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Salmon River, Idaho

Post by Fat Cat » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:57 pm

Anyone ever been? I'm thinking of taking my son rafting down the middle fork next summer. I'm curious if any folks have any experience, and whether or not it would be a fun thing to do for a 12 year old boy.
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Re: Salmon River, Idaho

Post by nafod » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:34 pm

I've heard good things about rafting there...

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Re: Salmon River, Idaho

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That was Georgia (I checked). [-o<
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Re: Salmon River, Idaho

Post by Turdacious » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:51 pm

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Anyone ever been? I'm thinking of taking my son rafting down the middle fork next summer. I'm curious if any folks have any experience, and whether or not it would be a fun thing to do for a 12 year old boy.
Did it multiple times as a kid-- you'll both enjoy it as long as the water levels are right (too low = perfect seahill rafting conditions). Lots of other outdoor stuff too-- not sure if you are into it, but the fly fishing in that area is great too.
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Re: Salmon River, Idaho

Post by vern » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:16 am

I ran the Salmon Idaho marathon about seven years ago. Beautiful country, but it was hazy from forest fires while I was there.

Fishing is good, but the locals said the steelhead taste "off" that far from the ocean so they release them.

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Re: Salmon River, Idaho

Post by Fat Cat » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:46 am

Thanks, guys. Fishing is unlikely for us, neither of know the first thing about fly fishing so we would just be about the rafting and wilderness.
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Post by seeahill » Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:14 pm

Yes. A 12 year old can do it and it's a great trip. It's a deep canyon and rocks roll down into the rather smallish river. That makes certain sections very technical. Other sections, you can get out in the little plastic kayaks (rubber duckies) and safely paddle behind the main rafts.

I would suggest mid to late July. It can be cold and rainy in early June. Mosquitoes in late June. By August you're going to have smoke. It could be just a haze, it could be thick. In any case, there will be smoke in August. I think mid-July is the sweet spot. (Although I went in mid-August 8 years ago and the smoke was negligible.)

I assume you will be going with an outfitter. I went with these guys and was very pleased. Pleased with their expertise, pleased with the meals, pleased with the general camaraderie.

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Re: Salmon River, Idaho

Post by Turdacious » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:49 am

My fondest memory of the Salmon as a kid was floating some of the milder rapids during breaks from rafting. They were fast, felt a little dangerous (even though they weren't), and we all ran back up the bank to float them as many times as we could.

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Re: Salmon River, Idaho

Post by Fat Cat » Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:09 pm

seeahill wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:14 pm
Yes. A 12 year old can do it and it's a great trip. It's a deep canyon and rocks roll down into the rather smallish river. That makes certain sections very technical. Other sections, you can get out in the little plastic kayaks (rubber duckies) and safely paddle behind the main rafts.

I would suggest mid to late July. It can be cold and rainy in early June. Mosquitoes in late June. By August you're going to have smoke. It could be just a haze, it could be thick. In any case, there will be smoke in August. I think mid-July is the sweet spot. (Although I went in mid-August 8 years ago and the smoke was negligible.)

I assume you will be going with an outfitter. I went with these guys and was very pleased. Pleased with their expertise, pleased with the meals, pleased with the general camaraderie.

https://www.idahoriveradventures.com/?g ... AfEALw_wcB
Good info. I believe the dates line up well with what you're saying; it's supposed to be July 24-31. I went ahead and booked it this weekend. The outfitter is Mountain Travel.
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Re: Salmon River, Idaho

Post by seeahill » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:48 am

Good. Give us a report when you get back.
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