What kind of weather can I expect on my raft trip?

How cold is the water?

What kind of whitewater can I expect?  Is it scary?

What ages are appropriate and how athletic do I need to be?

Is it safe?

What kinds of rafts do you have?

What do I need to bring?

Do I need to bring my own beverages?

Where do we meet and what time do we get done?

What lodging is available in Riggins?

Can you accommodate my disability or special needs?

Can I bring my dog?

Should I tip my guide?

Dou you provide a shuttle service?

 

What kind of weather can I expect on my raft trip?

The Salmon River gorges are  semi-arid, meaning we get very little moisture, especially in summer.  However, we raft rain or shine.  Generally speaking, in July or August you can expect highs in the 80s to 100+ range.

How cold is the water?

During May and part of June the water temperature is in the  50s and 60s.  During July and August the water temp gets into the 70s approaching 80.   The temperature is relative to the air temperature, length of daylight  (sun on the water), and speed of the river.   The faster the water gets to us from its source (snow usually), then the  shorter time it has to warm up.

What kind of whitewater can I expect?  Is it scary?

With the exception of May and the first half of June, the  whitewater is Class III with the occasional Class IV.  This means you’ll want to hang on or paddle  hard in the rapids but is not white knuckle.   This is not to say that the whitewater is not good – it’s a fun and adventurous ride.  Raft upsets sometimes happen or people may fall out of the raft.  With the pool and drop  nature of the river, swims are short.   Our guides are taught to self-rescue and to get guests back into the raft  quickly.  Because some guests do want the white knuckle ride, we offer smaller rafts and inflatable kayaks.

What ages are appropriate and how athletic do I need to be?

We recommend ages eight and above.  The Salmon River is not Disneyland  and it can be quite traumatic for a six-year-old to fall out in a rapid and  even scarier for mom.  Guests do not need  to be in stellar shape.  The activity is  not strenuous.  Paddling is an option,  not a necessity.

Is it safe?

Our guides are well trained.   We conduct a thorough pre-trip safety talk.  Although between 4,000 and 6,000 guests a  year join us on the river, in 29 years we have never experienced a serious  accident.  Your safety is our first  concern!

What kinds of rafts do you have?

Most of our rafts are 14, 15 or 16 feet in length.  They hold 6 to 8 + people.  The most popular kind of raft set-up is called  a stern mount paddle raft, where the guide sits on a small frame on the back of  the raft and has a set of oars.  The  guests sit forward and paddle.  The  reason this set-up is most popular is that with the combination of paddles and  oars, the raft has plenty of power to hit the big waves.  The other options are a straight paddle raft,  where the guide also has just a paddle, or the center mount frame raft where  the guide does all the rowing and guests just hang on.

What do I need to bring?

Upon booking your trip we will send you a list of suggested  items to bring which will include clothes to get wet in and clothes to change  into at the end of the trip.  Typical  river wear is shorts, lightweight shirt, and river sandals.  Other gear we suggest is a warm top and  jacket, sunglasses with safety strap, hat, and sunscreen.  A camera is optional.  Your photo is taken at one or two rapids is  available for review at the photographer’s shop in Riggins or online at www.salmonriverphotos.com.  The pictures are of good value and quality.

On overnight trips you will need to bring all the above  (just more of it) plus a pair of long pants, sleeping bag (we can provide one  free if you don’t have your own), toiletries, and flashlight.  We provide all other cooking and camping  equipment.

For a printable word document with suggested gear click below.

Gear List for Day Trips

Gear List for Overnight Trips

Do I need to bring my own beverages?

We provide beverages (water and pop), but if you would like  to supplement our beverages with some of your own, you are welcome.  The most common beverages people bring are  their own water bottle, a favorite juice or soft drink, or beer in moderate  quantity.  Please make sure beverages are  in cans or plastic, not glass.

Where do we meet and what time do we get done?

We meet our one-day trips at 9:30 a.m. PDT at Lucile Boat  Ramp near Riggins.  We are off the water  between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

We meet our two-day trips at 9:00 a.m. PDT at Lucile Boat  Ramp and are off the water by about 4:00 p.m or even a little earlier if guests  request it.

We meet our three to five-day trips at the Red Lion in Lewiston, Idaho  at 7:45 a.m. PDT and deliver guests back to the Red Lion by about 5:00 p.m. the  last afternoon.  Your trip confirmation will give you additional information.

What lodging is available in Riggins?

Riggins actually has a pretty fair selection of places to  stay.  Check out the Riggins Chamber  website at www.rigginsidaho.com or better yet  call us to get our specific recommendations.

Can you accommodate my disability or special needs?

In most cases, yes.   Please call us and we’ll discuss how we can facilitate a fun trip for  everyone in your party.

Can I bring my dog?

No, please don’t bring your dog.

Should I tip my guide?

Gratuities are optional and should reflect the level  of service you received from your guide.   A typical tip is 5 – 15% per person.

Do you provide a shuttle service?

Yes, in the Riggins area.  See our rental page for current rates.  We also recommend www.allriversshuttle.com for reliable shuttle service.