Salmon River in Salmon, Idaho by Whitewater Rafting and Fishing in Idaho

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Whitewater rafting in Idaho is a premium river experience. The Main Salmon River, the River of No Return, offers excellent Idaho white water rafting. You'll also enjoy placid pools, magnificent mountain scenery and beautiful sand beaches. Most of the river gorge is timbered, reaching 5000 feet or more to the ridges above. Elevation is moderate, beginning at 3000 feet, so summer temperatures are warm. We float 80 miles in six days. Prospectors began to penetrate this area in the 1860's and 70's, and rugged characters they were. Supply was infrequent, by wooden sweepboats or pack mules. Winters were long in the canyon, snow and ice-bound. We stop to examine their decaying cabins and sample fruit from the trees they planted and wonder at a way of life gone forever. Our spring trips are on the Main Salmon River because of a greater number and variety of big game. Even in summer, we see bighorn sheep and sometimes deer or bear. With a gradient of 12 feet per mile, rapids are moderate compared to other Idaho white water rafting trips, less technical than the Middle Fork, and more frequent than on the Lower Salmon River. Even in low water, the Main Salmon River provides some of the best white water rafting in Idaho. We usually stop at a hot spring. We do some fishing, but this is not primarily a fishing trip. Water temperature is warmer than the Middle Fork, with more sand beaches, so swimming is a more popular activity than on the Middle Fork.
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