THE SALMON RAFT DIFFERENCE
DEDICATED COMPANY OWNERS
From the moment you call Salmon Raft to book a trip, to the moment you drive away at the end of your adventure, you will have direct contact with the owners. Chris and Lauren have built the business around the goal of being a part of every trip. This personal touch is felt on each trip, big or small, and we are proud that this sets us apart from the rest. We love being a small, locally owned and operated business. We take pride in our work and it shows in even the smallest details.
SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
You won’t find better customer service anywhere; we guarantee it. From start to finish, your satisfaction as a guest is our highest priority. Both owners have experience on and off the water, as well as being a guide and a guest. As a paying patron, you deserve what you paid for, and more. We strive with every trip to meet and far exceed all expectations. Whether you join us for a day trip or a multi-day expedition, you will be treated as a valued guest. Check out our testimonials page or our TripAdvisor page to see what our guests are saying about us.
Our trips, on average, have one guide for every three to four guests. This ensures that there is more than enough help to go around. We do not skimp on attentiveness or allow our guides to feel overwhelmed. We do our best to keep each trip intimate, so as to not distract from the reason we are all on the river: to unplug and immerse ourselves in the natural environment.
Being a smaller company allows us to offer flexibility to our guests. Trip dates, group sizes, and special requests can usually be accommodated. Planning a birthday party? Let us bring the cake and candles. Private trip for a wedding group? Give us a call, and we’ll bring the champagne.
The staff at Salmon Raft is nothing short of incredible. Above all, our guides are people that your kids will look up to and you will call friends by the end of the trip. Our guides have extensive experience and knowledge. They are certified in first aid and CPR, and many of our guides carry certification in higher-level training such as EMT, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT, and Swift Water Rescue Technician. Your safety and satisfaction is at the forefront of each trip. Salmon Raft guides are professional and courteous. Alongside their safety training, they hold a deep knowledge and love for the environment in which they work. Whether you’d like to learn about the rich cultural or geological history of the Salmon River, or maybe you would like to learn a new constellation or perfect your fishing cast, they will be there to guide you.
Salmon Raft uses top-of-the line gear on all trips. Each trip is treated with the utmost importance, as are each of our guests. Our rafts, life jackets, paddles, helmets, and every other piece of equipment is thoroughly inspected before each trip to ensure that it’s in the best working order. Each guide has passed numerous tests that make him or her more than qualified to safely navigate whitewater and guide you through some of the country’s most beautiful landscape. Each trip also carries a satellite phone for emergencies. Our staff is conservative and carries rescue equipment at all times.
To complement the wonderful day spent on the river, we provide an all-inclusive camping experience that will knock your socks off! Every day on our multi-day adventures, our gear boatman floats ahead of the group and sets up camp. He or she will set up the tents, roll out thick sleeping pads, and have chairs ready to relax in the shade. Ice cold drinks and appetizers will be prepared, and the kitchen will be in full swing so you can take advantage or your “river time.” Go for a hike, grab a fishing rod, or just relax and let the beauty of the Salmon River captivate you.
Spacious four-person tents hold one or two guests on our multi-day trips. This way, there is room for your dry bags, as well as plenty of space to stretch out. We also provide freshly laundered sleeping bags, and thick comfortable self-inflating sleeping pads that will make your night’s sleep on the Salmon divine. We also bring camp chairs for all of our guests, a deluxe private restroom system, family style dining tables, and a full kitchen that your guides will use to prepare deluxe riverside meals.
All of our meals will leave you satisfied and impressed. We use the highest quality ingredients and locally sourced produce, bread, and meats. You will enjoy delicious, healthy meals that will all be prepared skillfully and thoughtfully by our river guides-turned chefs. Riverside sandwich bars with fresh cold cuts, toppings, cheeses and salads are served for lunch. Don’t forget Lauren’s famous homemade cookies, prepared fresh for every Salmon Raft trip.
For our multi-day adventures, the menu goes above and beyond what you may think possible while camping. Some menu choices for dinner include delectable and savory steak with Dutch oven scalloped potatoes, moist marinated pork tenderloins, or fresh Chinook salmon fillets from the Salmon River itself. To top off dinner, you can expect a warm and delicious Dutch oven dessert, prepared fresh with seasonal fruits and toppings. Apple crisp, peach cobbler, or strawberry shortcake are just a few examples that you can expect to see on your trip. Breakfast with coffee and tea will be freshly prepared each morning to give you the energy you need for a day on the water. We can accommodate any dietary restrictions or preferences – just let us know in advance. The thought of going hungry will never cross your mind.
Your accommodations and vacation plans pre and post-river trip are important to us. Our river guests enjoy special discounts with local hotels with exceptional reputations. McCall is a destination for many other activities besides rafting. Call us for advice on where to go, where to eat, and some local secrets to enjoy.
ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS AND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
Our company has consistently placed a high value on the natural resource that makes our business thrive, the Salmon River. We view ourselves as stewards of the mighty Salmon. We hope that with every trip, we can demonstrate the value of educating our guests and protecting this amazing piece of our country. Our children and grandchildren should be as privileged as us to experience the Salmon River in its pristine and protected state. See our sustainability page to read more on what Salmon Raft does to ensure that we leave the river environment better than we found it.