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Six-Day Whitewater-Rafting Trip Down Idaho’s Salmon River with Camping Accommodations and Meals from Adventure Guides

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Whitewater Thrills and Comfortable Camping in Idaho

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in central Idaho cuts through more than 100 miles of rugged wilderness, past towering trees, wildflowers, and craggy mountains. Among rafters, it’s known as a Class IV river, with a few rapids reaching Class V level in high water. On this six-day whitewater-rafting trip from Adventure Guides, up to 24 adventurers will take on the Middle Fork, spending their days alternating between rushing through roaring rapids and enjoying the scenery during calm stretches. Throughout the trip, you might have the opportunity to fly-fish, hike, and soak in hot springs. Along the way, experienced crew members deftly navigate the waterway and handle all of the logistics, including cooking and camp setup, to ensure a comfortable trip. For detailed information on the best way to reach Stanley, Idaho—the trip's launch point—visit the transportation page.

Click here to see the full six-day itinerary.

Before the trip: At 6 p.m. on the day before launch, crew members meet with guests for orientation in the conference room at Mountain Village Lodge in Stanley, Idaho. Guides provide a detailed breakdown of the trip and hand out waterproof packs, day bags, and sleeping gear.

Day 1: The group sets out from Stanley toward Boundary Creek or Indian Creek, depending on weather and water conditions. Before putting the rafts in the water, Adventure Guides and the U.S. Forest Service hold a safety briefing. The first day's ride is shallow and steep, and the group breaks for lunch along the riverbank.

That night—and each night for the rest of the trip—a supply boat runs ahead to set up camp for the evening. By the time the rafts arrive at the site, the crew will have already arranged everything you need, including the campfire, kitchen, tents, and s’mores tasting room. You can spend the evening swimming, hiking, fishing, or playing games. Starting at 6 p.m., an hour of hors d'oeuvres and beverages is followed by a dinner that can include dutch-oven potatoes, baked salmon, stuffed chicken, or rib-eye steak. Fresh-baked treats are on hand for dessert.

Days 2–5: Each morning, guides start a campfire and set out a continental breakfast. Around 8 a.m., they whip up a hot meal, often with potatoes, omelets, french toast, and pancakes. You can choose a vessel to ride in from a fleet of oar boats, paddleboats, and inflatable kayaks. Before and after lunch, the group negotiates rapids, hops overboard for the occasional dip in a swimming hole, and admires the views. The water is relatively calm on the second and third days, but will pick up speed on days four through six. All meals, beverages, and snacks are included each day, and on the second and fourth nights you can take a refreshing sun shower.

Day 6: After an early rise, the flotilla faces its biggest challenge: a stretch of whitewater known as "Impassable Canyon." After the confluence of the main branch of the Salmon, the boats head for four more miles to the endpoint at Cache Bar. The crew packs up the boats and sets out a final lunch before guests board the bus back to Stanley.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

  • $1,199 per person for a six-day, five-night guided whitewater-rafting trip with camp accommodations and meals (up to a $1,995 value)

Available Trip Dates:

  • June 9–14
  • June 27–July 2
  • July 5–10
  • July 21–26
  • August 22–27
  • August 30–September 4
  • September 8–13
  • September 16–21
  • September 24–29

Note: Customers should call 888-948-4337 before buying to confirm desired trip availability.

Included in all options:

  • All camp accommodations, including a tent (1–2 adults per tent, or up to 4 people with kids)
  • All meals, drinks, and snacks

Policies and Fees

Book by: 6/28/13
Travel by: 9/24/13

  • Blackout dates: valid only for listed dates
  • Cancellation policy & fees: $600 fee to cancel. 90-day cancellation required or fee of Groupon price applies. Subject to rescheduling due to water conditions, insufficient bookings, or extreme fire circumstances.
  • Taxes: included
  • Additional fees: Forest Service Recreation fee ($24/person) not included. Flight to water ($120/person) may apply.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

The Fine Print

  • Book by 6/28/13 or promo value expires
  • Limit 5/person, 5/gifts
  • Valid only 6/9-14, 6/27-7/2, 7/5-10, 7/21-26, 8/22-27, 8/30-9/4, 9/8-13, 9/16-21, and 9/24-29
  • Reservation req’d, subj to avail
  • Cancels more than 90 days in advance subject to $600 fee; 90 days or less cancel notice fee up to Groupon price may apply
  • Subject to cancel due to insufficient bookings or water/weather/fire conditions; trip will be rescheduled
  • 18+ to check in, 4+ to travel
  • CC req’d at booking
  • Must provide name on purchase, to be provided to Adventure Guides
  • Must sign waiver
  • $24 pp Forest Service Rec fee not included
  • Flight to water may apply for $120 per person.

Getting There

  • By car: trips begin in Stanley, Idaho, about 130 miles east of Boise
  • By plane: about 130 miles from Boise Airport (BOI)
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