Activity Category: Lakes & Rivers

Salmon River Lower Gorge

The Lower Salmon Canyon is probably Idaho’s most underrated long river trip. It is particularly good late in the summer when other rivers have too little volume to provide exciting rapids. This offers a rare opportunity to do a spur-of-the-moment three- to five-day trip on the river since permits are readily available. There’s not a… Read more »

Middle Fork – Salmon River

The Middle Fork of the Salmon flows through the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness, the largest forest wilderness in the lower 48 states. The Middle Fork is the historical origin of wilderness whitewater rafting trips (most last five nights and six days) and the most popular long river trip in Idaho. It… Read more »

Main Salmon River

“RIVER OF NO RETURN” The Main Salmon is an ideal family section with mainly class III rapids. It is considered a wilderness section but has ranches located along the route of the Main Salmon which allow people to choose lodge-to-lodge stays. Outfitter and personal jet boat / float trips are highly regulated by the Forest… Read more »

Hells Canyon

The Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, hugs the borders of northeastern Oregon and western Idaho. This national showcase holds 652,488 acres of beauty and adventure, where you can let your senses run as wild as the landscape. Hells Canyon offers scenic vistas that rival any on the continent. World-class… Read more »

Clearwater River

The Clearwater River provides an easy float along scenic Hwy 12. Wildlife viewing is good here and the river is very easy to access. Join outfitters and local historians to float where the Corps of Discovery floated or grab an innertube or raft and float sections on your own. River Stats: Difficulty: I to II;… Read more »

Middle Fork – Clearwater River

The Lochsa and the Selway come together at Lowell to form the Middle Fork of the Clearwater. Along Hwy 12 below Lowell is a pleasant summer Class II canoe float. During spring runoff, the river could be dangerous for canoes because of high river flows. The riverbed is wide at this point. The beginning of… Read more »

Lochsa River

The Lochsa River parallels scenic Hwy 12 northeast of Lowell. The word means “rough water” in the language of the Nez Perce. From its headwaters in the Bitterroot Mountains to its confluence with the Selway and Clearwater rivers, the Lochsa pounds through more than 40 major rapids. With names like The Grim Reaper, Bloody Mary,… Read more »