We had a family reunion here, and all I can say is "What an amazing place". Actually, I can saw a lot more than that.
We really did not know what to expect...yes...we did read their literature, reviews, etc. But all the reading materials and pictures, could not cover everything that we experienced. The trip to the boat launch was an adventure, but then you get on the boat to go to Mackay Bar, and, wow!!! The boat ride was better than any roller coaster. I told my daughter you don't need Disneyland and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, you have this amazing jet boat ride up the Salmon River. Buck, owner, does a terrific job navigating the rough water...not sure, how he reads it, but I know from other family members, it is a talent.
We were able to stop a couple of times traveling up the Salmon River, which the kids enjoyed cause then they could get out and play in the water and on beaches. The entire time we stayed at Mackay Bar, we enjoyed the jet boat...so much fun!!!! The jet boat was our way to everything, Campbell Ferry, Painter Mine, fishing, fishing and more fishing.
We saw wildlife, historical sites, and amazing mountains. With an amazing host family, Joni and Buck, are terrific people and amazing hosts. Everyone we encountered at Mackay Bar was terrific and extremely nice and wonderful.
The kids even learned about rattlesnakes, as well as adults, and understood the complex nervous system and danger when it comes to the fangs.
The worse part was leaving, it felt as though the owners and everyone on the ranch were part of our family at the end of our time at Mackay Bar. The weeks following our stay, we continued to talk about Mackay Bar and our adventures. Our kids, 12 & 9, totally enjoyed every second of the trip.
And now we are trying to figure out how to get back!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the most unique getaways offered in the lower 48 states, Mackay Bar Outfitters provides top quality guided hunts, fishing trips and all-inclusive vacation packages, all in a beautiful back-country setting. We cater to large groups, families, or individuals who are seeking an adventure of a lifetime. The ranch is located along the banks of the famous "River of no Return" Salmon River and encompasses one of the largest outfitting units in Idaho. Nestled in the Frank Church Wilderness Area, guests can experience over 273,000 acres of road less adventure including 75 miles of the pristine main Salmon River. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mackay Bar Outfitters & Guest Ranch Riggins, Idaho