Our California Salmon trips are 3-days and 3-nights long (there is also a 2-day/2 night option). Trips begin in the evening of the trip’s 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 riverside ‘pop-up’ base camp set deep in the Salmon River canyon on the evening of the trip start date. Your walk-in tent with cots will be set up among the trees, there is a tented eating and hang out area, and there will be a big camp fire burning. Happy hour will be served and you will have a chance to meet your guides and fellow paddlers.
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 back out our base camp with a big dinner, a campfire, plenty of time to relax, and anticipation for the next day.
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.
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.