salmon river
"river of no return" wilderness

salmon river Jet Boat Tours

Full Day Jet Boat Adventure

“River of No Return” Wilderness Tour

Idaho’s Wild and Scenic Main Salmon River cuts through the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. The largest free flowing river in North America our Salmon River jet boat tours wind through the second deepest canyon on the continent. Salmon River jet boat tours are exciting, historical, wilderness adventure vacations, offering a unique chance to disconnect from civilization and become immersed in a virtually untouched natural wonder.

Great Experiences

Our jet boats journey up the Main Salmon River where many turn around, come experience these historical sites and homesteads: Polly Bemis Ranch, Buckskin Bills Museum, Shepp Ranch, Mackay Bar, Painter Mine, Reho Wolf’s Cabin at Rhett Creek, China Bar and Lodge. The jet boat captain’s will share their knowledge about the Native American Tribes, the gold rush and mountain men that lived here. Our clients will be encouraged to enjoy many of the pristine white sandy beaches of the Salmon River where you can swim or relax. Our wildlife almost always includes sightings of Bighorn Sheep, Bald and Golden Eagles, Osprey, Deer, Elk and an occasional Mountain Goat, River Otter, Bear and more. We have specialty private charters such as Eagle watching, Photography Trips and wine tasting excursions.

History

Now you can experience the river that turned Lewis and Clark back with a scenic jet boat tour of the famous “River of No Return”. Lewis and Clark came across the Salmon River and went on to describe it as “foaming and roaring through rocks in every direction, so as to render the passage of anything impossible.” This was in 1805 and it would be nearly fifty years later before gold was discovered that the drainage would be thoroughly explored and catalogued. Gold fever brought about an era of mining and prospecting that ultimately only managed to produce fewer pinches of gold dust than epic stories of survival and perseverance.

Why Salmon River Tours

We use medium sized covered jet boats for personalized and exciting rides through the rapids. Our tours offer a unique experience compared to most on the Salmon River, our trips are designed for those looking for personalized attention. Experience more of the amazing sites and activities the River of No Return wilderness has to offer that few experience.

  • Experience: 20+ years guiding in Hells Canyon
  • Our Guides: Proffessional, Fun-Loving
  • Custom Tours: We make the trip about you

Private Charters

No matter the reason we can customize the best adventure package for your group to ensure an unforgettable experience on the Salmon River. We specialize in family reunions, business retreats, youth educational tours, bachelor and bachelorette parties, team building and the most popular friends and family. With us your trip will be designed to accommodate you want to see and do.

  • Great Hiking, Swimming and Fishing
  • Enjoy the Amazing History
  • Wildlife and Photography
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Full Day
Salmon River Tour

Full day scenic jet boat tour of the famous "River of No Return" this journey into the wilderness not only includes an exciting jet boat ride with a few whitewater thrills but many stops at historical sites along the way. We include a nice lunch usually at China Bar Lodge 37 miles from the end of the road or riverside on a beautiful white sand beach. 10am to 3pm

2 day 1 night tour
ram house lodge escape

Stay and play at the Ram House Lodge and experience what makes Mackay Bar Idaho's premier wilderness destination. A great getaway or fun family adventure with a jet boat tour of the Main Salmon River. Enjoy the Salmon River's white sand beaches, swimming, campfire, great meals and famous historical sites.
2pm to 1pm

3 Day 2 Night
Ram House Lodge Trip

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.
2pm to noon

Raft & Jet Boat Packages

Multi-Sport Packages available choose from Jet Boat tours on the Salmon or Snake River, Fishing or Wilderness Escapes at the Ram House or China Bar Lodge. If you would like our staff to help with additional lodging we will be glad to assist you.

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Testimonials

5/5
"Bar none a consistently great experience... Professional, knowledgeable, personable and fun to work with. These guys work in some of the most scenic wilderness areas on the planet."
family jet boat tour in hells canyon
Ron Ray
Adventure Enthusiast
“Amazing! We had so much fun! 1 day up the"river of no return"! Day 2 sturgeon fishing was just as much fun. Hell's canyon was beautiful and Jeff showed us all of it's glory! Thanks guys! We'd do it again in a heartbeat!"
Crystal Noyes