The Grand Canyon of the Main Salmon River or, “River of No Return” as it is known; is the perfect juxtaposition of relaxing vacation and thrilling adventure. The numerous class III and occasional class IV rapids are certainly exciting for anyone, but they are also manageable for the first time inflatable kayaker or rafter ... More info ›
The Grand Canyon of the Main Salmon River or, “River of No Return” as it is known; is the perfect juxtaposition of relaxing vacation and thrilling adventure. The numerous class III and occasional class IV rapids are certainly exciting for anyone, but they are also manageable for the first time inflatable kayaker or rafter. The charter plane flight into small-town Idaho add’s a unique sense of adventure. Floating through the continental United States largest wilderness area and second deepest canyon gives an unparalleled feeling of escape and remoteness not attainable in most other places of the country.
Arrive at the Boise Idaho airport the day BEFORE your trip launch and meet at the GEM AIR desk at 1:45 PM MST. We will have a charter flight to fly you from Boise to Salmon which takes about 1.5 hours and is a beautiful flight over the sawtooth mountains. When you land in Salmon a bus will be waiting to take the group to the trip launch point at Corn Creek. This is about a 2 hour bus ride paralleling the Salmon River the entire way.
When you arrive at Corn Creek the guides will be waiting for you and a jetboat will be waiting to pick up the group and ferry everyone across the river and to the lodge for the evening. A delicious dinner will be served at the lodge and there will be plenty of time for the groups first horseshoe tournament, card games, or swimming down at the beach. After dinner is the trip orientation where you will receive dry bags, ask any questions you may have, and learn about how you will be spending the next five or six days.
Below is a rough description of the trip as where groups will camp exactly varies on available sites, water levels, weather, group size etc.
Day 1: Launch from corn creek and look forward to a GREAT DAY of warm up rapids.
Sometime in the afternoon float into a riverside camp on a big beach with opportunities for swimming, relaxing, and possibly hiking. Guides will show the group how to set up their tents and begin making appetizers and preparing dinner. Grab a beverage, kick back and enjoy just being away from your phone, your work, your tv.
Day 2: Another great day on the river with a few substantial rapids before a riverside camp.
Day 3: Whitewater Day: Today may include a hike or two, but it’s primarily about running rapids. Today will have some of the greats of the river including Bailey, Five Mile, Split Rock (A favorite rapid of numerous guides when asked for favorite rapid from any river) and the exciting Big Mallard.
Day 4: Today starts off with a bang. Another of the great rapids of the Salmon River is just around the corner. Elk Horn rapid is the longest rapid on the river at almost a mile in length. The afternoon brings the group into a favorite trip stopping point, Buckskin Bills. It’s also a great place to grab an ice cream, sit in the shade and watch the river float slowly past.
Day 5: Into the heart of the Grand Canyon of the Salmon River. The second deepest canyon in the United States, deeper then the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. Tonight will be a delicious dinner to celebrate a wonderful trip down the beautiful Salmon River. Stay up late and take in the stars, because you won’t see them anywhere else like you will see them on the Salmon River.
Day 6: End the trip with a bang. Great rapids in the morning lead to the takeout and a 5 hour drive to Boise.