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Idaho is Primed for a Big Whitewater Season. Here's how to experience it.

Discover how this year's abundant snowpack impacts Idaho's rivers and sets the stage for exhilarating whitewater rafting experiences!

Attention, adventure seekers and whitewater rafting enthusiasts! Idaho is gearing up for an unforgettable big water season, thanks to an above-average snowpack that promises high water runoff and heart-pounding rapids. But what does this mean for the everyday person interested in exploring Idaho's rivers? Here, we'll dive into the facts and numbers behind the snowpack, discuss its impact on our rafting adventures, and explore how this exceptional season can provide an incredible experience for adventurers of all skill levels.

The Numbers Behind the Snowpack:

This year, Idaho's snowpack is significantly higher than average, with some areas reporting snowpack percentages well above 135%. This deep snow accumulation has also been observed in neighboring states like California and Utah, making for a remarkable season throughout the region. As the snow melts, it leads to increased water runoff, creating ideal conditions for thrilling whitewater rafting experiences.

Flooding in the News:

With such a substantial snowpack, flooding has made headlines in some parts of the region. While this may cause concern for some, it's important to remember that experienced whitewater outfitters prioritize safety above all else. We monitor water levels and adjust our trips accordingly to ensure the best possible experience for our guests.

USGS Gauges used to monitor river levels. Blue dots indicate above average levels.

Now, let's revisit the three categories of adventures you can choose from during this big water season and when to go:

1. Young Adrenaline Junkies: Big Water, Bigger Thrills!

If you're a young adventurer craving massive waves, chances of ending up in the river, and the ultimate adrenaline rush, our big water adventures are perfect for you! This will push your limits and challenge your teamwork abilities. The first three weeks of June will offer the highest water levels and the most exhilarating rapids. Get ready for an unforgettable experience with our expert guides as you brave roaring waters and embrace the excitement of the river. This heart-pumping adventure isn't for everyone, but if you're up for the challenge, we guarantee a blast!

Don't miss the Big Water Blowout event on Saturday, June 3, in Riggins, Idaho. Conquer the Class IV rapids of Ruby and Lake Creek, and join us afterward for a dutch oven cookoff and live music to celebrate your victory!

2. The Balanced Adventurer: Fun Rapids with a High Margin of Safety

For those seeking a thrilling yet secure rafting experience, join us in July for our normal season. Adventure Idaho's experienced guides will lead you through fun rapids, providing an adrenaline rush while ensuring a high margin of safety. Navigate exciting waves and experience the beauty of Idaho's rivers without the extreme intensity of our big water adventures.

3. Family River Vacation: Fun Rapids, Warm Water, and Great Weather

Looking for a river vacation the whole family can enjoy? From late July through August, grandparents and grandkids alike will love our family-friendly rafting adventures. Inflatable kayaks will entertain even the most adventurous teenagers. Everyone can enjoy fun rapids, warm water, and gorgeous weather as you bond with your loved ones and create lifelong memories.

Where to go?

Choose from half or full-day runs on the Riggins Daily, perfect for any adventurer. With Adventure Idaho, you'll benefit from our experienced guides, wetsuits, and a delicious lunch on full-day trips. After a day on the river, opt for an unforgettable prime rib dinner overlooking the beautiful Idaho scenery.

Immerse yourself in a 4-day journey down the Main Salmon River, experiencing big water, deep canyons, and breathtaking views. Adventure Idaho offers the perfect combination of thrilling rapids and awe-inspiring scenery that will leave you with memories to cherish forever.

Warm water, class III rapids offering a thrilling adventure for the whole family.


With Idaho primed for a big water season, now is the perfect time to embark on an unforgettable rafting adventure. Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping thrills, a safe yet exciting journey, or a family-friendly vacation, Adventure Idaho has an experience tailored just for you. Book your trip today, and let the adventure begin!

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