Duration: 3 Night 4 Day Trips or 4 Night 5 Day Trips
River: Main Salmon River
Boat options: Rafts
Rafting: Contact us for pricing!
• Four and Five-day whitewater rafting trips
• Summertime warm water conditions allow for enjoyable rollercoaster rapids and endless swimming opportunities.
• Expansive white sand beaches!
• Breathtaking canyon views throughout the protected river corridor
Ready for a beach vacation?
Warm sunny weather and 70 degree water creates a white-sand beach paradise with plenty of summer fun and lots of swimming opportunities along the Main Salmon River in Kayaking Main Salmon River Idaho beautiful Northern Idaho. A day on your rafting trip with Helfrich River Outfitters will be filled with roller-coaster rapids, historic stories from the canyon, great side hikes and even the occasional water fight to cool off.
Our job as your guides is to make your experience on the river as satisfying and memorable as we can. The warmer water temperatures of the Main Salmon River canyon section make this wonderful family rafting trip especially popular. The swimming, water games, beautiful long sand beaches and even beach volleyball games will incomparably enrich your boating experience. Stocked drink coolers are provided in each boat and can be accessed throughout the day. Riverside lunches are complete with a spread of sandwiches, salads and various sides.
The beautiful setting of this desert river canyon is breathtaking. The Main Salmon River has carved its way deep into the earth, exposing colorful layers of rock along the canyon walls. As you float you will experience green canyons, blue canyons, and black canyons merging together. This river oasis cutting through the deserts of northern Idaho makes for a wonderful setting for a relaxing, yet vibrant vacation.
Our family trips offer exciting whitewater with roller coaster rapids as well as relaxing flat stretches of water over the course of 73 river miles. Our guests may choose to travel in a paddle raft, an oar-powered raft or navigate an individual inflatable kayak. The level of adventure is up to you! Lower Main Salmon River campsites are scenic and spacious, set up on pristine beaches by our crew in advance of your arrival each evening.
The crew will set up the camp and tents for you, giving you time to relax, swim, pan for gold, or just enjoy each other’s company. Our guides prepare all of your meals, baking in large Dutch Ovens and barbecue cooking over open coals. River menus feature western fare and provide a variety of meats, fresh breads, fruits and vegetables. Special diets and food allergies will be accommodated with prior notice.
The Lower Main Salmon is an ideal venue for a family trip, providing each person the opportunity to experience the “great outdoors.” Our professional guides are dedicated to helping each guest take full advantage of this amazing journey.
These trips on the Main Salmon are also known for the smallmouth bass fishing. We are happy to accommodate your interest in fishing by adding fishing boats to the trip for an extra fee.
Camping with Helfrich Outfitters on the Middle Fork is better labeled as ‘Glamping’, or glamorous camping, because of the deluxe accommodations that are provided at every campsite. Upon arriving in camp each afternoon, guests can expect everything to be set up and ready for them to enjoy. Each of our spacious tents accommodates 2 guests with comfortable cots and air pads for sleeping. The site is equipped with dining tables, lounge chairs, a hot shower, warm water wash station, hand washing facilities, a privacy toilet, ice and cocktail table, and a complete kitchen.
When guests arrive in camp they can pick a tent, grab a cold drink, munch on appetizers, relax and enjoy activities around camp. Each trip is focused on the customer’s interests and guides are available to lead activities by request.The afternoons and evenings provide plenty of time for additional fishing, swimming, hiking, artifact hunting, photography, playing games, soaking in hot springs, reading a good book with toes in the water or just relaxing and watching the river float by.
The gourmet food on the Middle Fork makes this trip even more inviting. All meals are prepared in Dutch ovens and on the barbeque over open coals. Fresh baked Dutch oven breads, made from scratch, are prepared each day along with top quality meats and fish. Each meal is sure to please and are all accompanied by plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Duel entree dinners and a wide variety of side dishes provide great options at each meal. If there is any room left in ones stomach after the evening’s premier event, a delightful dessert is sure to follow.
Beyond the Banks
The warm weather in the northern region of Idaho tends to keep visitors close to the water during the day. Mornings and evenings are a perfect time to explore the areas around camp, pan for gold, and look for artifacts. There is an immense amount of Native American history in the canyon, still evident by the occasional pictograph or arrowhead.