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Snake River Rafting Trip - Details and Itenerary

Day 1 »» The team leader will meet you at 6:30 am, where a three hour scenic ride will bring you to to the launch point at Hell's Canyon Dam and the start of the Wilderness. At rivers edge you will recieve a safety orientation that will prepare you for the adventure. You're ready to paddle, ride an oar-powered raft, or paddle your own inflatable kayak. Two class IV rapids, Wild Sheep and Granite, will challenge your whitewater skills just a few miles down river, with smaller rapids spread out to give you a feel for the river. Camps are usually arrived at by 4pm each afternoon, allowing time for more great bass fishing, hiking or relaxing. Hors d’oeuvres are served about an hour before dinner, usually served around 7:30 pm.

Day 2 »» Freshly brewed coffee greets your senses at about 6 am, with our morning spread that is complete with all the ussual morning drinks and condiments. Breakfast is ready around 7:30am, relax in a camp chair with your favorite hot drink while gazing in wonder at this amazing canyon. Personal gear, tents and kitchen gear is loaded back on the boats and readied for a day filled with many great rapids, fishing, settler's cabins, and incredible mountain scenery.

Day 3 »» Some might enjoy a rare view of the Snake River and Hell's Canyon as reward for choosing to hike the trail to "Suicide Point". Others are ready to catch a few more fish using top water lures or grubs. You'll welcome a splash from the river as the boats group back up and float downstream to more impressive scenery and historic sites, including the historic Kirkwood Ranch. After lunch and more river fun we pass Pittsburgh Landing where some of the trip might depart early.

If you are one of the lucky ones to keep going, more great camping and impressive geology awaits you just around the bend.

Day 4 - 5 »» Each day on the Snake River offers something a little different from the day before. White water, scenery that lifts the eye and heart upwards where raptors soar over historic homesteads. The Nez Perce Indian history in Hell's Canyon is just as dramatic as the canyon walls. You will see the confluences of the Imnaha and Salmon Rivers where you will know that you have Escaped... into the Extraordinary. The trip will end at or near the end of the wilderness at Heller Bar. Where you will be shuttled back to Riggins.

This is a sample 3 - 5 day itinerary, 6 day trips cover the same mileage but have more time in camp and on the river for fishing or exploring during the day. 4 day trips are to Pittsburgh Landing and are perfect for avid fishermen. While this is a typical itinerary, every trip is unique. This is meant to give you a snapshot of the trip and examples of the things you’ll see and do, but should not be considered an exact itinerary.

Pre-Trip Travel Information

There are many travel options to consider in planning your Idaho rafting vacation. Simply give us a call and we’ll discuss your options and help arrange everything for you.

How to get to Riggins, Idaho
Be sure to arrive in Riggins by 8:00 p.m. the evening prior to the trip departure in order to be at the orientation meeting. Most of our guests find it economical to fly into the Boise airport and rent a car and drive to Riggins, Idaho by using Hwy 95 just 3 hours north of Boise.

Where and When to Meet
An orientation meeting will be held at the Mountain River Outdoor Center at 8:00 pm where you will meet your trip leader. This orientation meeting is to answer last-minute questions and where you will also receive your waterproof camp bag with sleeping bag and pillow along with your day bag, complimentarty MRO river cup and duffel.

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