Lewiston, Idaho
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Lower Salmon River

Lower Salmon River

Pool Drop Rapids

Over the 53 miles from the Hammer Creek put-in to the confluence with the Snake River, the Slamon River falls an average of 10 feet per mile. The pool and drop nature offers stretches of quiet water punctuated with the roar of whitewater rapids.

The Canyons

The canyon terrain is as varied as the river itself. The river flows through four distinct canyons: Green, Cougar, Snowhole, and Blue Canyons. In these canyons, the walls are precipitous and rocky, and the river is narrow and fast. Between the canyons the river is broader and slower, and the terrain is more open with rolling grassy slopes and rock outcroppings.

Rich History

The Salmon is rich in both historic and prehistoric culture. The Nez Perce Indians, Chinese miners, and early homesteaders and ranchers have left evidence of their presence. Our guides know the history of the canyon and it’s stories. We ocassionaly stop will show you particularly interesting historic and special spots.

Varied Wildlife

Plenty of wildlife can be seen along the river, including big horn sheep, black bear, river otter, eagles, osprey, chucker and slamon.

The Rapids

This stretch of the Salmon River features 21 class III rapids and two class IV rapids. This is a lot of whitewater for the miles covered! Some of the best rapids are: Demon’s Drop, Wright-Way Drop, Pine Bar, Lorna’s Lulu, Half & Half, The Gobbler, Oh! —-!, China, Snow Hole, The Slide, Zig-Zag, Checker Board, Sluice Box, and the Eye of the Needle.


White Sandy Beaches

The Lower Salmon Gorge provides plenty of large sandy beaches for camping. Mellow pools along the beaches provide for relaxing evening dips and an fun water activities.


Portable toilets and hand wash stations are set up each night. There is no bathing or soap allowed in the river and we pack out all our wastes.

Meals & Beverages

We love to cook and love to see our guests eat their fill. We cook full breakfasts and dinners, wich include fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. Lunch consists of a spread of build-your-own deli sandwiches. Gourmet snacks are served before dinner. Nobody goes away from a Barker River Trip hungry!

Drinking water and coffee are provided. We have room in the coolers for personal beverages. If you would like to bring alcohol and soda, we ask that you bring it in cans. Glass is dangerous in the rafts and beaches.

Service & Safety

We are proud that our guides all exceed the minimum requirements for the State of Idaho. Many of our guides are fully trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). Some of our guides have made more trips down the Salmon River than the entire staff of other river companies combined.

We are able to tailor trips to your needs and offer private charter trips (minimum of 10) as well. Limit is a total of 24 guests on any trip.


All trips require a $200 per person deposit with payment in full 60 days before the trip departure date. Prices are all inclusive. All trips include transportation from Lewiston to the river and return transportation to Lewiston.

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