Main Salmon Wilderness Gourmet 6 Days


Chef Aaron Woo of Portland, Oregon

Chef Aaron Woo, winner of Cooking Light’s 2013 Trailblazing Chef Award, is no stranger to the outdoors. Before he began his career in cooking, Woo and his wife met working for outdoor gear giant, Patagonia, spending their off days skiing, climbing, hiking, and fishing in Alaska and Wyoming. In recent years, Woo showcased his culinary talents at his much-loved Portland restaurant, Natural Selection, where he became known for coaxing incredible flavors and textures out of common vegetables. Aaron now resides in Hood River, Oregon.

Sawtooth Winery will showcase their wines that enhance the spirit of adventure, the mystique and the natural beauty that lies within the snowcapped mountains crisp, clean rivers of Idaho.

Although all river trips with OARS offer delicious and hearty food choices, the Main Salmon Wilderness Gourmet Adventure is a river-loving foodie’s dream: gourmet, fresh and often organic meals prepared by a renowned chef, paired with regionally sourced wines and micro brews. The impressive cuisine will be restaurant quality, matching delicious food with exciting whitewater and gorgeous scenery on this all-inclusive adventure like no other.

Chef Brandon
Gourmet evening meal on the Main Salmon River

Perhaps the most popular rafting trip in Idaho and the main section of the longest undammed river in the mainland U.S., the Main Salmon offers a rich river experience. Inappropriately dubbed the ‘River of No Return’ by early river runners, the Salmon is in fact a river you’ll want to return to repeatedly. The Wild & Scenic Main Salmon is ideal for our full fleet of watercraft. Guests may ride in an oar boat one day and a wooden dory the next, then challenge the whitewater hands-on in a paddle raft, SUP or inflatable kayak.

Main Salmon River rafting
The Main Salmon River plays host to many boat types including rafts, dories and inflatable kayaks

Free-flowing Class III whitewater that’s great for any age and experience level, big sandy beaches perfect for camping and playing, beautiful mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, and a natural hot spring are among the hallmarks of the Main Salmon River.

Learn more about the Main Salmon River

Watch a time-lapse of the Main Salmon River

Watch a dory adventure on the Main Salmon

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