Lodge Trips Main Salmon River Whitewater Rafting Idaho
4-Day Salmon River Lodge Trips
Adult & Youth $2300.00 pp $600.00 deposit
Launch Dates: June 21, 29; July 07, 15, 23, 31; Aug. 08, 16, 24; Sept. 01, 07
Requires flight off river back to Salmon Idaho
If you are looking for the best of both worlds, a lodge trip with
River Time Guide Service is the trip for you. Imagine yourself spending the day whitewater rafting through some
of the best rapids in Idaho, swimming in crystal clean coves and hiking back to explore old homesteads, all the
while knowing that at the end of the day a hot shower, delicious meal and a comfy bed await you. Each evening
you will spend the night at a turn-of-the -century homestead, hunting or fishing lodge located on the banks of
the Main Salmon River. With the rustic comfort of home you will awake refreshed and ready for your next day of
whitewater rafting adventure on the Main Salmon River.
Your last night of lodging accommodations will be at Ram's House at Mackay Bar.
We will arrive in plenty of time for you to hike, fish or just relax before dinner is served. The last day of your trip
after a great breakfast. . On the morning of day 5 you will end your trip with a scenic flight out of the canyon from Ram's
House . We can arrange for a charter flight to arrive after breakfast on the last day of your trip and take you back to
Salmon, McCall or Boise. This flight is not included in the trip price.
Pioneers settled the banks of the Main Salmon River, building homesteads, fishing
and hunting lodges from the materials they could acquire nearby. Fishing and hunting lodges also dotted the shores of the
Main Salmon River. When the River of No Return Wilderness was established, these original homesteads, fishing and hunting
lodges and their structures remained protected by Congress. Now, by booking a Lodge Accommodation trip, you can explore
and enjoy these locations that are only accessible by river, horse, or in some cases airplane. Dorm-style accommodations
are available as well as private rooms for couples. Each lodge is different, but all have flushing toilets. Hot showers
are available at most locations, and the hospitality is second to none. The following lodges are available for overnight
stays on the trips. Your trip will probably not include all of the lodges. Lodge selection is based on group size, water
levels, lodge availability, and trip length.
River Time Guide Service provides the following:
Transportation from Stagecoach Inn to Corn Creek
All on-river meals & beverages
Lodge accommodations at a different lodge each night while on the river
Experienced and knowledgeable guides
Waterproof personal dry bag & day bag
Coast guard approved life jackets
Splash tops and wet suits when needed
Complimentary River Time T-shirt or hat
You are responsible for:
All meals and lodging before and after your trip
Pre-&-Post trip charter flights
Personal clothing and other miscellaneous items
The River of No Return Lodge
The first lodge is 18.0 miles from your starting point of Corn Creek. The accommodations are individual rooms with two or
three twin beds, while some rooms have double beds and shared bathrooms. The rooms are rustic and clean. There are flushing
toilets and hot showers. The main lodge has a dining area, and a very comfortable lounge with couches and large chairs for
reading, visiting, or just watching the river and world go by. There is an old cabin here, built by Johnny Briggs, that is
on the National Historic Register. There is great hiking and fishing in the area.
Arctic Creek Lodge
Jim O'Conner's lodge is perched at the mouth of Arctic Creek in an unlikely spot
right at the start of Black Canyon, 20 miles from Corn Creek. Arctic Creek Lodge lies in the middle of the steep Salmon
River Canyon only a few steps away from the river. You will enjoy seclusion in a wilderness environment while affording
some of the conveniences of home. There is one large sleeping cabin with dorm style sleeping area in two partitioned-off
sleeping areas. There are no showers and the toilets are the very comfortable and new composting-type outhouse style.
There is fishing and relaxing, and the front deck looks right over the river. There is a trail that follows Arctic Creek
Whitewater Ranch Lodge
Whitewater was first homesteaded in 1897. It sits up off of the river by 1/4
mile; we have floated 39.0 miles from Corn Creek. The lodge has changed hands many times in its history. The book River
of No Return tells about the colorful history of the ranch. The present owners are two brothers and their families who
have been re-furbishing all the cabins and out-buildings. There are three cabins that have two queen beds each. One cabin
has upstairs sleeping with single beds. Each cabin has its own bathroom with flushing toilets and hot showers. One
interesting note: the ranch gets all its electricity from it very own Pelton Wheel–a type of water power generator.
The Salmon River Trail runs through the property.
China Bar Lodge
Jess & Brenda Baugh are the owner and host here at China Bar Lodge. We have
rafted 46 miles from Corn Creek. China Bar sits on 20 acres. Between 1882-1884 the area was mined extensively by Asian
miners. There are two large sleeping cabins with dorm style sleeping in the front area, sleeping rooms with two single
beds, and a shower room with a sink. The main lodge has a large dining area and living room overlooking the river. In the
main lodge there is one of the best collections of original photos and history of the Main Salmon River that can be found.
Interconnecting the two sleeping cabins and main lodge is a large elevated outside deck with it's own outdoor dining area.
Short hikes up Lemhi Creek are available and fishing in the river at the mouth of Lemhi.
Ram's House At Mackey Bar
We have floated 56 miles to get here. Ram's House lodge has the view of the
canyon like no other lodge it sits on 43 acres of pure wilderness. High above the river about a 1/4 mile. Our bags and
those not wanting to hike are loaded up on ATV and drove up a trail to the lodge. There is time to sit back and relax and
enjoy the the sheer size and depth of the main salmon river. Up stairs in the lodge are three rooms that have beds and
bathrooms to accommodate our group size Dining is on the main floor. Ram's House lodge has a feel of a large house very
inviting. This we be our last night together, you will either jet boat out of the canyon or arrangements can be made for a
flight of the canyon at Wilson Bar airstrip.
"Thank you soooooo much for the wonderful trip we had this summer on the Salmon River.
David and I will always remember it as one of the best vacations we have ever had.
We would love to be back right now!"
Ruth and David - San Francisco CA