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- Why Wet Planet
This incredible wilderness stretch of river is a great place for beginner and intermediate kayakers to develop both river running and play-boating skills. Over the course of 5 days and 53 miles, Wet Planet instructors will work with you to improve skills and provide constant support. Rafts will support the trip by carrying all personal gear, food and camping equipment, allowing you to focus on the incredible experience of an Idaho multi-day kayaking course.
We invite you to join us for a 5 day kayaking adventure on the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. We like to think of it as a:
“Full Immersion Kayak Instruction Vacation.”
The Lower Gorge of the Salmon carves its way through history to expose metamorphosed volcanic and ominous granite gorges. To compliment the gorges, roomy white sand beaches are common on this 53 mile stretch of river – perfect for camping, swimming, or taking an afternoon nap. You will float through the Seven Devil’s canyons, a landscape difficult to visit for non-river travelers. Catch a glimpse of a river otter, cougar, bear, golden eagle, or bighorn sheep in this diverse landscape. Visit river crossings used by the Nez Perce Indians in their flight from the U.S. Calvary in 1877. Your instructors will help fine tune your technique while running the rapids or floating through calm pools. By building upon skills every day, students find this kayak course to increase comfort levels on the river astronomically. For many of our guests, the time spent at camp is as enjoyable as the time spent floating on the river. After an exciting day on the river, your instructors and guides will cook you a healthy and delicious meal while you relax at the river’s edge on warm, sand beaches. In the evening, campfires (weather permitting), songs, and stories will carry you to a fulfilling night’s sleep under the stars.
Difficulty: Class II – III; Beginners / Intermediate (beginner kayakers must have previously taken a 2-day beginner course; call us if you have questions about your skill level).
Check out the itinerary for our Salmon River kayaking course – Day 1: Meet us at the Quality Inn, located in Clarkston, WA. We’ll meet our raft support in preparation for the start of our river trip the following morning. Day 2 (11 miles): This is the first day of our river journey. The river starts off with easy rapids with a big water feel. You’ll get a chance to find your rhythm while working with your instructors in the flat water and class II rapids. Depending on water levels, we may camp near Cliff Rapids to take advantage of a fun play wave. Day 3 (11 miles): This day brings bigger rapids and more fun play spots. You’ll find rapids such as Pipe Line, Lorna’s Lulu, and the Bungholes as you move toward Snow Hole Canyon. Located in this beautiful canyon is Snow Hole Rapid, where the river charges through powerful class III+ and IV waves and holes. Challenge your skills here or walk around the rapid before finishing the day at a beautiful large beach camp site. Day 4 (20 miles): After exiting Snow Hole Canyon, you’ll enjoy a mellower float on your way to Blue Hole Canyon. This canyon is home to more great rapids, and you’ll love flying right down the middle of rapids like Sluice Box and Eye of the Needle. The exit to this exciting canyon leads to the confluence with the Snake River. You’ll camp at the confluence, in the same area where Native Americans previously traveled for vision quests. Day 5 (heading to the take-out): With quite a bit of flat water between the confluence and camp, you’ll hop in the rafts and enjoy an easy ride through this beautiful, remote stretch of river, with shuttle to return to the Quality Inn.
Come join Wet Planet on Idaho’s most popular river. Improve your river running skills, learn some new play-boating skills, and just soak up some sun on this 5 day kayaking adventure. All kayaking gear, camping equipment, and meals included. Call now (877.390.9445) to learn more about this incredible multi-day kayaking course. For more information, including travel directions and packing list, you can also check out our Salmon River Kayak Course Info Sheet. Want to Raft the Lower Salmon? We do that too! Our guests often enjoy bringing non-kayaking family members on this stretch of river, perfect for young kids. Make it a family vacation and get top-quality kayak instruction! This trip is contracted and operated through Winding Waters River Expeditions.