Yellow Jacket River Guides

Three- or Five-Day All-Inclusive Camping and Rafting Adventure on Idaho’s Salmon River from Yellow Jacket River Guides

Give as a Gift

Camping and Whitewater-Rafting Getaway on “the River of No Return”

In 1805, Lewis and Clark ventured down the Salmon River in dugout canoes carved from hollowed-out trees. They were enormous crafts— up to 40 feet in length and 3 feet in diameter—but they could barely navigate even calmer stretches of this river, not to mention its rapids. That's a testament to both the Salmon River’s Class-III rapids and to how much boating technology has improved. Today, it's easier and much more fun to attack this wild whitewater in a smaller craft. With this deal, Yellow Jacket River Guides’ experienced team directs three- or five-day camping and rafting tours on and around the mighty Salmon.

The company has three types of watercraft: large oar boats, paddleboats, and inflatable kayaks. “If you’re not comfortable in the water, you can ride in the oar boat where the guide steers," says owner Alison Steen. "If you’re ready to try something more intense, the inflatable kayaks are a lot of fun.”

Both trips begin with a charter bus ride upriver. The three-day tour meets in McCall before traveling to Vinegar Creek, and then sends guesting roughly 25 miles up river via a jet boat to rendezvous with river rafts. The five-day trip starts in Salmon and heads to Corn Creek. The two excursions both start downriver, groups will camp each night on white-sand beaches along the waterway, and both end in McCall.

Typically, 10–12 people make up each group, but groups can be as large as 24. Everyone can enjoy a late start to the day to let the morning chill pass over and to catch the season finale of a hilarious dream sequence. Soon after, you can spend a few hours paddling with plenty of downtime for swimming, hiking, and fishing.

In addition to their mastery of Idaho’s first-aid and rescue training requirements, Yellow Jacket’s guides are well versed in interesting facts about the land. Along the way, they’ll point out where to spot Sheepeater Indian pictographs and historical pioneer homesteads. They’ll also point the way to an all-natural hot spring.

At each day’s end, as campers finish up a hike or take a nap, guides will craft a gourmet meal over the campfire. The meal changes each night, but a highlight of the trip is a luau on the beach, where groups will dig into a feast of polynesian pork tenderloin with a tropical salsa, stir-fried veggies over island rice, watermelon, and pineapple upside-down cake.

What You Get

All-inclusive whitewater-rafting trip for one

  • Option 1: $599 per person for three days and two nights, valid for departure 6/28/13, 7/6/13, 7/30/13, or 8/15/13 (up to a $1,090 value). This option includes all taxes and fees.
  • Option 2: $799 per person for five days and four nights, valid for departure 6/24/13, 7/2/13, 7/26/13, or 8/11/13 (up to a $1,499 value)

Book by: 5/27/13

Included in both options:

  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during the trip
  • Camping supplies
  • Rafts, kayaks, and safety gear
  • Charter jet-boat transportation


  • Gourmet meals
  • Camping gear including tent, sleeping pads, and sleeping bag
  • Rafts, kayaks, and oar boats
  • Comfortable chairs around fire
  • Experienced guides
  • Drinking water, coffee, tea, juice, and Gatorade provided

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 5/27/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 8/11/13 or 8/15/13 depending on option purchased
  • Limit 3 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
  • Limit 3 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to 20% fee
  • 90-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • 3-day option includes all taxes and fees; additional $44.97/guest fee not included with 5-day option.

Other Details

Room Details

  • Tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad provided by Yellow Jacket
  • Standard occupancy: 1
  • Maximum occupancy: 1
  • Couples or friends traveling together may share a tent

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 9 a.m.
  • Check out: N/A
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 111 miles from Boise Airport (BOI)
  • By car: about 106 miles north of Boise, ID

Traveler's Tips

  • Summer temperatures in Idaho can be unpredictable, ranging from 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Consult the packing list to be properly outfitted for the trip.
  • Fresh drinking water, coffee, tea, juice, and Gatorade are provided. Alcohol is permitted, but drinking and boating is not allowed. Groups can enjoy alcoholic drinks at the campsite at night.
  • Although it’s not a requirement, it is customary to tip your guide 10%–20% of the retail trip price.
By purchasing this deal you'll unlock points which can be spent on discounts and rewards. Every 5,000 points can be redeemed for $5 Off your next purchase.

Search Getaways