Main Salmon River Jet Boat Tours

Scenic Jet Boat Tours

For anyone seeking to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature and the closest of friends and family, the Salmon River stands as the benchmark of adventure on one of the premier wilderness rivers on earth.

Adventure Vacation in the Wilderness

Your adventure begins at the end of the road 28 miles from Riggins at Vinegar Creek boat ramp. Here you will board one of our jet boats for a memorable ride through the heart of the Frank Church Wilderness, where photo opportunities seem to be everywhere as you pass through the beautiful Salmon River canyon. The jet boat captain will stop at some of the historical sites along the way, sharing 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. We have specialty private charters such as Eagle watching, Photography Trips and wine tasting excursions. 

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". 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.

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Escape ... into the Wilderness

Idaho’s Wild and Scenic 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 and the Salmon winds its way through the second deepest canyon on the continent. The mighty Salmon is a world-renown river adventure, offering one a unique chance to disconnect from civilization and become immersed in a virtually untouched natural wonder. We journey up the Salmon River where many turn around, come experience these historical sites and homesteads:

  • Polly Bemis
  • Buckskin Bills Museum
  • Shepp Ranch
  • Mackay Bar
  • Painter Mine
  • Reho Wolf's Cabin at Rhett Creek
  • China Bar
  • Jim Moore's Cabins and Cambell's Ferry

Lewis and Clark

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.

Full Day Scenic Jet Boat 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.
Rate … $165.00 per person 10:00am to 3:30pm

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2 Day Tour 1 Night at Ram House Lodge

Overnight Lodging w/Dinner and Breakfast

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 with whitewater, campfire, great meals and stops at famous historical sites.

Rates ... $305.00 per person 2:00 pickup at vinegar creek return around 1:00 the next day.

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3 or 4 Day Wilderness Escape

Escape and reconnect to nature in Idaho's Wilderness, enjoy relaxing on the deck or in the hammock. Take a hike with your fly rod or just listen to the birds and the Salmon River flowing by. 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.

Rate ... 3 Day 2 Night … $589.00 per person

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Rate ... 4 Day 3 Night ... $849.00 per person

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All overnight trips start at Vinegar Creek boat launch 28 miles from Riggins at 2:00pm, you will be back around noon.

Fishing Packages

Let our experienced guides take you on an adventure of a lifetime, escape into the wilderness for Steelhead, native Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout.

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