Riggins Idaho situated between the famous Main and Lower sections of the Salmon River is known as, “the whitewater capital of Idaho” thanks to the incredible half-day river trip which flows directly in front of town. Whether it is in the early season, May and early June, when the water is high and the waves are HUGE, or in July and August when this action packed river changes to have just enough action for any thrill seeker while also still being great for families with younger kids. This section of the Salmon river is full of whitewater and well worth the drive for that quintessential summer day floating in the, “whitewater capital of Idaho.”
On our float trips we offer a variety of river crafts allowing for us to uniquely meet the adventure desires of anyone in your group, all while you travel together down the river. For the adrenaline seeking teenager we have our custom designed inflatable kayaks. We will have a guide in an inflatable kayak teaching them the skills needed to successfully navigate the towering waves and crashing holes of this section of river. For those wanting more of a tight-knit group experience we have the more traditional paddle raft. With your family or group you will work as a team with a guide steering to take on the Salmon River rapids such as timezone and traps. Choose your river craft and prepare for a day of crashing, splashing, hooting and hollering through the exciting rapids of the Salmon River.
So if you are looking to experience the world famous Salmon River our half-day trip is an ideal trip for anyone who wants to sleep in or wants to free time in the afternoon for other adventures. If you are staying in McCall, Idaho we are a scenic 40 minutes away and offer a wonderful addition to any summer family vacation so come down to Riggins and join us today.
NOTE: In May and early June we offer our, “high water half-day” where we run essentially the summer time one-day trip in the half-day time frame because the water is high enough to make the miles. If you want to go experience a little bigger adventure these trips are an unforgettable experience riding the biggest waves the Salmon River has to offer and are only for those 16 years old and up.
At Orange Torpedo Trips, we recognize and honor the deep history and cultural significance of the lands on which we operate. The Lower Salmon River and its surrounding areas are the ancestral homelands of the Nez Perce people (Nimiipuu). Their rich heritage and connection to this land have shaped the landscape, and their resilience and resourcefulness continue to inspire us today.
As we embark on our adventures through this remarkable region, we acknowledge that we are privileged to explore and appreciate the beauty of these lands, which have been stewarded by the Nez Perce for countless generations. We are committed to respecting their traditions, honoring their contributions to the history of this land, and fostering an environment of learning and appreciation for the diverse cultures that have shaped the story of the Lower Salmon River.
We encourage our guests to join us in recognizing the Nez Perce's enduring presence, acknowledging their history, and celebrating their vibrant culture as we embark on our journey through their ancestral lands. By doing so, we deepen our connection to the land, enrich our experiences, and contribute to a greater understanding and respect for the indigenous peoples who have called this region home.
Trip at a glance
Dates / Rates
The AM and PM half-day trips are the same trip. Both run the same section of river however, both trips have something unique to offer; the mornings which are a wonderful time to be on the river, before the wind picks up and the river is less crowded or the also incredible afternoon which is hot and perfect for swimming. So whether you are an early riser or want to sleep in a little we have a trip for you.
AM Half-day trips start at 8:30am MST
PM Half-day trips start at 12:30pm MST.
We will prep you with the gear we need before heading to the river. Upon reaching the river you will receive a thorough paddling orientation before lathering on the sunscreen and starting down river.
Shortly after starting the float the whitewater takes off and the adventure starts. Your paddling team will skillfully navigate through a number of rapids with tranquil pools between them. Kids enjoy swimming in the pools and splashing with their parents, while parents simply enjoy the escape with their kids.
On both half-day trips we run the whitewater filled section of the Salmon downstream from Riggins Idaho. Where we launch is somewhat flow dependent but these half-day trips are full of great whitewater and will keep everyone in your group hooting with joy.
We meet on Mountain Standard Time at our shop in Riggins.
1512 N. Main Street.
Where to Meet Orange Torpedo Trips
We meet at our shop in Riggins Idaho.
1512 N. Main Street.
We are on the north end of town on the river side of the road.
In Riggins there are a number of great locally owned hotels. Here are one or two of our favorites.
- Big Iron Motel Riggins Idaho 208-628-3005
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.
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. For those flying in personal planes, the McCall Idaho airport is 45 miles away.
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.
Just a few things to help you have the perfect day
- Swim Attire (Non-Cotton)
- water shoes or sandals
- Water bottle
- Camera or phone (To capture those memories)
Half-day trips do not require much but having a the couple right things can really make the experience a bit better.
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Yes. On this trip you are required to sign a “release of liability” form.
Like essentially all of our trips we love inflatable kayakers. However, due to the difficulty of this section of river and how quickly we get into the more difficult whitewater we highly suggest you have some prior inflatable kayaking experience if you choose to inflatable kayak the half-day. If you want to IK on the Salmon we suggest doing the full day trip as it gives you the morning to warm up and develop your skills before going into the more adventurous afternoon.
While it is rare that rafts flip on this trip it can and occasionally does happen. Anytime one is rafting in class III or IV whitewater the opportunity does exist for a raft to flip. What is more common (while still not being common) is that someone falls out the side of the raft. In this case the guide or other participants typically pull the person quickly back into the boat. We cover what to do in this scenario in our pre-trip orientation.
Gratuity is never expected but it is appreciated by our staff. We are now seeing standard restaurant percentages as normal.