Salmon River – Lower

lower_salmonThe lower 60 miles of the Salmon River is an enchanting whitewater rafting trip that blends hot sun, warm water, fun rapids and the most beautiful white sand beaches of any river in the West.

No other river offers as perfect a setting for family rafting adventures as does the lower Salmon River Canyons, perfect for rafters ages five and up.


The put-in is near Whitebird, Idaho and the river flows through twisted volcanic canyons that open up to vast mountains soaring into an endless western sky.  Even though younger rafters are welcomed on this river, you’ll still find plenty of action.  The river cuts through four different canyons – Green, Cougar, Snowhole and Blue – and in each of these, cliffs and boulders constrict the river creating raft-tossing rapids that quench your thirst for white water excitement.

Idaho. Lower Salmon River. Whitewater rafting through canyon. MRThroughout the trip you will navigate dozens of exciting rapids such as:  Rollercoaster, Demon’s Drop, Big Mama, Whitehouse, Bodacious Bounce, Half and Half, Gobbler, Snow-hole, China, Devil’s Slide, Guides Revenge, and Eye of the Needle.

Between the rapids ample time exists to relax, drift and enjoy the mountain vistas and soaring eagles.  Another attraction is the short hikes to historic sites of the Nez Perce Indians, as well as 19th century Chinese miners.  Camping conditions are ideal.  From the soft white sand you can wade into clear swimming pool-like water.

In a land of raw beauty, the Lower Salmon passes through the narrow volcanic canyons of Western Idaho. Summer weather is typically hot and sunny with delightful mosquito-free evenings and a great Western sky sparkling with stars.  Trips generally run from early July through early September.


Salmon River

Section of river: Somes Bar
Difficulty: Class 5
Length: 14 miles; 22 KM
Season: April- June
Best rapids: Nordheimer, Bloomer Falls, Airplane Turn, Cascade Falls, Achilles Heel, Last Chance, Freight Train

oars-rafting-salmon-riverThis Class V whitewater adventure is for experienced rafters only! California’s Salmon River, a major tributary of the Klamath, rises in the Salmon-Trinity Alps Primitive Area, one of the most isolated regions in the state. Here, icy melt from the Sawtooth glacier, the only glacier in California’s Coast Range, combines with abundant rain and snow melt to produce a surge of runoff each winter and spring.

SalmonRiver_raftThe Cal Salmon – so called to distinguish it from the larger and better known Salmon River in Idaho – is one of the finest Class V whitewater rivers in the West.  The most popular run begins below the confluence of the North and South Forks, where strong flows and a steep gradient combine to produce powerful whitewater.  The river combines lush coastal scenery, an intimate, granite gorge, cascading waterfalls, emerald-green water, bountiful wildlife, and unparalleled class IV-V whitewater.

This Wild and Scenic River boasts some of the best whitewater in the country. Boaters will discover that the rapids are an amazing combination of crashing waves, big holes and boulders along with clean steep drops over smooth granite.  Class IV and V rapids such as Nordheimer, Bloomer Falls, Airplane Turn, Cascade Falls, Achilles Heel, Last Chance and Freight Train will challenge our resolve as well as our river skills.

California Salmon trips normally in April, May or June only, when water flows are optimal.



Rio Sarapiqui

sarapiquiTwo sections of this outstanding nature oriented river are typically operated. La Virgen to Chilamate. (Class III), this stunning rainforest river is an excellent choice for a first rafting trip in Costa Rica. The lush vegetation and thick tree canopy along the narrow, winding river is home to numerous species of birds, like toucans, cormorants, kingfishers, howler monkeys, hummingbirds and much more.  Chilamate to Puerto Viejo. Class I-II, this calm, quiet section of Rio Sarapiqui winds through tropical wet forest on the Atlantic side of the country and is perfect for nature lovers and birdwatchers. Typical run. -10 miles


Rio Reventazon

Rio_ReventazonTwice host to World Championships, the mighty Reventazon River offers sections to all clientèle.  The Carmen section Class I-II is geared towards families’ ages 8+, the Florida section Class II-III towards intermediates ages 12+ and the Pascua section Class IV towards adventure seekers ages 14+.  On the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, this river provides fun warm whitewater as well as watching several species of birds and amphibians. This river is accessible for the day to anyone staying in San Jose, the Caribbean or Sarapiqui areas.  Typical run. -10 miles.


