Kayak Expedition

New in 2012! Kayak, Canoe or Cataraft the Salmon River of No Return. Explore 85 miles of the designated Wild & Scenic Main Salmon River in Idaho

Kayak, Canoe or Cataraft the Main Salmon

June 27-June 30th.  $799

Trip Type: Affordable  supported Kayak, Canoe or Cataraft trip the Main Salmon

Trip Length-85 miles through Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness. 3 nights/4 days

Meeting Location – Corn Creek Boat Launch.  1.5 hours west of North Fork Idaho.

Activity Levels – This trip is RESERVED for  Class III and IV boaters.  Kayaks, canoes and catarafts welcome.

Class -A number of Class II, big Class III with a handful of Fun Class IV.  Not comfy on Class IV?  Walking rapids and/or riding gear boats is always an option.

Includes –  All food, beverage,  kitchen/cooking supplies,  support rafts and guides.   A jet boat return to Corn Creek boat launch at the end of the trip.

What to Bring – All boating gear and camp equipment  including  tent, sleeping bags, headlamps and sleeping pads. Dry bags, kayak equipment, Paco Pads, and camp gear available for rent.

What to expect – Intimately experience the Frank Church Wilderness and Salmon River of No Return.   Expedition members expected to help with boat rigging and camp duties.  You will become part of the SAC river family.  Your days will be filled with laughter, rapids, wildlife, sun, sand and pure wilderness. Guests can expect to lose track of time, experience great food, comfortable camping and professional guides. TripAdvisor.com recently  ranked Sawtooth Adventure Company the #1 tour in Idaho.

Idaho’s Main Salmon Raft Trip Itinerary

4 night/ 5 Day Adventure – May, June and July

Day 1: 8:30 AM Salmon, Idaho Airport
Meet SAC and fellow guests at the airport in Salmon, Idaho at 8:30 am. After a quick meet and greet we drive deep into Idaho wilderness following the magical Salmon River downstream to Corn Creek,the jump-off for our adventure. Upon arriving at Corn Creek you will meet the remaining guide staff and receive your equipment. Following a safety exercise and healthy lunch we shove off into the largest wilderness in the US.

Days 2, 3, and 4: nothing but exploration, relaxation and adventure…
We keep our trips flexible and choose activities to suit each group. In order to accommodate varying comfort levels, guests can choose to challenge the rapids in an inflatable kayak, paddle raft or ride on a gear boat, each offering a different river experience. Our days on the river will be filled with epic vistas, fun rapids, hot springs, great food and historic homesteads. Each evening your guides will prepare amazing riverside cuisine while you enjoy beach games, fish, explore and relax.

Take-Out Day
The last morning on the river is always bitter-sweet. The anxiety of leaving the river behind and entering the real world is on everyone’s minds as we enjoy a riverside breakfast and load the boats for the final time. It’s not long and that anxiety is washed away by excitement as we approach Vinegar Falls, the biggest rapid on the trip. Following a clean run through Vinegar and a few smaller rapids we arrive at Carey Creek Boat Ramp, the end of our adventure. Guides and guests will re-live the adventure over our last lunch before parting ways. While guides clean and pack the gear guests will enjoy a scenic drive back to McCall, Idaho to their awaiting hotel, connecting flight or car.

All August & September Trips are 5 night/6 Days

Frequently Asked Questions

Appropriate Ages
Sawtooth Adventure Company recommends a minimum age of 6 years old

Trips include healthy and delicious riverside meals such as pork tenderloin, baked Salmon, enchiladas, grilled veggies, Dutch Oven entrees, appetizers, fresh salads, made-to-order omelet bar, fresh fruit, yogurts, granola and amazing desserts. We can accommodate all dietary requests with advanced notice.

A healthy variety of beverages including coffee, juices, water, sodas, beer, wine and mixers are included on every trip.

Comfortable Camping
Does 4 nights camping scare you? After you experience the SAC level of comfy-camping we guarantee you will be a fan. You can’t have fun if your’e not comfortable, that’s why we call it Glam-ping. We bring along tons of comfy camping extras including comfy hammocks, huge shade/rain canopy, beach chairs, river mattresses, laundered sleeping bags & 4 man spacious tents for every 2 people.

River Equipment & Camp Gear
We are serious when we claim to provide everything. Guest are only required to bring personal items, clothes, toothbrush and pillow. We will send you a recommended clothing list to make sure you are comfy.

Boat Options
Depending on the rapids, weather and your aptitude for adventure you choose between oar boats, paddle boats,1 and 2 person inflatable kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and our new hyrdospeed.

Our multi-day guides are the best of the best. They are SAC’s veteran guides who have proven over the years and countless river miles that they know how to safely lead you through this adventure, introducing you to everything that makes the Salmon River so magical.. They are professional, kind, helpful, fun and most importantly great role models for your children.

Rates, Travel Options & Group Discounts

4 Night/5 Day Trip: Adults $1299 Students (6-18) $899
5 Night/6 Day Trip*: Adults $1399 Students $999

All trips begin at the Salmon, Idaho airport and end at the airport in McCall. Price does not include air transportation, vehicle shuttles, and pre/post trip lodging. Please choose one of the following options to accommodate your groups travel logistics.

Salmon Option: $350 per vehicle + gas
This option is for groups who prefer to drive to Salmon, Idaho. This is the ideal option for groups touring the National Parks. We will shuttle your vehicle to Carey Creek, Idaho (480 miles)where your vehicle will be waiting and the end of the adventure. Please call for lodging recommendations in Salmon.

McCall Option: $199 per person- Recommended!
This is our most popular option and offers the best trip quality. McCall, Idaho should not be missed. McCall is a quaint resort town situated on a large alpine lake in the Idaho mountains. McCall hosts a variety of lodging options, restaurants, shopping and exploring. Guests will meet at the McCall Airport at 7 a.m. and experience a 1 hour scenic flight over Idaho’s vast wilderness to Salmon, Idaho. At the end of your trip you will be driven back to your car at the McCall Airport. Please call for McCall lodging recommendations.

Boise Option: $400 per person
Perfect for guests arriving at (BOI) Boise International Airport. This option includes regional air service from BOI to Salmon and from McCall to BOI. Please call for lodging recommendations at BOI.

* Starting with our August 6th launch all trips are a 5 night/ 6 day adventure. Guests may shorten the trip to a 4 Night/5 Day by flying out from a riverside lodge. Please call for details

Reservation Details

$500 per person deposit is required to reserve. The remaining balance is due 45 days before your trip. Cancellations prior to 45 days before your trip will result in a $200 per person cancellation fee. Trip Cancellations within 45 days do not receive a refund, but are fully transferable to any person or any future date at no cost.

Group Pricing

Group Pricing Chart

Group discount is applied to the trip cost only and is not reflected in your transportation option.

Trip Dates

JUNE- electric green foliage and high water
June 19th -23rd
June 27th – July 1st

JULY- big rapids & wildflowers
July 5th – 9th
July 13th- 17th
July 21th- 25th
July 29th- Aug 2nd: Annual Kids Trip- few spots remaining, call now!

AUGUST- great weather & huge beaches
August 6th- 10th-
August 14th- 18th
August 22st – 26th
August 30- September 3rd

SEPTEMBER- fishing & lodge trips
September 7th- 11th
September 15th- 19th

Salmon River Family Raft Trip Photos

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