Salmon River Intro to river camping

Salmon River Intro to river camping Trip Summary

The Salmon River, the longest free-flowing river in the Lower 48 states, is home to numerous world famous trips.  The 6-day Main Salmon and the 4-day Canyons of the Lower Salmon amongst them, but those longer trips can be an intimidating first river trip or they can simply require more time than one has in their busy life.  This two day trips packs all of the adventure and fun into an easier to access two-day, one night, adventure perfect for families or groups of friends just wanting to escape to the wilderness for a night.

Show up and turn off your phone, load in the van and drive up into canyons with near vertical rock walls, cross adventurous suspension bridges and head up towards the boundaries of the incredible Frank Church Wilderness.  Here we launch into the warm, blue-green water of the Salmon River for a day of thrilling class III rapids before finding a beach for the night.  Beach time is spent swimming, playing games with your kids, sitting around the campfire, and taking in the unbelievable stars.  The next day we rise to freshly baked cinnamon rolls from the dutch oven as just one part of the delicious breakfast before preparing for a day of whitewater.  Day two has numerous amazing rapids that will excite everyone in your group.  This will be your families favorite quick trip away together so don’t miss out, sign up today!

This is the ideal trip for anyone looking to try out inflatable kayaking and who wants to build some skills. On this trip our guides have two full days to help make sure you build your confidence in the boats and build your skill set so you are ready to take on other adventures.

Salmon River Intro to river camping Trip Itinerary

Salmon River 2-day Trip Itinerary

Arrive: Please arrive at our shop at 1512 N. Main Street, Riggins Idaho at 8am MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME.  If you are coming from the North you will be coming from Pacific Time so please plan accordingly.

Upon arrival we will have you pack your overnight items in a dry bag for the trip.  This is where everything for camp will go. We will have a separate small dry bag for items you would like access to during the day.  We strongly advise against packing electronics as the bags can leak if not sealed correctly and we would hate to see your items be damaged.

After you have packed we will get you the gear you need for the trip and load into the van for the 45 minute drive upriver to our launch point.

At the River: When we arrive at the river the guides will finish rigging the rafts while the head guide leads the group through a trip orientation where everyone will learn about the crafts they will be traveling in, how to paddle and generally what to expect for the day.  You can prepare ahead of time on our trip orientation page.

Day 1 on the river: Today has plenty of class II whitewater to help prep you for the bigger stuff downstream as well as some amazing scenery, including one granite walled gorge.  Sometime in the afternoon the group will find the perfect riverside beach and setup camp.

In Camp: After arriving in camp you are free to relax.  Grab a beverage from the cooler, find a place to sit with your book, swim with the kids, play a game of bocce ball or snack on some quick snacks before the appetizers come out.  Then when dinner is served everyone can gather around the table to share the stories of the day over food and drinks before the inevitable card games come out and roasting marshmallows happens around the fire.  Finally, find your tent or pull your cot out under the stars and grab a well earned night of sleep.

Day two: After a delicious breakfast in the morning it is back to river for the whitewater day of the trip. Today we put our skills to the test with numerous class III rapids and depending on the flows possibly one or two class IV rapids.  This day is typically filled with laughter and screams of joy as waves crash over the boats and people find themselves drenched and loving it.  Around 4:00 pm the group floats up to the boat ramp and the waiting van.  After a 10 minute drive back to our shop you an unpack from the dry bag, load into your vehicle and take off towards your next adventure.

Travel Information for the Salmon River Intro to river camping

Where to Meet Orange Torpedo Trips

We meet at our shop in Riggins Idaho.  We are at:

1512 N. Main Street, Riggins, ID. 83549.

Directions: We are in a blue building in the northern most part of town on the river side of the road.

All meeting times are MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME.

Accommodations

Camping

Numerous camping options exist near the Riggins Idaho area

Spring bar campground is one option but you are near the Seven Devils Wilderness which hosts numerous great camping options.

Flying In

The closest airport options to Riggins Idaho are Boise Idaho which is about 3.5 hours away and the Lewiston Idaho airport which is about 2.5 hours away.

Typical Weather

Summer time weather in Riggins Idaho is typically hot.  In late July and August we start to see a few more afternoon thunderstorms, but generally the weather is perfect for going rafting.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Gratuity, is it common to give tips and how much?

    Gratuity is certainly appreciated but by no means required. At the conclusion of a trip please just give any gratuity to the head guide who will divide it evenly among the crew.

  • Q: Does everything for the trip go down the river with the group?

    Everything for the trip will go down the river. When you pack a dry bag at our shop, that will be all of your stuff for the duration of the trip.

  • Q: Can OTT accommodate my food allergy or preference?

    While we cannot accommodate all food requests we happily provide, vegitarian, vegan, glutten free, and peanut free meals upon request. Just let us know and we will work

  • Q: How many years have we been running the rivers?

    Orange Torpedo Trips was founded on the Rogue River in 1969 by rafting visionary, Jerry Bentley. Within just a few years OTT had spread to numerous rivers throughout the Northwest including the Klamath River, the Main Salmon River and Snake Rivers.

  • Q: What age is considered “Youth”?

    Youth is 17 and under.

  • Q: Will I have cell service during the trip?

    NOPE. One of the best parts of a wilderness river trip is that your phone will not work. No cell service, 3G, wireless or any of the above. It’s a beautiful thing.

Salmon River Intro to river camping Trip Rates/Dates

These are the standard 2019 trip dates.  Other dates are available for groups of 6 or more participants.

 

2019

Price:

  • Tuesday and Thursday - Adult $399, Youth $299
  • Saturday - Adult $499, Youth $399

Trip Start Dates:

  • July - Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • August - Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • September - Every Thursday and Saturday

Salmon River Intro to river camping Trip Packing List

This is just a suggested list. Everything for in camp will go into a dry-bag around the size of a duffle bag so plan accordingly.  We advise against bringing electronics if possible.  While things are in a dry bag, those bags are only dry if rolled correctly so please consider leaving those devices at home.

What to pack

On the river

  • 2 swimsuits, shorts, tops (Cotton not recommended)
  • Sports Sandals or hard soled wetsuit booties. (Ideally something that stays on your feet when swimming)
  • Synthetic Paddling gloves (Not required but they do help with blisters))
  • Hat
  • Water Bottle (1-liter)
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with croakies or chums (Available at our shop.)

In camp

  • 1 pair pants
  • 1 pair shorts (1)
  • 1 shirt
  • Headlamp
  • Sandals or shoes
  • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
  • Sleeping bag (We can provide, just let us know if you need one)
  • Personal items (medications, hygiene; keep personal grooming items to a minimum)