FAQ & Maps

Why Choose Salmon Raft?
We are different than the other companies. Why? We are proud of what we do and stand behind our services 100%. From the moment you call Salmon Raft to book a trip to the moment you drive away at the end of your rafting adventure, you will have direct contact with one of the owners. Chris and Lauren have built the business around the goal of being a part of every trip. This ensures that each trip is run the best it possibly can. Safety is our top priority. Our gear is inspected before every trip to ensure that every boat, oar, life jacket, and other pieces of important equipment are in the best working order. All of our guides are first aid and CPR certified, and many are certified EMTs. Both owners have experience with the rafting industry on and off the water, as well as being a guide and guest. As a paying patron, you deserve what you paid for, and more. You will be treated as a valued guest, whether you come on a short Express Trip or a longer Three Day trip. If there is anything that we can do to improve our services or make your whitewater experience better, please let us know!

Tipping?
Tipping is customary and very much appreciated, but not required. If you feel that your river guides made your trip special, then a tip is appropriate. Tips are usually given to the trip leader to distribute evenly amongst the guides.

 I don’t own Tevas or Chacos…
Tennis shoes work fine (although they will get wet!), just no Crocs, flip-flops, or AquaSocks-type footwear.

What about bathroom facilities?
What comes on the trip must leave with the trip. We bring a portable toilet on every trip. It gets set up in a private part of camp and a special bathroom tent is used to give you more privacy. This can be a delicate subject for some, so give us a call and we are happy to answer all of these awkward questions!

What is the difficulty rating of the river?
Rivers are rated on a classification scale of Class I to Class VI based on the difficulty of both navigation and necessary rescue techniques. Salmon Raft operates within the range of Class I to Class IV. Class I is classified as flat moving water, and Class IV means exciting and intense waves in which your guide will maneuver quickly to carefully avoid obstacles. All of Salmon Raft guides are safety experts, and are trained as professionals to get you down the river safely. All Salmon Raft guides are licensed in accordance with the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board, and exceed all minimum requirements.

If I book an overnight trip, what is the camping like?
All of Salmon Raft’s overnight trips are designed for everybody. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or have never slept in a tent before, you will be impressed. Our guides set up your deluxe camp for you so that you’re as comfortable as possible. One or two people will sleep in a spacious 4-person tent in a freshly laundered sleeping bag on a plush sleeping pad. Don’t worry about a thing; Salmon Raft guides take everything down, too.

Weather?
The Salmon River is typically very warm during the summer months. Temperatures usually peak in the upper 80s and low 90s, which makes being on the water the perfect escape from the heat. At night, the averages are in the upper 40s. You will stay warm in the provided sleeping bags. Rain is rare, but can happen. A rain fly will be on every trip in the event that we encounter a summer storm.

Will my young children be safe in the rapids?
The recommended age for children on our trips is 5-7. Early season runoff means bigger water, so 7 years old is usually the minimum age. In the later part of summer, it is safe for kids younger than 7.

Can I fish on the trip?
Definitely! We love to catch bass and trout. You will need a fishing license valid in the state of Idaho. We will bring fishing gear for you to use, and our experienced guides can help teach the young ones.

Can I bring my cell phone and valuables?
We recommend bringing your driver’s license and a credit card for emergencies only. Your cell phone will not work while we are on the water, but feel free to bring it for before and after the trip. You can stuff it in your dry bag that we provide to keep it safe. Valuables should be left at home or at your hotel. Don’t risk losing your jewelry in a big splash!

Don’t hesitate in giving us a call to answer all of your questions. Chris and Lauren are more than happy to help you plan for your river adventure!