The Canyon. The Salmon River carves out the second deepest canyon in North America. During spring run-off this free flowing river deposits vast white sand beaches which make camp just as fun as the river! Enjoy a soak in Barth Natural Hot Springs, trip highlight. Choose your craft on the River. Relax and watch for wildlife on an oar boat, paddle with a team on one of our self-bailing rafts, or jump in an inflatable kayak for a more adventurous ride.
The Crew. Our Salmon River guides have years of experience on whitewater rivers all over the North America, love the outdoors and to share their knowledge of the history, geology and wildlife of Salmon River country. We pride ourselves in our attention to detail in all aspects of your journey. River and camp safety, teaching you river running and outdoor skills and our amazing camp cuisine. As you travel day to day with our crew you will feel more like part of the LCTA family and less like a guest. Most of all, we like to have fun and we'll do our best to make sure you do to!
Launch dates remain the same from year to year. All trips can be shortened by 1-2 days by flying out at Mackay Bar Wilderness Lodge or Jet Boat and Wilderness Lodge stays can be arranged any night on the river.
Day 1 (Launch Date) - Depart from our office at 7:00am. Drive to Corn Creek Put-in via the scenic Bitterroot Valley & over Lost Trail Pass. Lunch served along the way. Arrive Corn Creek around 12:30 load boats and have river briefing. Start floating around 1:30. From there we will be covering about 90 miles of river. The first day and last day are usually shorter mileage. The rest is split fairly evenly between the days in the middle. The more days on the river, the more time for river and camp activities. A typical day on the river: Coffee at 7am, Breakfast at 8am, Depart camp around 10am, Lunch on the river with possible stops for rapids and/or historical & geological sites. Arrive camp around 3-4pm. Appetizers at 5-6pm with dinner around 7-8pm. Camp activities may include hiking, fishing, swimming, volleyball, horse-shoes, relaxing in the shade with cold drink.
Last Day - Arrive at Take-out around 11am and have lunch while loading van. Drive back to Missoula via Riggins, Grangeville & Lochsa River. Arrive in Missoula around 6pm.
What we provide:
- Guided whitewater rafting and hiking from camp;
- All necessary river equipment-Coast Guard approved life jackets, helmets for kayakers, paddles and Dry bag for personal items (24"x 40" when sealed);
- Camping equipment-2 person dome tents, deluxe self-inflating sleeping pads, camp chair and coffee mug;
- Transportation To and From Missoula, MT. Maps.
Prices do not include US Forest Service Fee Demo $5.00 per day per person.
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