Team Canyons consists of an eclectic group of men and women who are dedicated stewards of these amazing rivers. At Canyons, we love what we do and are privileged to share these experiences with you. The talents of our crew go far beyond expectations. The evident bond of our river family is our greatest asset. We believe in each other and the mission of Canyons. Our goal is to welcome you into our family and to provide you with an experience that will last a lifetime.
Our whitewater guides are seasoned professionals with an average of 10 to 20 years of guiding experience. Their whitewater resumés alone could take you on an amazing journey around the world. They are educated, interesting, talented individuals who genuinely love rivers and want to share them 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.
“CANYONS is a community of lifelong paddlers and river guides, that provides the highest quality multi-day river trips on both the Middle Fork and Main Salmon rivers. We are stewards of these magnificent wild & scenic rivers and the unparalleled experience that 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, invigorating, impressionable, fun, adventurous and safe vacation experience. Through 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 of those that we journey with. In our ‘Canyons Family’, our guides are driven by their love of creating & sharing the essence of river travel and the beauty of life on the river. We are committed to our role as a kayak and canoe support outfitter. We offer a variety of specialized trips, catering to a broad 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 in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, during the late ’70s and early ’80s, both Les and Susan were expedition paddlers and kayak/canoe instructors for the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. They paddled on nearly every continent and literally paved the way for the sport and the directions that it’s grown. Keeping the paddling tradition alive, Les and Susan raised their two children, Laura, and Max among the Canyons family. Both are avid paddlers to this day. From World Championships to first descents, Les is truly one of the greatest 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 the spring of 2010, Les and Susan “passed the paddle” to longtime 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 Association Board and the Redside Foundation Board and is highly active in the whitewater community. Greg’s roots range from the Chesapeake Bay to his home in the high country of Colorado. During the Canyons off-season, Greg enjoys guiding a trip each year on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. He is full of enthusiasm and inspired in his role as owner/outfitter. Greg upholds the Canyons legacy as an avid paddler and boatman. He, along with our entire staff, warmly welcome you to Team Canyons.