Main Salmon River

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The Main Salmon River divides the 2.3 million-acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, moving east to west through the heart of Idaho. The Main Salmon, with it’s fun rapids and sandy beaches provides a fun trip for all ages. The Main Salmon is also a prime river for fishing. Float boats can only go one direction on this river, while powerful jet boats can travel through rapids going upstream or downstream doubling the fun.

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Things To Know

  • The only access into the River of No Return is either via jet boat or float boat. Well, people backpack or horseback ride into the area as well. Float boats can go in only one direction -- downstream -- but powerful twin-engine jet boats can go either upstream or downstream at roughly the same speed.
  •  During May and September, when the weather is cooler, dress warmly or in layers. It is always cooler in the morning.
  • During the warmer months, June through mid-September, the typical attire is a bathing suit, shorts, t-shirts and sports sandals.
  • Bring along a bottle of water, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Be prepared to get wet and dress according to your comfort level.
  • Wear clothes that dry quickly and perhaps steer away from denim pants or shorts and leather footwear Life jackets are provided on outfitted trips.
  • Life jackets are provided on outfitted trips.

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