Lower Salmon "Canyons" Raft Trip

"Wild and Scenic" Whitewater Rafting

The Lower Salmon River A Legendary Idaho River Trip

3 or 4 Day White Water Raft Trips

The “Canyons” whitewater rafting trip is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. It is truly the ideal whitewater rafting trip for anyone looking to experience the best in Idaho river rafting, combining just the right amount of exciting whitewater, swimming, games and relaxing on huge white sand beaches. The Salmon River is the largest UN-dammed river in the lower 48 states.  The lower gorge Salmon River rafting trip boasts the warmest water, the fewest bugs and the biggest beaches for un-matched camping and fun for all ages.

There’s no shortage of thrill-seeking for those looking for big powerful white water with some of Idaho’s most famous rapids like Demons Drop, Snow Hole, Bodacious Bounce and Half n Half to name a few.  Everyone can jump in an inflatable kayak if you want a bigger challenge.  In mild sections of this pool and drop river there is time for trying stand-up paddle boarding or fishing for Small Mouth Bass. 

The Lower Gorge Salmon River raft trip terminates in Hells Canyon at the spectacular confluence with the Snake River and the deepest canyon in N. America. The geological diversity will amaze as you pass through spectacular landscapes, steep granite walls, and metamorphosed volcanic gorges with columnar basalt formations. Your guides will interpret history of the Nez Perce Indians and the pictographs along the river. You will also visit Chinese pit dwellings, abandoned homesteads, and old mining claims.

The Lower Salmon River is perfect for a family rafting adventure or an epic getaway with friends. Some dates are designated for families and others are reserved for those without. The Lower Salmon River is the ideal rafting trip for anyone looking for an incredible adventure vacation. 

We offer private trips for all types of groups and occasions.  We can custom-design a private trip for any sort of focus you might want for group sizes of 12 to 23 people.

Trip Details

River Rating

Class III - IV

Depending on water levels.

Minimum Age

7 yrs.

Must be older during high water  periods (May – mid June).

Distance On Water

55 Miles - Rafting

30 Miles - Jet Boat


An orientation at the river’s edge on safety and river etiquette will take place while your personal gear is loaded to boats. After a few miles of fun roller coaster style rapids a tasty lunch stop on a sandy beach will help you take in the Salmon River Canyons. At about 4pm “river time” camp will be waiting after you have had several miles of river fun. Your tent will be ready and your sleeping pad inflated when you arrive. Splash with the kids, build a real sand castle, play a game or chat with the other adults as the kids are entertained by one of the guides. Enjoy Hors d’oeuvres about an hour before the main dinner course is served.

Our morning spread will be out at 6:00am that will include coffee, tea, coco and all your favorite fixins, breakfast is served around 8:000am. Pack up your personal gear while the guides make the kitchen disappear into back on the gear boat. Enjoy a leisurely morning at camp, playing with the kids, going fishing or soaking up a book from our river library. At about 9:30am, the boats depart for a day of family fun on the river. Learn about more historical sites, the geography of the river and watch your kids faces as they ride the rapids.
Snow Hole Canyon – is filled with lofty waves and rapids with names like “Lorna’s Lulu, Bunghole, the Gobbler, and Bodacious Bounce. The memories made on this day are filled with rapids that will last for a lifetime. Add to this the Offsprey and Eagles soaring overhead and the rustic cabins of early settlers and you’ve just realized you have escaped the ordinary and entered the extraordinary only mother nature can bring. At camp you’ll see familiar games on the beach like horseshoes, volleyball, boccee and frisbee but we also have a few MRO river games your sure to love. Enjoy the wildlife and scenery through the afternoon before camping for the night on one of the largest sandy beaches of any river canyon. A campfire after dinner and an astronomy lesson are the perfect bedtime rituals to create the family time for which this trip is known.

You may swim a gentle rapid with the kids just before you enter a Canyon where indigo colored igneous rock creates a majestic appearance and large rapids. The pace of the river picks up as it enters the Devil’s Slide, Sluice Box and Eye of the Needle rapids.

The Salmon “River of No Return” you’re family has loved joins with the mightier flow of the Snake River at the lower end of colossal Hell’s Canyon. Riding on twice the flow, there are some big waves on the Snake River, Oregon and Idaho share the Snake River as a boundary line between the two states. A final big lunch is shared, along with group photos before loading on the jet boat for the ride up Hells Canyon to Pittsburgh landing on the Snake river then a short van shuttle back to Riggins.

