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Main Salmon River

FUN, FUN! Idaho's Main Salmon River - "The River of No Return", is the ultimate family rafting adventure for ages 5 years of age and up. The river has huge white sand beaches, warm water for great swimming, heavily forested canyons, crystal-clear side streams and abundant wildlife. The Salmon River Canyon offers some of North America's most famous white water rapids such as Chittam, Split Rock, Elkhorn and the always-impressive Big Mallard. This perfect "drop and pool" river is where you find the water toys. Guests enjoy Stand Up Paddle Boards, miniature paddleboats and more! It is beach time on the mighty Salmon River.

Mackay Wilderness River Trips' family holidays offer family rafting trips, which include professionally trained Kid Wranglers dedicated to educating and entertaining your children. A Mackay family rafting vacation allows mom and dad time to relax and enjoy the magnificent Salmon River Canyon, knowing their children are safe and having the best family rafting trip possible!

main salmon
river journey

Day 1

Day 1 - The entrance to the Idaho Wilderness and our trip down the Salmon River - Idaho's River of No Return.

Day 2

Day 2 - After a restful night and a morning of rafting, we arrive at Barth Hot Springs for a soak overlooking this majestic river.

Day 3

Day 3 - Here comes the Big 6 - grab your paddles and hang on for the Main Salmon’s largest rapids - Hancock, Split Rock, Big Mallard just to name a few.

Day 4

Day 4 - Legendary Buck Skin Bill, the last of the mountain- men’s museum. Great place to grab a game of volleyball on the beach.

Day 5

Day 5 - Last night on the river. Time for storytelling of the weeks adventures around the fire before a last night’s sleep under the stars.

Day 6

Day 6 - As we say goodbye to new friends and this mighty river,  a parting shot of where we just adventured.

Rate & Date
Information

  • 87 miles
    6 Day & 5 Nights
    people

    $2100 PER ADULT*

  • 87 miles
    6 Day & 5 Nights
    people

    $1200 PER CHILD*

    5-14 y. o.

*$4/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee is added to all trip pricing

A TYPICAL DAY
ANNUAL TRIP DATES:

June

  • 27th

July

  • 5th
  • 13th
  • 21st
  • 29th

          August

          • 6th
          • 14th
          • 22nd
          • 30th

          September

          • 7th

          May, early June and later September dates by request.

          TRANSPORTATION: All Main Salmon River expedition pricing includes ground transportation from the Salmon Airport to the river and personal vehicle shuttle from Salmon, ID to the take out, near Riggins, ID. NOT included in the Main Salmon River trip pricing are air transportation, or motel rooms before or after your trip. Air transportation and lodging packages are available as follows:

          BOISE PRE TRIP LODGING AND ROUND TRIP FLIGHT PACKAGE: $500 / PERSON

          This package includes one night lodging in Boise, a detailed orientation meeting the night before the start of your trip and ROUND TRIP flights from Boise to Salmon at the beginning of your trip and from McCall, Idaho back to Boise at the end of your trip. This package also includes all ground transportation between the Boise Airport and your prearranged lodging in Boise.

          ONE WAY FLIGHTS FROM THE RIVER TO EITHER BOISE OR SALMON AT TRIP END: $200 / PERSON

          At the pre trip orientation in Boise and Salmon, a Mackay representative will meet you and give you a Mackay Wilderness River Trips duffel and dry bag along with personalized instructions on how to pack for your expedition. If you have any questions about rafting the Salmon River, trip packages or any other information, please give us a call. To reserve your rafting trip call today! Mackay Wilderness River Trips, Inc. is operated under special use permit with the Salmon-Challis National Forest.” Mackay Wilderness River Trips, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider.”

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