Frequently Asked Questions
Equipment provided on Salmon River camping trips:
There are a few frequently asked questions pertaining to river trips which we’ll cover here. We provide two-person Marmot tents, which have floors and mosquito netting (though bugs are not normally a problem), life jackets, helmets for paddle boats and inflatable kayaks, waterproof duffel and day bags, camera boxes and basic first-aid equipment. We provide self-inflating Thermarest sleeping pads. Sleeping bags are available by reservation for a small rental fee to cover cleaning fees after each use. We also provide cups and tableware. We have a full library of books and information about the Salmon River.
You will need:
Aggipah River Trips will provide you a suggested personal equipment list with your Salmon River trips confirmation.
Camping & Meals
We have developed an outstanding menu over our many years of river-side meal preparation, featuring dutch-ovens and open-fire cooking. Special diets, such as non-meat or allergies, can be arranged if we have notice prior to the trip.
As the seasons change, so does the river.
The experience of floating the Salmon River varies with the section of the Salmon River and the time you choose to float in. Lower Salmon, Main Salmon or the Middle Fork of the Salmon River rafting all offer different features depending on when you plan on river rafting in Idaho.
Forest Service regulations limit space and trip frequency on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon. We can begin a trip only once every eight days, with a limit of 24 passengers. Especially in the peak period of July and early August, space may not be available on short notice. For private, charter trips, fall is a good time to reserve for the following summer, to have best selection of date. This year, two of our Middle Fork trips were fully reserved by charter trips last fall. Other dates received a few reservations in the fall which prevented those dates from being chartered.
On the other hand, not all trips fill, and there is often space for a few additions within a few days of trip departure, especially early and late in the season. Most reservations are made several months ahead. While last-minute vacation opportunities do arise, most last-minute decisions are the reverse–“something came up at work, can’t leave just now”. It is best to make a vacation plan early, and plan other activities around it–if you really want a vacation.
Day trips, either fishing or floating, can be more spontaneous. We like to have a few days to plan for scenic floats. Steelhead fishing space is limited, though we often get short-notice reservations. Fishing in late October and early November is reliable enough to reserve several weeks ahead to hold prime dates, but later in the fall and in the spring arrangements need to match river conditions, and tend to be short-notice.