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The Main Salmon

A relaxing family adventure in Idaho.

For right-brained people

Hello from Idaho's Main SalmonIt is hard to feel any stress on the Main Salmon; excitement for sure, but rarely stress. Once we launch, the whole place seems to stimulate relaxation. The water is warm, (except early in the season), the rapids are fun, (big waves, not a lot of rocks) and the scenery is vast and wonder-inducing, (grand mountains with giant pine trees and a clear side stream at almost every bend). Plus there is a one-of-a-kind, natural hotsprings that melts even the most uptight left-brainers. But it is far from boring: there are hills to climb, ranches to explore, pictographs to view, trails to hike, fish to catch, stories to hear and stars to see. The excitement comes from the small inflatable kayaks that we bring: the adventurous can run the rapids; the not-yet-adventurous can paddle themselves through the calm stretches and explore the river’s edge (and their own limits). Six days on Idaho's Main Salmon are like a year of Chamomile tea and lavender candles.

"I can't believe how hard your guides work and that camping could actually feel like a vacation. They made this one of the best experiences our family has ever had"

Beckie Riggs


For left-brained people:

  • The Main Salmon in one word:
  • Friendly
  • In another word:
  • Relaxing
  • Best known for:
  • Roller-coaster waves
  • No other trip has:
  • Bigger beaches
  • You can also:
  • Visit a guest ranch
  • Expect to:
  • Make connections
  • Signature Rapid:
  • Big Mallard
  • Types of boats:
  • Oar, paddle and inflatable kayak
  • Meeting Place:
  • Salmon, ID
  • Length in days: 5 or 6
  • Length in miles: 81
  • Overall difficulty: III
  • Highest difficulty (#): IV- (2) Rapids/day: ~ 10
  • Gradient: 12 feet/mile
  • Rapids:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • Scenery:spacer4 stars
  • Wilderness: 3 1/2 stars
  • Swimming:spacer5+ stars
  • Hiking:spacer4 stars
  • Campsites:spacer5+ stars
  • Wildlife:spacer4 stars
  • Fishing:spacer3 1/2 star
  • Sockeye Salmon

    Sockeye Salmon -
    (Oncorhynchus nerka) - "Sockeye" is a mispronunciation of “suk-kegh”, a Native American word for “red fish" and the wild sockeye of Idaho's Salmon River swim over 900 miles from the ocean, through eight reservoirs and to over 6,500 feet above sea level in order to reach their home waters; farther, higher and past more dams than any other stock of fish in the world.