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Main Fork - Salmon River

Basics
Location:
Running east-west through central Idaho, from Salmon to Grangeville.
River:
Salmon River
Class:
Class III - IV
River Length
80 miles
Time:
5 to 7 days
Season:
April to September

Description

The Main Salmon is most often run along the westerly stretch through the wilderness areas in the center of Idaho. Gaining volume as other streams and rivers join it, most notable its own Middle Fork, the Salmon passes through a variety of well-preserved terrain in this gorgeous area of the country.

Starting from various put-in points west of the town of Salmon, rafters will quickly drift into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, a vast, federally protected area of forested mountain hills and narrow gorges. Wild animals from river otters to bighorn sheep roam this area freely. Side trips to hot springs and hiking trails break up the trip, as do frequent exciting rapids, although none as technical as those to be found on the Middle Fork.

Trips typically last from five to seven days, since there is no access to roads within the center of the wilderness area. Put in points are near Salmon; take out spots are within a few hour’s drive of McCall.

Tour Companies

  • Salmon River, Snake River, Hells-Canyon-National-Recreation-Area
  • Rafting
  • 866-904-1161

Western River Expeditions Idaho River runners at any level of experience are bound to find the right rafting trip with Western River Expeditions. If you've never run a river or slept outdoors, you are like many of our guests. Relax. We design our trips to be comfortable and accessible to most everyone, regardless of experience. After all, this is your vacation.

  • Main & Lower Salmon
  • Rafting
  • 800-624-6323

Holiday River Expeditions - Rafting Since 1966, Holiday Expeditions has provided trips to the most spectacular landscapes on earth. Today, we offer whitewater rafting in Utah, Colorado and Idaho, on the Colorado, Green, Yampa, San Juan and Salmon rivers. Click here for the ride of your life!

River Details

Class:
Class III - IV
River Length
80 miles
Time
5 to 7 days
Season:
April to September
Guides Available?
Yes

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