Rio Pacuare

Rio_PacuareThe Pacuare River is one of the top five rafting rivers in the world for its scenery and rapids. This quintessential tropical river is a trip of pure magic, unsurpassed beauty, wildlife and exhilarating rapids. Located on Costa Rica’s Atlantic slope, the Pacuare River borders the Talamanca mountain range, home to native Cabecar Indians and an incredible variety of wildlife. You’ll raft 16 miles deep in the heart of densely vegetated gorges, past gushing waterfalls, serene pools and pounding rapids, in one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests.  This unforgettable trip will easily be a highlight of your stay in Costa Rica! San Martin to Siquirres. (Class III-IV) 16 miles


Owyhee River – Lower

Section of river: Owyhee River, Lower
Difficulty: Class 3
Length: 68 miles; 109 KM
Season: May
Best rapids: Artillery, Whistling Bird, Diversion Dam

Owyhee_River_RaftingThe Wild and Scenic Owyhee River springs in Nevada and flows across the southwest corner of Idahobefore entering the extremely precipitous canyons of southeastern Oregon.  Historians say that the river and nearby town was named in 1826 by Peter Skene Ogden, an explorer for the Hudson Bay Company, after two men in his party who had been killed by hostile American Indians. These men came from the islands of Hawaii, which in those days was spelled phonetically as Owyhee.

Owyhee_River_BLMThe colorful environs of the Owyhee alternate from the white, yellow, brown, and red John Day Formation to glistening black bluffs of basalt, brimming with occasional springs and waterfalls.  Some of the stunning landscapes include the Iron Point Gorge, waterwheels, Sentinel Canyon, Montgomery Gorge, Mahogany Mountains, Weeping Wall, Rustler’s Cabin, Bogus Creek Falls and the Chalk Basin/Lambert Rocks.  The same erosive forces that have left the spires and temples have exposed myriad fascinating fossils and have brought agates and other gemstones down to the beaches, creating a rockhound’s paradise.  A variety of feathered and furred wildlife, including eagles and egrets, mink and bobcats, pronghorn antelopes, bighorn sheep, and even wild horses inhabit the canyons.

The Lower Owyhee features some of the most spectacular terrain of the entire river system as you journey back in time an estimated 14 million years.  It is said that each mile you travel down this section of the Owyhee you travel back 100,000 years in geological time.  Remnants on ancient civilizations line the banks in the form of petroglyph fields.

owyhee-river-scenicLaunching in Rome, Oregon the river passes the confluence of Crooked Creek before reaching the whitewater section.  The Badlands area, with its interesting clay and sandstone formations includes many rapids of various sizes, including Artillery and Whistling Bird. With a difficult hairpin turn against a dramatic cliff face, it’s a certain scout and great photo opportunity.  From there the river enters a narrow section of river bounded by precipitous cliffs.

Lambert Rocks and Jackson Creek entice rafters on extended walks up into colorful side canyons and scenic ridge lines.  Small hot springs near the river add another interesting geologic dimension.  Reaching a class IV chute at Diversion Dam the fiver flows past Hole in the Ground Ranch, a historic remnant of the past.  The trip concludes at the Owyhee Reservoir, with a short motorboat tow to Leslie Gulch.


Ottawa River

The beauty of the Ottawa River is its size. Big rapids and warm water all summer combine to make the Ottawa Canada’s top rafting and kayaking destination. Running through an island paradise of 175 islands, the Ottawa boasts rapids, waterfalls, sandy beaches and spectacular rock formations all in isolated splendor.

ottawa-river-parkwayThis whitewater archipelago features a variety of paddling challenges with two exciting and very different channels:

The Ottawa’s MAIN CHANNEL is a straight forward rock-em, sock-em BIG WATER run with towering waves and giant hydraulics. The Ottawa is the biggest whitewater east of the legendary Colorado River. The tight and technical MIDDLE CHANNEL is a zig and zag run with lots of challenging rapids.

wilderness-tours-raftingAnother remarkable feature of this fantastic river is that the water level is never too high or too low and that its many islands provide both a high adventure experience and a gentle family experience depending on your course. It is unique among rafting and kayaking rivers in North America. That it boasts some of the warmest water in both Canada and the US doesn’t hurt either.


wilderness-toursMany kayakers regard the Ottawa as one of the best freestyle kayaking rivers in the world. That the Ottawa was chosen as the site of the 2007 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships gives testimony to that claim.


New River

Section of river: New River, Lower near Fayetteville, WV
Difficulty: Class 3-4
Length: 15 miles; 25 KM
Season: March – September
Best rapids: The Keeneys and Double Z

rafter_under_new_river_gorge_bridgeThe New River Gorge is one of those awe-inspiring places in the world, where beauty and white water combine into one of the greatest outdoor vacations on the East Coast and in the world. Learning the history of everything from how the rapids where named to the interesting past of the New River Gorge Bridge, a world famous steel arch bridge is just a small part of the area .


