Main Salmon

River Stats

For any family looking for one of the premier river adventures in the U.S. the Main Salmon should be on the list.  Big splashy class III and IV rapids, mixed with smaller whitewater and placid pools mean this trip has all the excitement one could want without having too much.  The camps are often large beaches with big eddies in front that make for great games of bocci and plenty of swimming.  The river canyon is full of trails to explore with many of them taking hikers to old abandoned homesteads where kids and parents alike can image what life must have been like for the hearty breed of humans who have made the canyon home decades ago. Finally, if you enjoy hot springs, the Main Salmon has one of the best hot springs of any river in the U.S.  Picture sitting in a chest deep tub, 150 feet up the hillside from the river in water not too hot and not too cold, but just right with a view up a canyon filled with vertical granite walls. There is simply nothing like it.

When one floats the Main Salmon River they typically spend 4-6 days journeying over 80 miles and essentially traveling across the entire state of Idaho, going from the eastern border in Salmon to the western border in Riggins.  In this journey rafters float through the heart of the largest wilderness area and the second deepest canyon in the United States, filled with wildlife from eagles, deer, and otters, to black bears, big horn sheep and even moose. So come explore one of the wildest places in the U.S. on one of the great family adventures, the Main Salmon River.


  • Wet Planet Rafting and Kayaking

    Wet Planet Rafting and Kayaking

     Salmon River - Multi-day Rafting and Kayaking Adventures

  • Rocky Mountain River Tours

    Rocky Mountain River Tours has a rich history of amazing guides, award winning food and top-shelf customer service

  • 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.

  • NOLS


    On the Main Salmon River, NOLS can offer you a participant driven expedition where you’ll learn techniques for river travel and gain leadership skills to last a lifetime. We offer trips for all ages in paddle rafts, oar rigs, kayaks, and canoes while traveling, living and learning in Idaho’s backcountry.

  • SOAR Northwest

    SOAR Northwest

    Our mission is to assure that your trips on the Selway River and the Salmon River results in your full enjoyment of the beauty and Wilderness values of this very special part of America. SOAR Northwest is run by and experienced team of river running professionals.

  • ARTA River Trips

    ARTA River Trips

    Non-profit and friendly since 1963.

  • OARS


    Join OARS for a wild & scenic river adventure in Idaho

  • Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures

    Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures

    Rafting vacations on the Salmon River of No Return and the Lochsa River. 

  • Idaho Afloat

    Idaho Afloat

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

  • Idaho Adventures

    Idaho Adventures

    Day Rafting, Wilderness Trips, Charter Options. Since 1973.

  • Mackay Wilderness River Trips, Inc.

    Mackay Wilderness River Trips, Inc.

    Fully outfitted 6 day rafting adventures on the Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Main Salmon. 

  • River of No Return Wilderness Outfitters

    River of No Return Wilderness Outfitters

    Family owned wilderness rafting on the River of No Return.

  • 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. 

  • Confluences River Expeditions

    Confluences River Expeditions

    Confluences River Expeditions has offered world-class rafting trips on the gorgeous River of No Return since 1982.  We give personal service from the first phone call to the last rapid and hooked fish.  Book your unforgettable Main Salmon River adventure today!

  • Middle Fork River Expeditions

    Middle Fork River Expeditions

    Our mission is to allow river travellers the opportunity to unplug from modern society and reconnect to oneself, family, and friends through nature’s lens. This adventure allows you to have a digital detox from technology and reconnect to a more simple and fulfilling pace of life.   There is no Wi- Fi in the wilderness, but we promise you will find a much deeper and rewarding connection

  • 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.