Itinerary for Lower Salmon River Trips
FLOW Adventures offers 2 day, 3 day, 4 day, and 5 day excursions on Idaho's Lower Salmon River. The Salmon is a Wild & Scenic River, and is the longest undammed river in the lower 48 States. Depending on the length of the trip, the section and distance of river we travel will vary. Although we cater each adventure to meet the needs of your specific group, they all follow a similar format.
Our trips often begin with the FLOW Adventures bus picking up your group up at a common location in Spokane, or another convenient location. On the first day, we will drive to the put-in, where the guides will load the gear on the boats. We will outfit you with everything you need and brief you on what to expect on the river.
We typically raft a few miles on the first day, getting acquainted with the river, our home for the next few days; we will then pull up on one of the large white sand beaches that litter the shore of the Lower Salmon River. Our guides will unload the boats, set up camp, and prepare a western style dinner, while you relax on the beach, take a swim, or enjoy a glass of wine.
The Salmon offers excellent opportunities for fishing as well. You can cast off the boats as we float or wait until we pull a beach for the evening to break out your fishing gear. Be sure to have your fishing license from the State of Idaho prior to the start of the trip.
Each morning on the Lower Salmon, coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is served along with a scrumptious breakfast cooked by the guides. We then will load the boats and travel to the next beach, stopping for lunch along the way. Each day is filled with plenty of excitement on the river; we have many smaller class II rapids, a dozen or so class III's and a fun class IV rapid called Snowhole. Like many Northwest rivers, the Salmon is a pool and drop river, giving us the opportunity to socialize, swim, and relax between rapids.
You will have the option to stay in the raft, or get a little closer to the action in an inflatable kayak. Many people find inflatable kayaks a great and exciting way to explore the river. There are both single and tandem inflatable kayaks to choose from.
Along the way, we will have opportunities to stop at various historical locations, including foundations of houses that belonged to some of the river's early inhabitants and evidence of past mining activity.
The last stretch of the trip (excluding 2-day trips) will be on the Snake River. The Lower Salmon River empties into the northern end of Hell's Canyon; we will float the borders of Idaho and Oregon, arriving at Heller Bar in Washington.
When we arrive at the take-out location, the bus will already be waiting for us. You will eat lunch as the guides load the boats and gear onto the trailer; the bus ride home is filled with laughter and stories of the trip. The Lower Salmon River is truly an experience you will never forget.