- Great Family Trip
- Big Water Class II-III whitewater
- Refreshing water for swimming and paddling kayaks
- Huge sandy beaches for great games, comfortable camping, and star-gazing
- Great Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Idaho’s legendary Salmon River remains one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the lower 48. As it reaches its confluence with the Snake, the river flows through a section known as the Canyons, or Gorges, of the Salmon. The landscape here is more wide open than other stretches of river, and the sandy beaches are big. In several of the canyon sections there are also some fun big water style rapids!
2021 Schedules and Prices
Lower Canyons of the Salmon
July 30th – August 3rd
August 23rd – 27th
August 31st – September 4th
*More dates available upon request
5-day trips ~ $1450.00
Included: Transportation to the river from Lewiston and from the river back to Lewiston. All meals starting with lunch the first day and ending with lunch the last day. We provide the use of our sleeping gear and tents, or you can bring your own gear and receive a $40 discount. We also provide you with Type V life vests, dry bags for your clothing and night gear as well as a small dry bag for use during the day.
Not included: Prices do not include motels before and after the trip, alcohol and guide gratuities.
Charter trips are available for groups of 6 or more. This means your group has reserved the entire trip. Ask for details.
Group discounts based upon the number of people in your party.
Discounts are also available for seniors and children. Please contact us for details.
DEPOSIT AND RESERVATION:
Payment: A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your trip with the remaining balance due 45 days prior to the trip.
Cancellation and Refunds: Operating quality trips is a costly operation with no margin for losses resulting from late cancellations. The space you reserve is held for you, and this may mean turning others away. Each trip is planned for the number of reserved spaces, guides engaged, supplies bought, rafts and vehicles assigned. If notice of cancellations is made more than 45 days prior to departure, you may transfer to any other trip in the same season without penalty. Otherwise the cost is non-refundable.
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you protect yourself with a short-term traveler’s insurance policy. In the case of an unexpected cancellation, traveler’s insurance will cover your losses on a variety of non-refundable trip costs.
Cancelled Trips: We reserve the right to cancel a trip due to insufficient reservations, weather, or water conditions. In such cases, a full refund for the trip is given. If possible, we will offer the option of a different trip of comparable type.
This is the suggested gear list for this particular trip. Having the right gear is important to making it the best possible experience for you. Most of the gear listed you will have or you can use it year-round on any outdoor excursion (football games, boating, skiing, etc.) We want you to have everything you will need to be comfortable and happy.
GEAR PROVIDED- SLEEPING BAG, PAD, GROUND CLOTH, AND TENT, LIFE JACKET, 2 WATERPROOF DUFFEL BAGS (one for sleeping bag, pad and ground cloth and one for clothing), WATERPROOF DAY BAG for items you would like accessible during the day (dry shirt, sunscreen, camera, etc.).
RAIN GEAR …2 piece with hood is best (avoid cheap plastic, vinyl, or poncho styles).
3 LIGHTWEIGHT SHIRTS …one long sleeved for sun protection.
2 PAIRS OF LONG PANTS…one lightweight and one warm
LONG UNDERWEAR…synthetic is much better than cotton!
SHORTS…lighter material dries fast, good to wear over swimsuit
SWIMSUIT…nylon is best because it dries fast.
CAP & WARM WOOL OR SYNTHETIC HAT …a must for everyone. In case of wind attach with a clip or croakie.
WARM JACKET…some evenings are cool. Synthetic piles are popular because they are warm even when damp.
SOCKS, 3-4 PAIR…One pair of wool for wearing in cool spring weather and several for hiking.
RUNNING SHOES OR HEAVY WALKING SHOES…For hiking and wearing around camp.
RIVER SANDALS or additional running shoes for wearing in the water. (Neoprene socks helpful on spring trips).
SUNGLASSES, TIES FOR GLASSES, an extra pair of prescription glasses even if you wear contacts.
SUNSCREEN & A SUN-SHIRT
SMALL DAY OR FANNY PACK… nice for side excursions.
1 LITER WATER BOTTLE
LOTION…the arid climate of the west can dry your skin out
ZIPLOCKS…good for all kinds of things including personal trash and organizing.
BIODEGRADABLE SOAP (if possible), TOWEL AND SHAMPOO
INSECT REPELLENT(occasionally there can be mosquitos in the early season)
FLASHLIGHT…small one works fine. Headlamps work great.
CAMERA…Many people choose to bring additional batteries as one is not quite enough for a whole trip.
FISHING EQUIPMENT if desired.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE, if desired (plastic or aluminum containers please).
Optional: small pillow, pillowcase or mesh bag for dirty clothes, book, journal or musical instrument, and fiesta-wear.
