Stanley Area Main Salmon

River Stats

Stanley Idaho is a base camp for adventure and one of the must do activities here is rafting on the spectacular Salmon River. This section of river has done in day options for both the adventure seeker or the person simply looking to enjoy one of the most scenic floats in the lower 48 states while avoiding any significant whitewater. Whichever trip you choose you will be floating in the shadows of the sawtooth mountains, a mountain range of such beauty it rivals any mountain scape in the U.S. for awe inspiring grandeur.

Trips out of Stanley on the Salmon River change throughout the summer as the water levels on the river change.  For those looking for the most adventure, trips in June are all about excitement.  The river runs high and so will your adrenaline on these big wave, non-stop adventure trips. However if you choose to make your visit in July or August don’t worry, this area on the Salmon River still has plenty of excitement to offer.  Throughout the summer you can find a thrilling class IV rafting trip on the Salmon River near Stanley.  If you are traveling with some middle aged kids or just want a little less excitement you can find a wonderful class III option with just enough excitement to get the blood pumping without pushing your blood pressure through the roof.  Finally for those looking to take in the scenery without the adrenaline you can find the perfect scenic float basking in the snow covered mountains filling your views.

So come to Idaho’s adventure basecamp in Stanley and make sure you enjoy a day rafting the world famous Salmon River.


  • The River Company

    The River Company

    At The River Company we strive to help our guests enjoy the beauty of a day messing around in boats. We offer a variety of trips along the Salmon River outside of Stanley that range from high adventure class IV to scenic floats suitable for the whole family.

  • Sawtooth Adventure Company

    Sawtooth Adventure Company is clebrating 20 years of family approved day trips, fabulous guides and top-shelf customer service 

  • White Otter Outdoor Adventures

    White Otter Outdoor Adventures

    Guided Rafting and Fishing Trips, Kayak Instruction, and River Rentals on the Upper Main Salmon.