4 of the Best Idaho Whitewater Rafting Experiences

Here in the Gem State, outdoor adventures are king. While there are so many ways to immerse yourself in our pure and untouched wilderness, nothing quite competes with a scenic and adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting trip in Idaho. As you glide across crystal clear water and thundering rapids, you’ll see stunning landscapes of towering mountains covered with densely packed pines and a plethora of wildlife. Once you hit a calm patch of water, take a deep breath of the fresh alpine air and look around…you’ve made it to the outdoor adventurer’s paradise. For more exciting activities and sights in Central Idaho, request access to our free Vacation Guide! It’s jam-packed with everything that you need to plan the perfect outdoor excursion!

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The Top 4 Whitewater Rafting Companies in Idaho

Sawtooth Adventure Company

With eight adrenaline-pumping excursions, you’ll find the perfect adventure on your Salmon River Idaho rafting trip with the Sawtooth Adventure Company. If you are traveling with kids and teens, we recommend the Family Whitewater Adventure. This five-hour excursion takes you and your family through Class III (medium) rapids on the Upper Salmon River. If you’re looking for something a little more daring and adventurous, try the High Adventure Raft trip that takes you on a pulse-pounding journey through Class IV (advanced) rapid down the Upper Salmon River.

The River Company

Whether you want to spend a half day or whole day on the Salmon River, put your life jacket on and grab your oars for an adventure with The River Company. This incredible company offers an array of experiences for exploring our mountainside paradise. After your lunch at Limbert’s at Redfish, choose from six different rafting experiences, ranging from a scenic float down the river to a Class IV adventure! They also offer a Float Fishing Trip for those looking to cast their lines into one of the best salmon fishing spots in the country.

White Cloud Rafting

On your White Cloud Rafting adventure, you’ll float down the Salmon River, the second deepest gorge in North America. Browse their selection of outdoor journeys and select the best one for you and your family. If you are looking for all day experience, book the delightful Full Day & Lunch Trip. This six-hour expedition begins at 10 a.m. and features the Sawtooth National Forest, crystal clear waters, and rugged wilderness on your tour. A mouthwatering lunch awaits you at the dock after the excursion! They also offer an array of river kayaking options throughout the day.

White Otter Outdoor Adventures

When you book your White Otter Outdoor Adventures trip, consider the Exclusive Day trip. You can fully customize this whitewater rafting trip through Idaho, making it a great flexible option for everyone. In the morning, your guide picks you up for the day’s exploration and gives you advice on what you’ll need in addition to helping you schedule your day. Whether you want to take photos on your way to the river or head straight to the river, you’ll experience our wild land at its best. White Otter offers this exciting trip Thursday through Sunday from mid-May to the end of August!

Your Redfish Lake Lodge Oasis Awaits!Honeymoon Cabin

After a fun and exhausting day on your whitewater rafting trip on the Salmon River, head back to the Redfish Lake Lodge. Relax in one of our many accommodations featuring unique and rustic furnishings. Once you step outside of your room, you’ll experience the sounds of rushing water, see towering mountains, and smell fresh pine trees.

Guests from Stanley High Country Inn, Triangle C Cabins, and Redfish Riverside Inn are welcome to use our facilities here at the Redfish Lake Lodge! Don’t forget to request your free Central Idaho Vacation Guide to start planning your outdoor adventure today!