Idaho > Gorges of the Lower Salmon River Rafting

Gorges of the Lower Salmon River Rafting

4 or 5 Days from $949
Trip Highlights
  • Exciting Class III whitewater
  • Riverside camping on sandy beaches
  • Abundant wildlife including river otters and big horn sheep
  • Try out a stand up paddleboard (SUP)
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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The season runs July - September.

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Departure Dates

4 Days: July 6, 12, 20, 22, 28, 30
5 Days: August 4, 7, 12, 15, 20, 23, 31

Specialty Departures

Adult-Only: August 12
Beer: July 14; September 7
Kayak School: July 21
SUP: July 30

Meeting Place
Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston, Idaho

4 Days
Adult: $ 949* to $1049
Youth: $849 to $949
Beer: $1129* to $1229
SUP Experience
Adult: $1144* to $1244
Youth: $989* to $1089

5 Days
Adult: $1099* to $1199
Youth: $949* to $1049
Kayak School: $1399

*Premiere Pricing! Available when you're one of the first four people to book by March 31, 2016.

Deposit: $250

River Rating Minimum Age
Class III7 (12 during high water)
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Lower Salmon River Rafting in Idaho - Overview

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Soak up the sun. Watch the little ones. Ramble with the river. The Lower Salmon River in Idaho meanders warm, wide and mellow, making it a great rafting getaway for young families or beginning rafters. Idaho's Salmon River is home to some of America’s most beautiful inland river beaches, super-sandy and sprawling alongside clear, mellow pools which are perfect for stand up paddle boarding and playing in inflatable kayaks. There’s no shortage on thrill seeking too. Some of Idaho’s most famous whitewater rapids, gorges and viewscapes—like Demons Drop, Snow Hole and Blue Canyon are just around the bend. The Lower Salmon River exhibits a side of Idaho seldom seen by most visitors. Distinguished from the forests and mountains that make up much of Idaho’s wilderness, this river runs through the warmer, drier canyon country of the Seven Devils. The Lower Salmon is also a veritable treasure chest of intriguing stories and relics from the past. Known human history dates back to a mind-boggling 10,000 years ago when the first humans inhabited the river canyon, leaving a wealth of Native American rock art.

Lower Salmon River Rafting in Idaho - Itinerary at a Glance

  • Depart Lewiston for a scenic drive to Hammer Creek in Idaho
  • Visit the Nez Perce Museum in Spalding and learn about ancient pictographs
  • Rollercoaster, Green Canyon, Wright Way Drop, Demons Drop and Pine Bar rapids
  • Journey through Cougar and Snow Hole canyons—each offering a uniquely different perspective on this wild river corridor
  • Visit remnants of ancient Indian cultures and the remains of Chinese stone houses
  • Try Snow Hole Canyon’s most exciting rapids: Half and Half, Snow Hole and China
  • Spot eagles, osprey, river otters, beaver, cougar and bighorn sheep
  • Slide Rapid marks the entrance to Blue Canyon, the most spectacular of the four gorges
  • Impressive hike to a vista point, join the Snake River and swim a rapid
  • Pass the confluence with the Grande Ronde; arrive at Heller Bar for shuttle to Lewiston

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“My wife, daughter and I would like to express our delight with the O.A.R.S. trip we took down the Lower Salmon Gorge this year. There were so many highlights it would be impossible to list them all. But without a doubt the one highlight we have to mention was the crew assigned to our trip. They were six of the finest young men my wife and I have met. We will always remember our first river trip because of the spirit, enthusiasm, professionalism, safety and fun they constantly provided. A company is only as good as its staff and if our crew is representative of the rest of your company, what can I say but You are the greatest, congratulations and Thank You.
Ernie, Debra & Emmaline Mauritson ~ Glendale, CA

“We just returned from our first trip with your company. We just wanted to let you know that we had a great time and we absolutely loved our guides. They made the trip so much fun for us all (and even our finicky, high-maintenance kids!) We look forward to our next trip on the Middle Fork either next year or the year after that. Seriously, it was even better than we thought it would be. We are having river withdrawal in a big way! Being parents isn't always an easy job and we think an important part of it is to give your kids experiences that they can keep with them in their heart. It is safe to say that this trip will be with them in their hearts and minds (ours too!) for a long time and a big part of that is due to our guides. We thank them for that and much more! Looking forward to seeing the river and them again as SOON as possible! ”
The Jordahl Family ~ Springboro, OH

“By all means, the trip leader and 2 other boatmen absolutely made the trip---I especially liked the emphasis on cleanliness and safety. The meals were very nutritious. I was able to see a part of Idaho I have never seen, having lived here all my life. The lower Salmon was a feast in more ways than one.”
Pamela Marcum ~ Boise, ID

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June 55-90 45-55
July 60-100 55-75
August 70-100+ 55-70
September 65-95 45-70
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June 45-55
July 55-65
up to 70 by end of July
August 65-70
September 65-70

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

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