Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon River Adventures
Dory on the Salmon

Main Salmon River

Trips are with Tour WEST

The Main Salmon, also known as "The River of No Return," is a favorite for Idaho rafting.  This 6-day dory/ raft trip is based out of Salmon, Idaho and conducted by Tour West.  Exciting whitewater, scenic mountain beauty, white sand beaches and forested benches of the Main Salmon form a backdrop for American Western history that played out on its shores.  Explore the old homesteads of "Buckskin Bill" and Polly Bemis ("A Thousand Pieces of Gold"), paddle an inflatable kayak, float, hike, and fish on a vacation you will always remember.  No experience necessary.




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Salmon River


Salmon River

SUNDOG EXPEDITIONS provides each guest with a Coast Guard Approved/Type V Lifejacket, all eating utensils (including plates, bowls, and flatware), an insulated coffee mug with lid, a high quality 3-season tent (double occupancy), waterproof bags, and storage for breakable items.

TentsTo insure your comfort we provide you with a high quality three-season tent. We will teach you how to set it up if you have no experience or are unfamiliar with the equipment.

Clothing etc.When you sign up for a trip with SUNDOG EXPEDITIONS, you will receive an information package which will include a detailed list of what you will need to bring with you to be comfortable both on the river and at camp. Once you receive the list call us with any question you still have

Rental SleepkitsSundog Expeditions has Rental Sleepkits available. Avoid the hassle of traveling with bulky sleeping gear by renting. Sleepkits include a high quality Polarguard filled sleeping bag, a paco (sleeping) pad, a pillow and case, a sheet (for hot nights), and a ground cloth. Our rental gear is thoroughly laundered between each use and replaced regularly.
Salmon River Camping

What to expect
The weather is generally hot and sunny in Central Idaho from mid-July through early September, with occasional late afternoon or evening thunder showers. Temperatures may range from 85 -100+ degreesin the daytime and 60 - 75 degrees at night. On occasions, we may enjoy rain throughout the day.
Salmon River

Class III Whitewater

Salmon River Dory

Salmon River Otters

Meals and Food
All meals will be provided on the river beginning with lunch on the first day of your trip and ending with lunch on the river before we reach our take-out. We serve a wonderful menu of delicious and healthy foods. Including fresh fruits, vegetables and meats which we carry in large coolers. Each evening and morning your crew will prepare amazing meals and lunch will be prepared on the river at around noontime. We are able to accommodate most dietary requests and requirements.

A sample menu for one day might go something like this...For Breakfast, Fresh Brewed Coffee, Tea, and Orange Juice, Blueberry Pancakes with real Maple Syrup, Thick-sliced Bacon, and Grapefruit and Orange Compote. For Lunch on the river...Mexican Burrito Wrap Sandwiches with Tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa. And later on at camp, Egg Drop Soup, Marinated Mushrooms, Gouda Cheese and Crackers. Dinner of fresh Curried Shrimp served with Balsamic Rice and a fresh Caesar Salad. For Dessert...Cheesecake!Salmon River

Bathing You may bathe using river water at any of our camps. To keep theSalmon River clean all soap is rinsed off above the annual high water mark. Bring your soap, shampoo, and a towel and our guides will tell our everything you will need to know. Sundog Expeditions practices LOW IMPACT camping techniques.*

Toilet in order to maintain the pristine camps on the Salmon River we carry out all waste and trash. Each day when you arrive at camp your guides will set up a private portable toilet system. Please don't worry! Your comfort is paramount and your crew will explain everything you need to know at the very beginning your trip

Our guides work very hard to provide a great trip for you. At your discretion, a tip may be left with your trip leader and will be appreciated by all of your crew