Imagine yourself content, with a belly full of delicious food and a drink in your hand. Where the soothing sounds of the flowing river harmonize with the enchanting notes of exceptional wine. From September 2 to 7, join us on an amazing trip along Idaho’s Main Salmon River, in partnership with Elk Cove Vineyards. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and peace of untouched landscapes, view incredible wildlife, forge new connections, and indulge in some truly great wines and gourmet meals. To help you understand what makes this trip so special, we put together our top 5 reasons why the Main Salmon with Elk Cove will be the highlight of your summer for years to come.

1. Fun and Exciting Class II-III Rapids:

rafting the main salmon
Photo by Brie Molchan

The Main Salmon River boasts some pretty challenging and fun Class II-III whitewater rapids. Big water and even more fun wave trains, Wet Planets experienced guides lead you through each rapid allowing you to enjoy the ride and the scenery. Enjoy the rush of adrenaline as we navigate the twists and turns, skillfully maneuvering through the rapids with the guidance of our expert team. This spirited river ride adds an element of pure fun to your day, ensuring that the journey down the river canyon is as thrilling as it is beautiful.

2. Riverside Camps, a Haven of Serenity in the Remote Wilderness

Riverside camp on the Main Salmon

Escape the noise of the world and discover the hidden gems of riverside camping along the Main Salmon River. Each night, as the sun sets and paints the sky with hues of gold and crimson, find yourself embraced by the tranquility of secluded campsites nestled in nature’s loving embrace. Far away from the crowds, these private havens offer a sense of remoteness and peace that is truly unmatched. Picture yourself unwinding by the campfire playing games, sharing stories under a blanket of stars, and drifting off to sleep to the soothing lullaby of the river’s rhythmic flowing and roiling. These riverside camps are a peaceful sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Experience the joy of truly wild and peaceful riverside camps, while clinking glasses to old and new friends, new places, and new experiences.

3. Wine, the Elixir of Connection:

Elk Cove Vineyards wine on riverside beach

Indulge in the delightful elixir that binds hearts and fuels the spirit of togetherness – wine. Elk Cove Vineyards brings its passion and exceptional wines to the heart of this journey, elevating your experience to new heights (don’t worry you don’t have to drink wine to enjoy this trip, but it helps). Raise your glass and let the velvety notes dance upon your palate, as you toast to the magic of the Main Salmon River. Elk Cove Vineyards brings the taste of Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Idaho. Let the love for wine deepen your connection to nature, your companions, and the moment at hand. I know most of us enjoy a nice glass of wine after a beautiful day navigating rapids and exploring beautiful river canyons.

4. Rich and Diverse History

Historical bunk house

Nicknamed “The River of No Return” the Salmon River is rich in diverse history. From Lewis and Clark, the Nez Pearce, and Shoshone-Bannock tribes, to historic outlaws you are in for endless stories and histories along this trip. Nicknamed “The River of No Return” for the remote and rugged nature of the canyon, it also made an appealing location for outlaws looking to evade capture.

The Main Salmon River holds a storied past, blending indigenous heritage, exploration, mining history, outlaws, and outdoor adventure, making it a captivating destination for those seeking natural beauty and historical significance. Don’t worry, our guides love to talk about the rich history along the way and we stop at some pretty neat spots.

5. Gourmet Food

Salmon cooking at camp
Photo by Brie Molchan

One of the benefits of a river trip, is remote camps, with many of the luxuries of car camping. This means we bring good food! Picture the serene flow of the river, and imagine indulging in a delectable feast prepared for you by our friendly and talented guides. Fresh salmon, shimmering with silver hues, is an iconic choice on the river named after these beautiful and delicious fish. As the fire crackles, skilled hands expertly season food, and prepare a meal with care and love. Meanwhile, a glass of exquisite wine is poured, its rich bouquet dancing with anticipation. With each bite, your meal, perfectly complements the harmonious notes of the Elk Cove wine. This river journey offers not only breathtaking scenery but also a sensory symphony that celebrates the finest pleasures of gourmet cooking.

A Toast to Unforgettable Connections:

friends laughing at camp
Photo by Brie Molchan

Raise your glass and celebrate the power of human connections that are woven throughout this extraordinary trip. Experience the perfect fusion of nature’s beauty, the love for exceptional wines, and the power of human connections on this magical Main Salmon River adventure with Elk Cove Vineyards. From September 2 to 7, immerse yourself in the enchanting dance of the river, awaken your senses to the symphony of wine, and celebrate the joy of forging unforgettable connections. Let this extraordinary journey be a celebration of life, love, and the sheer wonder of the world around us. Embrace the magic that awaits and raise your glass to a journey that will forever leave an indelible mark on your heart.