If you are looking for a river rich in history with a variety of boating options, hiking, and relaxation, the Main Salmon River is a wonderful choice. No river in America provides a glimpse of our past as stunningly as this section of the Salmon River.
5-Day Camping Trips: Comfortable Wilderness Camping
Trip Orientation Meeting Location
All of our trips depart from Salmon, Idaho. Our pre-trip orientation is held at the Stagecoach Inn at 7:00 p.m. the evening prior to your departure date. For reservations at the Stagecoach Inn call 1-208-756-4251. For information about the town of Salmon visit www.salmonidaho.com
Both our 5-6 day camp and lodge trips start in the town of Salmon, Idaho, and end near the mountain town of McCall, Idaho. We put in at Corn Creek and take out at Carey Creek from early June to mid September. On the afternoon of day 5 or 6 your trip ends approximately 81 miles downstream. A charter van will meet us at the take out for the 1.5 hour drive to McCall. Once in McCall you are taken to your hotel or the airport, depending on your post trip schedule. However, you do have the option on lodge trips to take a scenic charter flight out of the canyon on your last day back to Salmon, McCall or Boise, Idaho. The cost for this flight is not included in the trip price.
5 Day Adult & Youth:$1290 / $725 (6-15) 6 Day Adult & Youth $1425 / $860 (6-15)
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Charter trips are available upon request for groups of 8 or more. If you are planning your trip in celebration of a special event, anniversary, family reunion, or you just want to spend some quality time with a group of friends, you may want to consider a private trip. If this is the type of trip you are interested in we recommend that you book early, to insure you get the launch date that best fits your schedule. For more information give us a call 1-866-872-5666
Our shuttle van will be ready for you and your gear in front of the Stagecoach Inn at 7:15 a.m. We will be leaving at 7:30 a.m. En route we will stop at the North Fork store for last minute personal supplies, fishing licenses, and to use the bathrooms. The drive from the Stagecoach Inn to the put in at Corn Creek is about a 2 hour scenery-filled drive, over both asphalt and dirt roads. Once you have arrived at Corn Creek everyone will then participate in a thorough water safety presentation, and head off down the Salmon River! This first day on the river starts out with rapids that feature fun roller coaster waves, such as Killum and Gunbarrel and Rainier Rapid.
This day allows everyone to get comfortable with the rapids, and ready for more whitewater action in the days to follow. We stop for lunch in the early afternoon, and after some more great rafting we arrive at camp in the late afternoon. Before Happy Hour, snacks and beverages are served, your guides will unload the gear boats and distribute tents, sleeping pads and your personal dry bags. They will also explain how the “bathroom” system works and help you with the set up of your personal camping gear. The evening flows into a night of delicious food, campfires, camaraderie, star watching, and more.
Camping Days 2 – 4
Each day our Salmon River rafting trips follow a similar routine, although we do like to keep our trips flexible and choose activities that suit each group.
Each day begins with a multi-course breakfast and fresh brewed coffee, as the sun slowly creeps into the canyon to dry the morning dew off your tent. After breaking camp, rigging the rafts and dawning your days river gear, we set out for the next adventure. The river offers a new experience each and every day, we may visit old Homesteads, Native American pictographs, Barth Hot Spring, Buckskin Bill’s compound, and run rapids such as Rainier Rapids, Black Canyon, Big Mallard, Chittam, and others. The Salmon River and canyon is blessed with a myriad for rafters to see and do, and we take in as much as humanly possible!
A delicatessen lunch is served in the early afternoon on the banks of the Salmon River, designed to fuel your system in gourmet style. Camp is set up in the early evening on either a spectacular natural white sandy beach or a grassy river bench in a wilderness forest setting. This gives you the opportunity to hike, fish, swim, play games, reflect with friends and family during happy hour or just relax under the shade and read a book.
Our dutch oven prepared dinners have been labeled as some of the finest outdoor cuisine imaginable and are presented each evening in our riverside dining room, complete with tables and chairs. Each night will be spent under the stars and the sound of this magical river will lull you to sleep.
After another hearty breakfast it is time to break camp down for the last time, load the rafts, and set out to enjoy our last day on the river. A short distance above Carey Creek take-out point, we stop for what will be our last lunch served on the banks of the Main Salmon River. We reach the take out point around 1 p.m. were our shuttle vehicle is awaiting our arrival. Here we say good-bye to the river and to our guides. The drive to McCall, Idaho is approximately 1.5 hours from the take-out. Once in McCall, depending on your post trip schedule you are taken to your hotel or the airport.
Vacations conducted in a wilderness area are mostly controlled by Mother Nature. So there may come a time that changes to the itineraries described above will need to be adjusted for reasons we can not control.
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