Trip Highlights

What's Included

MRO provides EVERYTHING you’ll need except, of course, personal clothing and toiletry items. The night before your launch date you will receive your complimentary MRO duffel, personal dry bag and large camp bag with sleeping bag and pillow at the pre-trip orientation. 

Our exceptional back country accommodations and gourmet river kitchen insures our clients the best river trip experience available. The truth is that you don’t have to rough it to be able to enjoy the beauty and excitement of Idaho’s wild and scenic rivers. Let our professional guides pamper you and your family while enjoying the serenity of the canyon and the thrill of the whitewater.

All of MRO Lower “Canyons” Rafting Trips include a Jet Boat ride through Hells Canyon to Pittsburgh landing where your just an hour back to Riggins. The jet boat tour gives you much more time to relax and enjoy the Salmon River eliminating the unpopular last 20 miles on the Snake River to Heller Bar and long bus rides.

Trip Packages and Rates

3 Day Trip
Adults ...$1,195.00
Youth ...$895.00 (7-14)
3 Day 2 Night Whitewater Adventure on the Lower Salmon River "Canyons" fun for the whole family!
(Trip includes all transportation from Riggins, Idaho including Jet Boat Ride to Pittsburgh Landing in Hells Canyon.)
Trip Start: Hammer Creek
Trip Ends: Pittsburgh Landing
4 Day Trip
Adults ...$1495.00
Youth ...$995.00 (7-14)
4 Day 3 Night Whitewater Adventure on the Lower Salmon River "Canyons" fun for the whole family!
(Trip includes all transportation from Riggins, Idaho including Jet Boat Ride to Pittsburgh Landing in Hells Canyon.)
Trip Start: Hammer Creek
Trip Ends: Pittsburgh Landing
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Fun and Professional Guides
Our knowledgeable guides share the river canyon’s history, fun whitewater and incredible riverside camping. 
More than Just Rafting
Itinerary is designed to visit many different points of interest, taking advantage of pictograph sites, pioneer homesteads, Chinese rock houses/mine sites, and natural wonders in the river canyon.
We Set Up Camp & Kitchen
A gear boat and guide travels ahead to set up camp, including your tent and a complete dinning area with tables and chairs. Few outfitters do this and it allows you more time to spend with your family on the river or at camp, we take care of it all!
MRO is an award-winning, Idaho outfitter family owned and operated on the Salmon River for over 20 years.
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Personal Attention
Guide-to-Guest ratio is 1:3,4. Meaning one guide for every 3-4 guests.
Attention to detail
Highly evolved systems to ensure the highest quality experiences, safety and comfort. 
Sharing the Passion creating friendships
Guides join you at all meals, sharing conversation and laughter at meal times and around the campfire.
Deluxe camping
River glamping where all camping gear, tents, sleeping bags and thick mattresses pads are provided.  The highest quality of food and Award winning meals prepared for you and your dietary needs.
All our trip packages include all shuttling to and from Riggins. Complimentary wine, juice and assorted flavored sparkling waters, soda, all in moderate quantities, is provided.  We always have plenty of ice!

Absolutely! You will want to capture the stunning scenery. A waterproof camera with extra batteries and a memory card is highly recommended. While many guests use their smartphones, please realize you will not have cell service or power source for charging and we highly recommend a waterproof case. Portable power banks are a great source for recharging.

What should I do if I fall out of the boat? Before you go on any trip you’ll be given a riverside orientation that explains all swift water instructions on what to do if you fall in and rescue scenarios along with how to float in the river. Most new river runners after a few days on the water enjoy jumping out of the raft or falling out of the boat, it’s exciting. The only way to minimize your risk of falling out is to hold on and listen to your guides instructions.  Many people have taken multiple trips and never fallen in.  Follow your guide’s instructions and your “swim” could be the most exciting part of your trip!

Yes, fishing is always available for those who have Idaho licenses and have requested fishing gear and tackle. The side streams and fishing around camp can be quite good when river conditions are good.  You are always welcome to bring your own tackle (fly rods) but there is no guarantees for loss or safety. We do have specific fishing trips available, ask our staff for details.