Lower Salmon

River Stats

If you are dreaming of a white-sand vacation no need to travel overseas, just come to Idaho.  The Canyons of the Lower Salmon River are filled with enormous beaches that rival any postcard from the tropics with the best part being how they are accessed; by running the whitewater with one of the many incredible companies who operate on the Lower Salmon River. This section of river in July and August has warm water where kids will swim for hours from the beach in camp and from the raft in the pools between rapids.  The rapids themselves are primarily roller coaster class III’s perfect for splashing and exciting but not overwhelming.  

Most trips on the Lower Salmon range from 3-5 days and each day of travel rafters float through the bottom a new scenic canyon.  The new canyon each day is filled with unique scenery and its own collection of thrilling whitewater, different from the days before, all culminating in the biggest canyon of the trip one of the most magnificent canyons on the entire 400 miles of the Salmon River.

So if you are looking for a great whitewater escape for everyone in your family, from the youngest to the oldest, the Lower Salmon is a place that everyone can fall in love with.


  • ROW Adventures

    ROW Adventures

    ROW Adventures has been Idaho's premier rafting outfitter since 1979

  • Idaho Afloat

    Idaho Afloat

    When you raft Idaho with us, you can expect the ride of a lifetime.

  • Idaho Guide Service Inc.

    Idaho Guide Service Inc.

    Outfitters on over 400 miles of the Snake and Salmon Rivers. Rafting, kayaking, sup & scenic motor boat tours.

  • Minam Store Outfitters

    Minam Store Outfitters

    Rafting, fly fishing, and chukar hunts on the Wallowa, Grande Ronde, Snake River through Hells Canyon, and the Lower Salmon River.  We don't cut corners.

  • H2O Idaho

    H2O Idaho

    We offer rafting, fishing, Swift Water Rescue, and guiding instruction.

  • OARS


    Join OARS for a wild & scenic river adventure in Idaho

  • Adventure Idaho

    Adventure Idaho

    Over 30 years of experience rafting on the Salmon and Snake Rivers. The best choice for family friendly whitewater rafting trips.

  • Aggipah River Trips , LLC

    Aggipah River Trips , LLC

    We've known the Salmon River country for over 50 years, headwaters to mouth, mountain top to river, and look forward to sharing it with you. We specialize in first class trips featuring local, natural, and cultural history, camp-fire and dutch-oven meals, and top of the line equipment. Local, family owned and operated. Private, theme, and lodge trips available. 1-6 day trips.

  • Wilderness River Outfitters

    Wilderness River Outfitters

    Wilderness River Outfitters is a family-owned and operated business based in Salmon, Idaho, founded by Joe and Fran Tonsmeire in 1972. Almost half a century later, WRO is still providing quality outdoor adventures on some of the finest wilderness rivers in Idaho, from the rugged desert canyons of the Owyhee basin to the pristine mountain streams of the Frank Church. 

  • Gary Lane's Wapiti River Guides

    Gary Lane's Wapiti River Guides

    Whitewater by dory and raft. Steelhead fishing, salmon fishing, and chukar hunting by driftboat and raft. Natural history emphasized.

  • Winding Waters River Expeditions

    Winding Waters River Expeditions

     We’re proud to offer world class, multi-day, expedition style, guided whitewater rafting and fishing adventures on the Salmon River, Snake River through Hells Canyon, and the Grande Ronde River. All of our trips are fully guided and require no previous whitewater rafting experience. We look forward to planning your next adventure.

  • Orange Torpedo Trips

    Orange Torpedo Trips

    For over 50 years we have been helping active travelers and families explore rivers. We specialize in the more active traveler looking for an authentic experience.

  • Helfrich River Outfitters

    Helfrich River Outfitters

    Your experience is our top priority! Family owned and operated since 1922. Let us guide you on the most relaxing yet exciting and deluxe vacations anywhere. Choose between fly fishing, whitewater rafting or enjoy a combination of both as you relish the wonders of Idaho’s Middle Fork Canyon. Our luxurious camps include amenities like dining tables, arm chairs, big tents, cots and we even have hot showers! 

  • Hells Canyon Raft

    Hells Canyon Raft

    Since 1983, our multi-day river trips have set the bar.  Hells Canyon, the Snake River 3-5 day trips, and the beautiful Salmon River 4-5 day trips.  Rafting, hiking, fishing, camping Adventures.  Ages 5-100.  

  • Three Rivers Rafting

    Three Rivers Rafting

    Three Rivers Rafting is a small, family run outfit that's been serving the public for over 25 years. We love big white water, fishing, relaxing, and making our guests feel at home with us.

  • America's Rafting Company

    America's Rafting Company

    3-5 day all-inclusive river adventures on the best trip in Idaho. Whitewater raft, fish, swim, hike, kayak, camp and enjoy scratch-made restaurant-quality food. Novice to expert, we will take care of you and customize the trip to your liking.

  • Salmon Raft

    Salmon Raft

    Rafting & fishing trips leave daily from our McCall Boathouse

  • Idaho River Adventures, Inc.

    Idaho River Adventures, Inc.

    Family owned and operated business offering Middle Fork and Main Salmon trips.

  • Hughes River Expeditions, Inc.

    Hughes River Expeditions, Inc.

    Hughes River Expeditions is a family owned and operated business that has been outfitting world-class river rafting and fly fishing trips on rivers in the West since 1976. You will find us on some of the Idaho's most spectacular whitewater and fishing rivers: Idaho's famous Middle Fork of the Salmon, Main Salmon-River of No Return, Salmon River Canyons & Selway Rivers.