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3 of the Best Salmon River Kayaking Adventures

Central Idaho is home to some of the most incredible adventures in the Western United States. Snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, winding rivers, and towering forests cover the diverse landscapes stretching across the state, beckoning you to explore our beautiful land. Kayaking the Salmon River is a fun and exciting way to experience the Gem State. You can soak in gorgeous views, fly through whitewater rapids, and see places that look like they are from a postcard. 

For more ways to make the most of your trip to the Sawtooth Mountains, be sure to request access to our complimentary Adventure Guide! 

How to Experience Salmon River Kayaking

Sawtooth Adventure Company

Sawtooth Adventure Company and Rocky Mountain River Tours operate out of Stanley and offer exciting Salmon River kayaking opportunities. Their inflatable kayak adventures feature two options—one with lunch and one without—that take you through some of the most beautiful stretches of the Sawtooth Mountains. Enjoy a thrilling, pulse-pounding journey on Class III rapids as you weave and wind down arguably the most breathtaking terrain in the entire Gem State. Their kayak and lunch adventure also includes a stop at a wilderness camp, where you can play games, eat your fresh food, and relax in hammocks as you look up at the blue Idaho sky!

White Cloud Rafting Adventures

If you’re searching for inflatable kayaking on the Salmon River, be sure to check out White Cloud Rafting Adventures in Stanley. This local tour company offers half-day and full-day trip options that include river kayaking classes for those without experience. The half-day adventure lasts four hours, includes Class II and III rapids, and includes complimentary snacks and beverages. The full-day adventure features six to seven hours of pulse-pounding rapids along with a stop at their private riverside camp for lunch. Whichever Main Salmon River kayaking expedition you choose, you’re sure to have a fun time!

Middle Fork Expeditions

Middle Fork Expeditions gives you the opportunity to venture further into the heart of Idaho’s vast wilderness. These multi-day rafting trips allow you to choose between the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and the Main Salmon River. Excursions last from five to seven days and include whitewater rafting, kayaking, camping, food, and tons of extra adventures like hiking and soaking in hot springs. Whether you explore the secluded stretches of the Middle Fork or glide down the majestic area known as the Main Salmon, you’ll never forget kayaking on one of the most amazing rivers in the Country.

Plan a One-of-a-Kind Sawtooth Adventure

Triangle C Cabins is the ultimate base camp for your Sawtooth adventure. Our collection of 10 cabins allows you to stay in an authentic, rustic log cabin with plenty of comfortable amenities to ensure you have a relaxing place to unwind after days of exploring the great outdoors. Not only are you close to restaurants in the heart of Stanley, but our complimentary Redfish Shuttle gives you access to all of the amenities, activities, and dining that the Redfish Lake Lodge has to offer. 

a line of Triangle C Cabins in Stanley, Idaho

So, browse our accommodations and see what it means to be a part of the Redfish family. We look forward to welcoming you to our mountain oasis!