The Middle Fork Salmon and Main Salmon combine to form a nearly 200 mile trip through the heart of Idaho and the Frank Church Wilderness. These two canyons take you from the dense alpine forests in the headwaters, through deep granite gorges to the steep desert, rich with ponderosa pines. Exhilarating rapids and crystal clear pools for fishing and swimming are around every corner. The plentiful hotsprings of the Middle Fork followed by the beautiful beaches of the Main form a trip that is hard to beat. Relax in the oar boat, grab a paddle in the paddleboat, or captain your own inflatable kayak – you choose just how much excitement you want. A trip this long is not only a vacation but an exploration and adventure with your family and friends. Idaho, which has flown under the radar for many years, will surprise you with this journey through time and the rich history of this area.
Why continue down the Main?
The Main Salmon is a rare outdoor adventure that pairs a perfect beach vacation with the solitude of a vast wilderness. The July waters warm for great swimming and lounging on the beach. Or grab your hiking boots to explore historic homesteads and the rocky canyon ridge tops. There’s rappelling, too, for those looking for a challenge. While our veteran guides have the unique opportunity to navigate many different rivers throughout the summer, the Main Salmon is the one they hold near and dear. Our small group size (15 person max.) means your trip will be customized to your interests. Ask us about charter trips!
- 11 days, 180 miles
- Class II-III whitewater (maybe IV depending on type of year), perfect for families
- Refreshing water for swimming and paddling kayaks
- Huge sandy beaches for great games, comfortable camping and star-gazing
- Rich history of native americans, homesteads of pioneers, miners and legends of the river
- Many hot springs thoughout the trip
- Great hiking and wildlife
- Rapelling and Climbing
- Excellent Cutthroat Trout fishing