’ll be running big rapids including Snowhole, Bodacious Bounce, China, the Gobbler, followed by powering 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. As you take-out your raft riverside, you’ll raise your paddle in the air with your companions and let out a big “Yee Haw!!”
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 at the conclusion of 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 where you can enjoy a little more time with your incredible guides and the women paddling companions you’ve bonded with over your five days of whitewater thrills, campfire laughter and quiet nights falling asleep, listening to the Salmon’s flows.
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Never been rafting before? No sweat! Look at how much fun you can have as you watch our Canadian Rockies group brave the whitewater!
- 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