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Grand Canyon of the Salmon River Rafting Vacation

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What to Expect
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gem Air desk at the Boise Airport.  This desk is in the far end of the baggage claim area.
Departure Time
1:30 PM
6 days
Return Details
We will return you to the Boise airport.
  • Overnight accommodation at riverside lodge on night zero
  • Camping equipment for nights on the river
  • Charter flight from Boise to Salmon
  • Transportation from the takeout back to Boise
  • All food
  • Drinks - non-alcoholic
  • Drinks - Limited alcohol, 3 beers per day and some wine - you are free to pack more.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • USFS recreation enhancement fee - $30
  • gratuity
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This trip was amazing! Our 15 year old twins had a blast! This is camping without doing anything but have fun! We chose the torpedo's and it is the one with the most excitement! Our crew was so nice and accommodating and were great guides and cooks! There was not a time that
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My husband and I did a lot of research before bringing our 12 year old son and 14 year old daughter on a trip like this. Best choice of vacations we have ever made! River guides were superb! We will be back again!
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Response from eweiseth, Owner at Grand Canyon of the Salmon River Rafting Vacation
Responded 19 Jul 2019
Thank you SO MUCH fo the kind review. We loved having you on the trip and really appreciate you choosing to join us on the Salmon River. It is great to hear you loved the Salmon as much as we do.
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