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 12 yrs +

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 number one concern and we pride ourselves in our safety record. Honoring our roots and the founder of River Rescue Les Bechdel, we require swift water rescue training for all of our guides and refresh these skills annually. Canyons is a leading outfitter in safety protocol and practice. All of our guides are WFR, OEC or Wilderness EMT certified. Whether on land or in the water, we've got your back. 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 2.5" thick foam 'PACO' pads for you to lay your bones on. Our tents are spacious dome-style Kelty Outfitter Pro's (made for 4 but packed for 1-2). They are incredibly easy to set up and take down. You can bring your own personal sleeping bag or rent one of our flannel-lined rectangular style sleeping bags, that can unzip completely or zip together with a partners. 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. And to pee, it's as easy as finding a private spot along the river and peeing directly into the water. Learn more about our river bathroom 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.