Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Main Salmon ‘River of No Return’ Rafting Trips

Our 6 or 12-day river adventures offer a unique, human-powered way to travel through the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. Whether you are traveling with family, friends or as an individual, are a newbie rafter or an avid Class V kayaker, are a bacon lover or a vegan, we are here to provide you with your own personalized VACATION OF A LIFETIME.

What is the difference between the Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Main Salmon?

Middle Fork of the Salmon

  • Steep & Continuous- busy water most of the time
  • Loses 3000’ in elevation in its 96 mile journey
  • Smaller low volume river- shallower
  • Great fishing
  • Cooler temperatures
  • Camping on forested benches
  • Ages 6 - 12 yrs + (river level dependent)

Main Salmon

  • Pool & Drop- flat water pools between the rapids
  • Loses 1000’ in elevation in its 81 mile journey
  • Larger high volume river- deeper
  • Great swimming & frolicking
  • Warmer temperatures
  • Camping on Big Beaches
  • Ages 6 yrs +

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no dumb questions.

Safety

Safety

Safety is our #1 concern and we pride ourselves in our safety record, honoring our roots and the founder of River Rescue (and Canyons), Les Bechdel. Canyons is a leading outfitter in safety protocol and practice. All of our guides are WFR, OEC or Wilderness EMT certified and refresh their swift water rescue skills annually. Learn more about us, our safety training and our history here: Team Canyons

Sleeping on the River

Safety

Camping in COMFORT is the way we see it. We provide plush sleeping pads and spacious, easy to use tents complimentary. You can bring your own personal sleeping bag or rent one of our flannel-lined rectangular style sleeping bags. If the weather is nice, you can bypass the tent all together and sleep under the magnificent stars. Learn more about camp here: Camping in Comfort

Eating on the River

Safety

We hand prepare fresh locally sourced (whenever possible) foods for every meal. Our philosophy: Food is LOVE. Our menu is permanently tailored to be relatively allergy free and we are more than happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions/allergies that you may have. Learn more here: River Food

Bathroom Situation

Safety

The all-time number one concern before a river trip is the bathroom situation. But fret not and dispell those concerns. The bathroom a.k.a. the Groover is a portable toilet that we set up in a super scenic PRIVATE location at camp. Learn more about our river bathroom by watching a short video here: The Groover


Building Community

Here at Canyons, we hold a philosophy that EVERYONE deserves to experience the magic of river life. We want to share this very healing place that helped shape all of us. If you are interested in helping sponsor a trip or donating to these causes please give Greg a call directly at 888 634 2600. Furthermore, if you are passionate about a non-profit that may be a good fit to host on the river, please let us know. The Middle Fork and Main have changed our lives. We are looking to you to help us influence and better the lives of others.