Wilderness River Outfitters provide a MAJOR FIRST AID KIT, however we do recommend you bring your own preferred personal medication and accessories (Advil, Tylenol, Aspirin, Band-Aids, and cold medicine).
Take care of you, that’s what the guides at WRO do (and enjoy doing!). If you’re looking for an off-the-grid adventure that includes sweeping sandy beaches, wildlife, sun (lots of sun) and delicious eats, a multi-day trip down the Lower Salmon River with Wilderness River Outfitters has it all.
The crew (shout-out to Seth, Dove, Tessa and Matthew) have the entire experience dialed. They expertly balance the thrill of running rapids with safety and will gladly cater the experience to your level of thrill-seeking. From rafts to duckies to SUPs, you can customize your on-water experience. At night, pitch your tent and relax, as the river runners turn into camp chef masters. From salmon to fajitas, pork chops to made-to-order steaks, every meal is delicious and every dinner is capped with a dutch oven delicacy (think chocolate chip cookies, upside down pineapple cake, brownies…).
On top of everything, the guides have a great mix of personalities, from storytellers to jokesters, amateur historians to geologists, their individual backgrounds makes the entire experience that more unique.
WRO has been taking people down rivers for more than 40 years. To say river running and the guest experience is in their genes isn’t even hyperbole! Book a trip with them, you won’t be disappointed.
We had an incredible trip. I have seen the world and this was by far the best trip I have ever been on. The kids were in their element and we cannot say enough about Jessie, Mark and especially Seth.
~John LaRussa, Alternate Path Adventures (Salmon River)
Seth, Ryan, Jessie and Kelly couldn’t have been a better team. They were bright, energetic, hard working and fun to be around. It seemed like none of us really wanted the togetherness and companionship to end—the boding of total strangers in an environment that was so beautiful and fun to be in and made so easy to adjust to by the hard work of your team.
~Randy Butler (Salmon River)
It was one of those special weeks that reminded us how much we mean to each other and the majesty of the Good Lord’s creation. Your guides Kelly and Mark were true joys! Personable and helpful, just remarkable young people. They not only guided us through the experience- they were a big part of the experience.
~James Box (Salmon River)
You do a fabulous job. Julian had the time of his life. On the way home he said, ‘I think I matured a bit on this trip.’
~Jude Rosenberg (Salmon River)
My family and I had a wonderful time on the Salmon last week and the experience was exciting and at all times safe in all parts due to your son Seth and his assistant Mark.
~Steven Dauria (Salmon River)
I was impressed with the guides dedication to preserving the environment of the pristine beaches and the water. That made a good impression on the kids too.
~Jennifer Trout (Salmon River)
Our guides did a superior job-they made things fun for the kids but still earned everyone’s respect. They helped all of us have a better time. All were extremely competent, happy, safe, and inspired confidence.
~Bud Woodall (Salmon River)
Amy and Jesse were terrific. I can’t believe how much fun Forrest had on the trip, I think that he will look back on it as one of the high points of his childhood. This trip exceeded my wildest hopes in terms of a positive experience.
~Evans Simpson (Hayden Creek Ranch/Salmon River combo)
From the moment we pushed away from shore to the moment we landed on day 6, it was all “the best.” Special praise for Seth, Mark & Jesse is in order, though. Except for some travel difficulties (our fault) this trip could not have gone better. The river, the scenery, the side trips, the food and the guides were ALL as good as it gets.
~Allyson Comstock & Bailey Jones (Salmon River)
The guides were beautiful in every way. They were patient, pleasant and so helpful.
~Mary Reese (Salmon River)
Being immersed in nature for 6 days was exquisite-especially with such wonderful food, great equipment from rafts to sleeping bags, and fantastic helpful, cheerful, interesting, caring guides.
~Mary L. Johnston (Salmon River)
I want to compliment your guides as competent, humorous, efficient, and great with the kids. Going without a watch was wonderful…. It was such a different way to relax. I find myself outside looking for something to do and I am also still sleeping in my sleeping bag.
~Jamie Nelson and Family (Salmon River)
The most amazing thing is that my 2nd and 3rd trip each got better exceeding my expectations.
~Chuck Holtz (Salmon River)
It was one of those special weeks that reminded us how much we mean to each other – and the majesty of the Good Lord’s creation. Your guides Kelly and Matt were true joys! Personable, helpful and remarkable young people. They not only guided us through the experience – they were a big part of the experience. Their generosity of spirit and knowledge of the river were awe inspiring.
~Jim and Janet Box (Salmon River)
It was beyond my expectations-fantastic experience!
~Blake Neal (Salmon River)
You have to experience it to believe what is written. Everyone should, at least once in their lives, live 6 days in the Wilderness of Idaho!
~Katie Stoiber (Salmon River)