Dakota Goodman

Professional River Guide
 Where did you grow up?

Arcata, California

Where do you call home now?

Moscow, Idaho

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Everything! Meeting new people, hanging out with my family, spending time in beautiful places and sleeping under the stars.

Tell us about your favorite rapid, hike or camp and what makes it special

On the Middle Fork of the Idaho Salmon River there is a beautiful creek side hike to an ancient Yew grove. It is a very peaceful and magical spot where you can take a few deep breaths and really appreciate where you are.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I kiss my river necklace before big rapids.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Not including all the essential guide gear, my camera. I bring my camera on every single trip with me. I love photography and capturing the magnificence of the places where I feel most at home.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental History, a minor in Human Rights and an emphasis in Psychology, and a B.S. in Society and the Environment. My concentration at Berkeley was in California water resources, issues, and management. Currently, I am in a dual JD/Ph.D. program at the University of Idaho, for western water resources Law, Policy and Management. I want to dedicate my career to saving rivers; the magical places I call home.