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Salmon River Rafting (Idaho)

The Salmon River is located in Idaho in the northwestern United States. The Salmon is also known as The River of No Return.

It flows for 425 miles (684 km) through central Idaho, draining 14,000 square miles (36,260 km2) and dropping more than 7,000 feet (2,134 m) between its headwaters above the Sawtooth Valley in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and its confluence with the Snake River.

It is the second largest tributary of the Snake River behind the Clearwater River.

Several national forests and Sawtooth National Recreation Area provide for numerous recreation opportunities within the river's watershed.

Two segments (the Middle Fork and a section of the main Salmon River) are protected as National Wild and Scenic Rivers. Today, the Salmon is a popular destination for whitewater kayaking, canoeing or rafting.

The Middle Fork, more than 100 miles (160 km) long, travels through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area. The South Fork flows through Payette National Forest. The main fork raft trip run is slightly less than 100 miles (160 km) and ends south of White Bird, although the stretch of river is 125 miles (200 km).

Single and multiple day trips on the river are available and offer beautiful views of wildlife and scenery. The river canyon allows for magnificent views of the complex geology of the region. ((The middle fork Salmon River) is known as one of the best catch and release fly fisheries in the nation.

Campgrounds along the river are available and offer stunning views of the river. Hiking and mountain biking are popular in the area.

In Idaho, consider the Main Fork of the Salmon River. It's world-renowned.

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