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4 Days on the Lower Salmon: A Family Adventure Awaits!

Updated: Jan 27

Looking for a fantastic family adventure this summer? Consider rafting the Lower Salmon River! This river offers an unforgettable experience that's both budget-friendly and packed with excitement.


Discover the Hidden Gem of Rafting

The Lower Salmon River is a treasured secret among seasoned rafters, known for its towering cliffs, fun rapids, ancient history, warm waters, and expansive sandy beaches. Offering the same remote, pristine feel as its more famous counterparts, the Lower Salmon stands out with its accessibility and affordability, devoid of the hefty price tag and complicated permit process.


China Rapid - Lower Salmon Canyons Rafting
China Rapid - Lower Salmon River

Family-Friendly Rafting with a Splash of Adventure

The Lower Salmon is ideal for families, offering rapids ranging from Class III to VI-. With larger beaches and warmer waters, it's a paradise for children and adults alike. Teens can take on the challenge of inflatable kayaks for added thrill. Imagine navigating through rapids, building sandcastles on sprawling beaches, and sharing stories under the stars. It's an experience that your family will talk about for years to come.

Log Jump - Lower Salmon
Log Jump - Lower Salmon

Plan Your Trip with Ease

  • Duration and Difficulty: Most groups complete the 52-mile stretch to the confluence with the Snake River in 4 days, with rapids suitable for intermediate to advanced rafters.

  • Jetboat Option: At the confluence, some groups will take a jetboat up the Snake River rapids while others will complete the 20 mile float down to Heller Bar.

  • Noteworthy Rapids: 'The Slide' rapid can be challenging at high water, while 'Snowhole' and 'China' offer thrilling Class IV experiences.

  • Best Time to Visit: For a family-friendly adventure, plan your trip after early July when the river levels are more manageable and the waters are warmer.

Camping on the Lower Salmon

One of the highlights of the Lower Salmon River is its camping spots. You'll find massive, sandy beaches perfect for camping, playing, and relaxing.


Sandy Beach Camping Lower Salmon
Sandy Beach Camping

Shuttle Options for Convenience

  • Row to Heller Bar: Experience the full 72-mile journey to Heller Bar, navigating through the slow water of the last 20 miles.

  • Jet Boat Shuttle: For a unique twist, opt for a jet boat shuttle, turning your rafting trip into an even more memorable adventure. See map to understand this interesting loop.

Fishing Opportunities

Anglers rejoice! The Lower Salmon is teeming with steelhead, smallmouth bass, and sturgeon. Just make sure to get your Idaho fishing license in advance.


Adventure Idaho: Your Partner for Family-Friendly Fun

Adventure Idaho takes this hidden gem to the next level with our budget-friendly family trips. Our excursions include the thrill of a jetboat ride, ensuring a unique and memorable experience for everyone. Our family-friendly guides are not only experts in navigating the river but also in making each trip fun, safe, and engaging for all ages.


Kids playing lower salmon river
Never A Dull Moment

Meals on the Go

With Adventure Idaho, you don't just get an adventure; you get meals included too! Our trips include delicious, hearty meals prepared by our skilled guides. From breakfast to dinner, every dish is designed to fuel your adventure, adding an extra layer of satisfaction to your rafting experience. Check out the menu on our site.


China Rapid Lower Salmon Canyons Rafting Trip
Safe and Thrilling Rapids

Join the Adventure!

Ready to embark on this exciting journey? Whether you're an experienced rafter or prefer a guided trip, the Lower Salmon River has something for everyone. Visit our website for more information and to plan your family's next big adventure: Adventure Idaho Rafting - Lower Salmon. Family trips starting at $795 - adult, $495 - child.



Need More Info?

If you have questions or need to rent equipment, stop by the Adventure Idaho Store in Riggins. Our team is ready to help you make the most of your Lower Salmon River experience.


See you on the river!

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