River of No Return

Riggins is the gateway to Idaho’s famous “River of No Return.” One of the best ways to experience this area is to take a whitewater float trip or jet boat excursion on the
Salmon River.

By car, you can follow the “River of No Return,” on Hwy 95 from Riggins to White Bird. The time zone changes just north of Riggins as you cross the Salmon River. White Bird is the gateway to Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America. From White Bird, take a well-maintained, gravel road with some steep pitches into the heart of Hells Canyon to Pittsburg Landing where rafting and jet boat trips begin and end. Just up the hill from White Bird is the site of the White Bird Battlefield and is one of the Nez Perce National Historical Park sites. An interpretive sign tells the story of the first battle of the Nez Perce War in 1877. Total distance: 29 miles, 35 minutes.

Location: Salmon River and Riggins

Category: Lakes & Rivers, Scenic Drives, and Wildlife Viewing

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