California Salmon Rafting Itinerary

One Of The Most Spectacular Class V River Trips In The Country

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Whitewater Rafting on the California Salmon River



  • The Salmon has become our signature spring trip and we run it more then all other companies combined
  • A small company committed to amazing trips & our wild places
  • Safety: All our guides have a minumum 8 years of experience leading trips around the world.
  • Excellent meals featuring local and organic produce & products
  • All inclusive - all camping gear included if needed (ultra-comfortable 3" sleeping pads).
  • Most importantly - we are friendly, we love what we do, and it shows!
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Butler Canyon - Cal Salmon River

“The Guides Were The Best I've Ever Been On The Water With - Very Professional On Some EXPREMELY Technical Water While At The Same Time Laid Back And Fun To Be Around. . .” -Jason

California Salmon Trip Sample Itinerary

Our California Salmon trips are 2-days and 2-nights to 3-days and 3-nights long (most people go for the 3-day option – this river is out-of-the-way and amazing!). All trips begin in the evening of the trips start date (example: on a Friday start date we meet Friday evening and then raft Saturday through Sunday, or Monday), and end in the early afternoon of the last day.

Please Note: Our river trips take place in the wonderfully unpredictable natural environment. Because of this our itineraries are always flexible to accommodate water levels, weather, and our guest’s needs and interests. We also do many custom itineraries. If you are on a custom trip it may be different from the one below.

Day 1 (evening only): 
We meet at our comfortable base camp on the river the evening of the trip start date. Happy hour will be served and you will have a chance to meet your guides and fellow paddlers.

Day 2:
The first day of rafting starts with a big, relaxed breakfast served under the enormous trees of coastal California. After food and plenty of time for that second (or third) cup of coffee or tea, we all gather together for some paddling instruction. Afterwards, we're ready to tackle the lower section of river, which is filled with big, fun class III, IV, and IV+ rapids, cascading waterfalls, and emerald-green side streams. The day will end with a big dinner, a campfire, plenty of time to relax, and anticipation for the next day.

Day 3:
The second day of rafting is a big day: Get ready for some of the most incredible whitewater anywhere on the class-V Nordheimer section. For many guides this stretch’s combination of big water rapids and beauty is unmatched. After catching your breath and congratulating yourself and your fellow paddlers on an amazing day we get ready for dinner and another night in the canyon.

Day 4:
For the third day on the water get ready for one of two rarely run stretches - Rafting the technical class V whitewater of the Scott river or kayaking in stunningly beautiful Clear Creek. The Scott River is a sister to the California Salmon and shares many of its attributes. It is an incredible and seldom run river with technical and continuous class IV and V rapids. A true high adventure trip set in a beautiful canyon with tons of wildlife.  Clear Creek is like no other stretch of river in the country - it is very narrow with high canyon walls and the water is as clear and clean as its name implies. It is truly a place you have to see to believe.  We will choose the stretch with the most ideal water level.  

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We are proud to operate under Special Use Permits granted to us by the Oregon Marine Board, the Bureau of Land Management - Klamath Falls Resource Area, Medford Oregon Resource Area, and the Vale District - and The U.S. Forest Service - Ashland Oregon Ranger District, Happy Camp Ranger District, and Idaho's Salmon-Challis National Forest. We are an equal opportunity recreation service provider. All trips operate on a non-discriminatory basis.