Rafting & Kayaking in IdahoSalmon Idaho
It’s no surprise that Idaho tops several lists when it comes to river sports. Idaho is home to the most navigable miles (3100) of whitewater in the continental USA. Whatever your skill level or available time, there are miles of adventure to discover on Idaho’s rivers.
The first commercial river rafting trips in the United States were launched in Idaho. Idaho outfitters always have been standard setters for the industry who can advise and take you on whitewater experiences ranging from easy 2-hour floats, one and two-day options for the time poor, to the excitement of a week- long adrenaline-fueled adventure and the wildest of whitewater.
The Salmon river is the most famous river in Idaho, and comprises different sections of the more than 300 miles for different experiences. The Middle Fork Salmon River is a legend in its own right and drops 3000 feet during its 105 mile Idaho rafting journey through Idaho's remote and spectacular River of No Return Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. It is protected by Congress as one of America’s first Wild and Scenic Rivers and its whitewater rapids are perfect for all ages.
Families with younger children can play on river beaches, explore Indian rock art and pioneer homesteads on specially designed rafting trips.
The Snake river is another Idaho legend where you can try raft-supported hiking trips. Or, immerse yourself in spectacular American grandeur of America's deepest river gorge on a four or five-day Snake River in Hells Canyon trip. Other options in Idaho include the Bruneau river that carves its way through a remote wilderness of awe-inspiring deep canyons.
Or try an inflatable kayak adventure on one of Idaho's most remote river trips along the upper reaches of the Owyhee. For those with more experience, the Lochsa River is Idaho's wildest class IV whitewater run - perfect for experts and thrillseekers.
- The serenity of a float trip – or adrenaline excitement of a whitewater rafting experience- on the most scenic rivers in the USA
- The views from the bottom of the America’s deepest river gorge
- The River of No Return wilderness- the largest wilderness area in continental US
- The remote location means a significant fly-drive journey to the starting point
- Be sure to match your choice of river experience with what you are looking for and ages of participants
Fly from Australia to any US west coast arrival point (eg LAX/SFO) to Missoula, Montana. Car rentals are available at the Missoula Montana airport. It is a beautiful 2.5-hour drive to Salmon, Idaho.
The class of rapids and level of water in the river can make for challenging rafting and kayaking. Be sure to check the level of expertise required (from family-friendly to advanced).