Our whitewater guides are seasoned professionals, averaging 15 to 20 years guiding experience together. Their whitewater resumés read like a “been-there-done-that” adventure novel. They are educated, interesting, eclectic people who genuinely love rivers and want to be there with you. From the first phone call to the final campfire, you’ll feel like you’re teaming up with a group of old friends.
Team Canyons is made up of a connected group of men and women who are dedicated professionals and stewards of these amazing rivers. We love what we do and are privileged to share these experiences with you. The talents of our crew go far beyond expectations. And the evident bond of our river family is our greatest asset. We believe in each other and the mission of Canyons, which is to provide you with an experience that is a lifelong treasure.
“CANYONS is a community of lifelong paddlers and river guides that provides the highest quality multi-day trips on both the Middle Fork and Main Salmon rivers. We are stewards of these magnificent wild rivers and the unparalleled experience they each offer. Canyons is a team of talented men and women that facilitate guided journeys that leave everlasting memories. We strive to provide a nurturing, healthy, nourishing, impressionable, fun, adventurous, and safe vacation experience. We share our mutual passion of guiding, paddling, and exploring. We are dedicated to taking care of, and bettering the lives of each other, as well as those we journey with. In our “Canyons Family”, our guides are driven by their love of creating and sharing the essence of river travel and beauty of life on the river. We are committed to our role as the kayaking and canoeing support outfitter. We offer a variety of specialized trips catering to a spectrum of people. Our chief goal, in addition to hosting and building relationships with our guests, is to heighten the experience and showcase the power and soul of these remarkable rivers, The Middle Fork and Main Salmon.”
Based in beautiful McCall, Idaho, Canyons was originally founded by Les and Susan Bechdel in 1985. With roots deep in the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains, during the late 70’s and early 80’s, both Les and Susan were expedition paddlers and kayak/canoe instructors for the Nantahala Outdoor Center based in North Carolina. They paddled on nearly every continent and have literally paved the way for the sport and the directions it has gone. From World Championships to first descents, Les is truly one of the great paddling legends of our time. Canyons has since become Idaho’s, and the industry’s, premier destination paddling outfitter, with safety as our cornerstone.
In spring of 2010, Les and Susan “passed the paddle” to long time Canyons guide, and now outfitter, Greg McFadden. Greg was originally moved by the power and grace of these two rivers when he first discovered Canyons as a guest on a trip. Greg serves on the Middle Fork Outfitters Board and is highly active in the whitewater world. Greg’s roots range from the Chesapeake Bay to his home in the Colorado high country. During the Canyons off-season, Greg enjoys guiding a trip each year on the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River. He is full of enthusiasm and inspiration in his role as owner, and continues the Canyons legacy as an avid paddler and boatman. He, along with our ‘behind the scene’ managers Melissa and Ariana, as well as all of our staff, warmly welcome you to Team Canyons.
We invite you to come make a story or two, yourself!