Whitebird Summit Lodge & Ranch

Hells Canyon, Salmon & Snake River: Whitewater Rafting, Jet Boat Tours, Horseback Riding and More!


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Whitewater Rafting, Whitebird Summit Lodge
Whitewater Rafting, Whitebird Summit Lodge

Whitewater Rafting

WE WORK WITH THE BEST SNAKE & SALMON RIVER RAFTING OUTFITTERS

While in Idaho white water rafting should be on your list of vacation adventures. We can provide your family and friends a deluxe Idaho whitewater rafting vacation.  Our family white water vacations are designed around fun activities for kids at camp and safety on the river, ensuring a great time for everyone. More than just a whitewater rafting trip with wildlife, breathtaking scenery, hiking, hot springs, beach games, swimming, sun bathing or just relaxing in the shade reading a book. We can make your adventure exciting and fun but still have time to relax on our beautiful beaches. Safety is a high priority on any of the Idaho rafting trips. All guides will also educate and entertain you with information about river running and give you a great appreciation for the area and its history.

River Rafting Information

All rivers are rated on a “class” scale to help you determine the hazards associated with the whitewater on each river trip. Many of our guests are in search of moderate whitewater where you not only feel the excitement of the rapids but also relax and soak up the beauty of the wilderness. Others are looking for a more intense whitewater experience. Regardless of your choice, be assured that our river outfitters have the best safety records in the industry. Note that the “class” scale was introduced after the rapids in Grand Canyon had already been rated therefore the Grand Canyon is rated on the older “1-10” system. A size 10 rapid in Grand Canyon would be a class V rapid, and so on.

Whitewater Class I – VI Rating Scale:

  • Class I Fast moving water with uniform waves that tug at the boat. No obstacles with very little need for manuevering. Each of our trips have some stretches of calm class I water, creating a pleasant break between larger rapids.
  • Class II Large uniform waves and or drops that are easy to navigate with little manuevering. Some obstacles in wide channels that can be discovered without scouting. Some big splashes of water are common, lots of fun, little danger.
  • Class III Large powerful rapids with irregular waves and narrow passages that makes the boat shimmy and sends hearts racing. Large amounts of water in your face with plenty of excitement and thrill with some avoidable danger. Aviodance of obstacles and manuevering required, scouting advised.
  • Class IV Long, difficult rapids, narrow passages with large drops, turbulent water that requires precise maneuvering in the rapid. Large obstacles and danger for swimmers, requires skilled guides and scouting.
  • Class V At the limits of navigation, that requires precise manuevering, large whirlpools and undertoes. Should only be attempted by highly adventurous and in shape experienced river runners. Very dangerous, deliver’s a large adrenaline rush.Class VI Beyond the limits of navigation, serious threat to life. Only the most expert should attempt this. Commercial raft trips don’t go here. There’s too much other water to enjoy.
  • When is the best time to go White Water Rafting in Idaho

Spring time rafting May through June has it’s wildflowers and higher water flows for exciting whitewater and more time for hiking. Although temperatures during the day are warm the nights can be chilly and the water temperatures cool. Most of the rafting companies provides wetsuits and splash gear for all of the spring trips. Most of our river trips are uncrowded wilderness areas but these early trips are usually smaller groups and less busy overall.

July and August are the most predictable with hot sunny days with little humidity or bugs. The whitewater is good and the water temperatures are warm. On the Salmon River the beaches get bigger as the water flows fall.

September is uncrowded and offers some of the mildest weather, although water temps can start to fall and the nights will be a bit cooler. Lower water flows usually make for better fishing and a slower paced trip.

Rafting, Horse Trail riding, Jet boating, and Fishing activities are booked with permitted and licensed outfitters in the state of Idaho. Fees for rafting, jet boating and fishing activities are to be paid directly to the outfitter operating that trip. If you are paying by a credit card you will see the charges for activities separated and charged by the specific outfitter.