China Bar Lodge
"river of no return" wilderness

Idaho Wilderness Destination

Jet Boat or Raft to China Bar Lodge

China Bar Lodge located in the heart of Idaho’s largest wilderness, is the ultimate back country location for adventure on the trails, rivers and mountains of Idaho. Our resort is at rivers edge of the Main Salmon River where views are stunning while relaxing on your own private beach, you’ll gaze upon forested mountains and the free-flowing Salmon River. If you have been feeling like you and your loved ones are a little too “plugged in and unconnected” you need to visit the China Bar Lodge on the Main Salmon River. You will renew family ties with good conversations, nature walks, and evenings around a campfire. Everyone can go their own way during the day and then regroup at mealtimes to relive their adventures. You can make your stay as relaxing or active as you want and will always be surrounded by Salmon River serenity. You can relax on the deck or play along the rivers edge or you may choose to explore additional sites such as a Buckskin Bills historic homestead and trout fishing.
Private Trips – Planning a float trip, family reunion, company retreat, or small wedding? The lodge is a great location for a private party away from the distractions of every day life. Please inquire about special events.

Lodge Amenities

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We journey up the Salmon River where many turn around, come experience these historical sites and homesteads, Polly Bemis Ranch, Buckskin Bills, Shepp Ranch, Painter Mine, Reho Wolf’s Cabin at Rhett Creek, Jim Moore’s Cabins and Cambell’s Ferry

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Great Food

Enjoy family style dinning prepared using the finest ingredients and served to perfection. 

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The River of No Return Frank Church Wilderness is packed with wildlife viewing and photo opportunities.  It is common to see Big Horn Sheep, Eagles, Otters, Deer and Elk.

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3 Day 2 Night All
China Bar Lodge Escape

Escape and reconnect to nature in Idaho's Wilderness, enjoy relaxing on the deck or in the hammock. Take a hike with your fly rod or just listen to the birds and the Salmon River flowing by. If you are looking to reconnect you and your family to nature this is what you need. Take a trip to the River of No Return for an outdoor experience you will never forget.

frank church wilderness lodge trip and jet boat tour
4 day 3 night
China Bar lodge escape

Experience the "River of No Return" Wilderness with an all-inclusive adventure vacation only accessible by Jet Boat A great getaway for family fun. Take a jet boat tour of the Main Salmon River with plenty of time for swimming and fun beach games along with some exciting whitewater, evening campfires, great meals and historical sites. Meet the jet boat at the end of the road 37 miles from Riggins at 2pm MT. You will be back at the end of your epic adventure around 1pm

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1 Night raft in
China Bar Lodge

If you are rafting the Main Salmon River stay at China Bar lodge, mile 47 from Corn Creek launch site. Take a break from setting up camp and cooking for a night and relax and enjoy the accommodations of our lodge in the heart of the wilderness at rivers edge. Experience delicious family style meals served in the main lodge or on the deck, hot showers, flushing toilets and comfortable beds .

frank church wilderness lodge trip and jet boat tour
2 day 1 night
China Bar lodge escape

Experience a Salmon River Jet Boat Tour and overnight stay at the Lodge in the heart of the Frank Church wilderness. A great getaway or fun family adventure with a jet boat tour of the Main Salmon River with whitewater, campfire, great meals and stops at famous historical sites. Meet the jet boat at the end of the road 37 miles from Riggins at 2pm MT. You will be back around 1pm. (Availability is Limited)

China Bar Lodge
Wilderness Retreat

How You Get Here?

All China Bar Lodge adventure vacations will enjoy a 37 mile jet boat tour of the Main Salmon River from the end of the road at Vinegar Creek. This exhilarating ride through the wilderness is packed with wildlife viewing, historic stops and photo opportunities while running the whitewater with one of our experienced and fun jet boat captains.

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Fishing Lodge Packages

Walk and Wade Fly Fishing for Cutthroat

This trip features great Cutthroat fly fishing from the lodge only a mile hike to the South Fork of the Salmon River at Mackay Bar in the River of No Return Wilderness. We also have our experienced guides take you by jet boat to pristine and uncrowded tributaries of the Main Salmon River, offering miles of virtually untouched water to explore. Most fish caught are Rainbows, Bull Trout and Cutthroat trout. Most of the streams are within a short jet boat ride from the lodge. These streams are very productive for those willing to walk and wade, and while the fish are not huge the fish are plentiful.

“We had a fantastic trip last weekend fishing. Stayed at the Ram House. The food was amazing, accommodations perfect, and the fishing fantastic! Even for a low steelhead run. Jess is a master at finding fish… I highly recommend Salmon River Tours to anyone looking for a great time on the Salmon River!”

– Wes McClain

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Cabin of No Return
Vacation Rental

As seen on DIY Network TV Show Building of the Grid – Cabin of No Return. A new addition to China Bar Lodge the is completely self  contained for those wanting to truely escape into the wilderness. We are offering this 860sq’ log cabin as a vacation rental where you can either choose to prepare your own food or have our staff at China Bar do it for you. The cabin can be reserved for 3 to 6 days and sleeps 6 very comfortably.

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Cabin of No Return - Vacation Rental Rates

A fun and exciting 37 mile Jet Boat Ride to and from China Bar from Vinegar Creek boat launch is included.
3 Day Cabin Rental …$2067.00 (max 6 people)
4 Day Cabin Rental …$2456.00 “
5 Day Cabin Rental …$2854.00 “
Call for Reservations – 1-888-893-2820