COVID-19 Update April 27, 2020

Corona Virus and Your 2020 River Trip We are weathering this storm, waiting for good news along with all of you. We have come to count so many of you as close friends over the years. We are looking forward to new friendships with those of you we’re hoping to meet this summer. Your safety, and that of our crew and family, […]

Choose a River Trip Over a Cruise in 2020.

We recently took our two young boys on an 8-day Caribbean cruise. I could just leave it at that. Maybe I’m biased, or spoiled because I work in the travel industry, but this recent vacation was one I’ll never forget. And not in a good way. Let’s just say I learned a TON and I’m […]

main salmon lodge trips

2021 Main Salmon Lodge-to-Lodge River Trips

2021 Main Salmon Lodge-to-Lodge Trips The Ultimate Combination of Adventure & Rustic Luxury! Are you thrilled about the idea of spending five days on a wilderness whitewater adventure, but not so thrilled about the idea of having to camp each night in order to experience that? You won’t want to miss this unique Main Salmon […]

Stand-by rates

30% Off Stand-By River Trip Rates Available

We are now offering 30% off stand-by rates on trips with space available 21 days in advance of launch date! We know it can be hard to plan a trip months in advance. Sometimes you don’t know when your vacation days will be, you might not know the kids’ sports schedules, you might just be […]

Winter sweep boat


It’s beginning to look pretty Christmas-y around here…the river is slushy, soon it’ll be just a gurgle underneath the ice. That got us thinking about how we could extend a little holiday cheer from the Salmon River to you and your loved ones. What could be better in the depths of winter than knowing you’ve […]

River Trips are WAAAYYY More Than Just Whitewater!

River trips are WAAAYYY more than just whitewater… Have you been thinking about taking a whitewater rafting trip, but are concerned it will be just tons of scary whitewater every day? Or maybe you’ve never even thought about taking a river trip at all…but here’s why you SHOULD! River trips are about so much more […]

women's 4-day main salmon

Women’s 4-Day Main Salmon Lodge Retreat

Ladies! Are you ready for your next big adventure? Need a day (or 4) out? Check out our women’s 4-day Main Salmon lodge retreat! Join us for a special women’s-only Main Salmon lodge trip June 28-July 1, 2020. This is one we’re super excited about! One of our own outfitters, Steph Ellis, will be leading […]

Ice is flowing down the Salmon River

Ice is flowing down Salmon River in the Salmon area.  First ice of the season  was last Wednesday, much later than usual.  I usually regard ice-free river beyond the 10th of November as bonus time. I have seen ice by the 1st of November on occasion–though the early ice usually doesn’t last long.  There are […]

River Trips are for EVERYONE!

The best vacations are all-inclusive. Our river trips on Idaho’s Salmon and Middle Fork Salmon Rivers have it all.   As you can see, river trips have something for everyone. There is so much more to enjoy than just floating down the river. You’ll enjoy plenty of “camp time” which includes fishing, games, hikes, delicious, […]

steelhead fishing improving

Steelhead fishing is improving in the Salmon area

Steelhead fishing is improving in the Salmon area, in spite of the time of year.  In many years slush ice is flowing, at least some days, by this time, but yesterday the river was 42 degrees and clear.  The volume of the Salmon River at Salmon is about 20% greater than average.  Over the years, […]

Salmon River snowpack above average

The Salmon River snowpack is significantly above average the end of March. Reporting stations in the headwaters of the Middle Fork indicate about 150% of average snowpack for this date.  This would suggest that there will be higher than average river flows this summer.  Not a guarantee–a warm, dry spring could still change things.  The […]

Middle Fork Mishap

40 Years’ Worth of River Stories #1

2017 marks Aggipah’s 40th year guiding folks through Idaho’s Salmon River country. Along the way, we’ve picked up a story or two. Here’s today’s-it’s a shortie- by Bill Bernt. Going through the old photos the other day I came across this photo of a plane in the river at the bottom of Haystack Rapid on the […]

The Outfitters Salmon River

Outdoor Idaho’s “The Outfitters” Featuring Aggipah’s Bill Bernt

We were honored to spend a week on the Salmon River in August with Outdoor Idaho’s executive producer Bruce Reichert and cameraman Peter Morrill. They were working on a show for Idaho Public Television called “The Outfitters,” and you can see the finished product here. Be sure to watch the entire 26 minutes, it’s an […]

Salmon River Half-Day Float

Yesterday I had a Salmon River half-day float trip  near Salmon, a couple with two little girls in the boat.  That section of river does not have whitewater, but is a very scenic float along the cliffs near town.  The river is still cold, and the family did not want a couple of drenched little […]

Freedom Alliance and Aggipah River Trips

We teamed up with Freedom Alliance this past September on the Lower Salmon. This was a special trip for us. For the full article about the trip:

Dutch oven/open-fire cooking

Those Amazing Dutch Ovens

I was trying out a new recipe for our river trips earlier this morning, which made me think about a little article my dad, Bill Bernt, owner of Aggipah River Trips, wrote in the 80s about Dutch ovens. He had several articles published in a magazine called Northwest Living. He wrote all sorts of interesting pieces about […]

Salmon River steelhead contitions in Salmon

The Salmon River in the Salmon area is a little off-color, around 20 inches visibility.  Nights with freezing temperature are helping the river clear a bit, after the mud and high flow of two weeks ago.  River temperature has been reaching low 40s in the afternoon.  The Red Bluff boat launch has been cleared of […]

Elk in Salmon River country

Elk in the Pahsimeroi Valley

My son-in-law and I took a drive to the Pahsimeroi Valley last month, and spotted this herd of elk in a field. A rough count was 375, cows, calves, and a few spikes.  Across the Pahsimeroi river was a small bull herd, about 15 animals, all bulls, from mature to spikes. Forty years ago, I […]

Tan water in Salmon

Warm overnight temperatures have started snow melting off the valley floor in the Salmon valley, and the Salmon River has turned tan.  Steelhead fishing had been very good through the winter, but until the river clears, fishing is a waste of time.  Freezing nights will help, but until the low snow melts, the river is […]

Dutch oven cherry crisp

Aggipah’s Dutch-Oven Cherry Crisp

One of our favorite and most talked-about river desserts is cherry crisp. You may make this with any canned fruit. We’ve tried peaches, raspberries and blackberries(separately) and they are great, too. Our desserts have evolved over the decades, though many of our river recipes have been in use for over 35 years now. Back in the […]

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