The New River offers different whitewater experiences throughout the year. Spring means a wonderful opportunity to take on the New River at higher water levels and less-crowded conditions.

panoramic_gauleySummer combines warm weather, exhilarating and cool rapids and a chance to bond with nature. Whatever the season, the New provides a classic river experience in a manageable setting that’s perfect for first-timers, families and groups with varied rafting experience.

Section of river: New River, Upper (Prince to Thurmond)
Difficulty: Class 1-3
Length: 13 miles; 20 KM
Season: May – August
Best rapids:

web_RIT_rafting02_squareThis upper section of the New River is a great outdoor vacation for families. This trip taken mostly in smaller water crafts such as ducks or funyaks is a great introduction trip for children. You can relax and enjoy the scenery of the New River Gorge while paddling along in your own boat. With small playful waves and lots of time to swim, play and relax with your family and friends, your vacation will be remembered for years to come.


Nahatlatch River

Section of river: Nahatlatch River (Francis Lake put-in to REO Rafting Resort)
Difficulty: Class 4+ in high water; Class 3-4 at moderate levels
Length: 11 KM; 7 miles
Season: April to September
Best rapids: Meatgrinder, Rose Garden, Headwall, Twisted Sister, Lose Yer Lunch, Pinball

nahatlatch-canyon-rafting-6What makes the Nahatlatch so addictive and perfect for rafting is the near-continuous, rapid-fire white water.

This section from the Nahatlatch lakes to the Canyon entrance features 25 rapids and an average gradient of 85 feet per mile. Few rivers in North America offer such continuous action, yet are still suitable for first-time rafters.

resort-aerial-11May and June are typically high-water months featuring super-continuous whitewater action, ideal for veteran paddlers and those looking for the best whitewater rafting in Canada.

July and August are prime months as they feature beautiful and hot summer weather and ideal rapids for all ages. July and August are also the best months for surfing waves and holes.

reo-raftingThe best time for family trips on the Nahatlatch is July and August when river levels are moderate to low.

The two Class 4+ rapids on the Nahatlatch, Rose Garden and Meatgrinder, can be portaged as the river has good road access before and after these rapids.

Nahatlatch Canyon

Section of river: From put-in KM 17 or the REO Resort to private REO canyon take-out
Difficulty: Class 5 in high water; Class 3-4+ at moderate and low levels
Length: 3 KM; 2 miles
Season: Best time to raft is late-July through early-September.
Best rapids: Dogleg, Nozzle, Big Jack, Hump n’ Bump; Final Exam


cabins-and-camping-sitesThe Canyon section from REO to just above the Fraser River features 12 incredible rapids, including several ledge drops.

The canyon features Class 3-4 rapids and a Class 4+ section that starts at the Nozzle rapid and continues downstream through Big Jack and Hump and Bump. Average gradient in the canyon is 95 feet/mile.

nahatlatch-rafting-8Rafting the Nahatlatch canyon is short, sweet and intense and is a perfect add-on to the upper run. The steep-walled canyon creates an adrenaline-filled ride as each bend in the river reveals a new surprise.

Canyon trips are typically run as a fast blast from the Nahatlatch Lakes right through the canyon and features 37 rapids! Paddle rafts on the canyon typically take 5 to 6 paddlers and 1 professional guide per boat.  One professional safety kayaker is required on every trip for added safety and comfort.


Moose River

Section of river: Moose River (Middle)
Difficulty: Class 2-3
Length: 7 miles/11 KM
Season: May – September
Best rapids: Knife’s Edge, Rocket Ride, Cruncher, Hole Brothers

middlemoose1The Middle Moose (May through September) offers a family-friendly whitewater experience on mainly Class II and III rapids.

Situated near the popular tourist town of Old Forge, New York, this is a great day trip for families and visitors looking for a fun-filled 3 to 4 hour summer adventure.

Section of river: Moose River (Lower)
Difficulty: Class 5
Length: 8 miles/13 KM
Season: May – September
Best rapids: Rooster Tail, Mixmaster, Elevator Shaft, Iron Bridge, Tannery

lowermoose2The Moose is a river of many moods.  In April, the Lower Moose comes alive with the first snowmelt, but quickly turns dry by the beginning of May.  But for those who discover this Spring runoff spectacle, it’s an experience never forgotten.  The Lower Moose hurls a series of Class V challenges at boaters who need every bit of their skill, experience and stamina to keep afloat.  Swimmers are not uncommon, and an imperfect line in any of these rapids can quickly turn a raft upside down.  This is a trip for the rafter who has “done it all,” and is still looking for that special adrenaline-packed challenge.

lowermooseDepending on the water level, some of the major rapids like Iron Bridge, Rooster Tail, Mix Master and Elevator Shaft may be scouted from shore before attempting the run.

And for those who wish, a walk-around route is available at most of the biggest drops.  Wet suits are a must, as is swimming ability, and prior experience on Class IV or V whitewater.