Pristine alpine scenery, deep gorges, waterfalls, and solitude in the largest wilderness area in the US
Rich history featuring indigenous pictographs and relics from early explorers
Beaches, waterfalls, natural hot springs, fun whitewater - the Main Salmon has it all!
Over 100 exciting rapids (up to class III+). Experience them from a raft or inflatable kayak - the choice is yours!
Idaho’s Main Stem of the Salmon River accesses the most pristine terrain in the US, slicing through the 2.3 million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area (the largest roadless area in the country). The Main Salmon River is famous for its large sandy beaches for camping, warm water (70+F in September) for swimming, great trout fishing, fun whitewater, and arguably the best hot spring in the Pacific Northwest. No river displays all these characteristics quite like the Main Salmon River. It also boasts a canyon that is deeper than the Grand Canyon. The river has recently become famous as one of the best stand-up paddleboard (SUP) river trips in the world for its warm water and fun/safe wave-train rapids.
The early river runners called the Salmon River the "River of No Return" because their wooden boats were scrapped at the end of their journey and used to build many of the cabins you see in the canyon. The Salmon River is chock full of historic miner’s cabins, homesteads, and Shoshone Sheepeater and Nez Pierce Indian pictographs and pit houses -- and is a river you’ll likely want to return to time and again!
Main Salmon River Raft Expedition
Wilderness Medicine CME
DAY 1 Meet at 7:30am at the Stagecoach Inn for a 2-hour bus ride to the Corn Creek, the put-in for the Main Salmon River. Then, we journey into the pristine heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, where we’ll encounter class III rapids.
This river calls to adventure seekers, who can choose between the paddle raft, inflatable kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and our luxurious “Queen of Sheeba Couch.” Fishing is excellent for anglers of all levels, and warm temperatures call for frequent dips in the river. In the evenings, we’ll enjoy delicious dutch oven dinners, relaxing by the campfire, playing horseshoes, listening to the guides sing and play guitar, and watching for shooting stars.
DAYS 2-5 Each day brings new discoveries: exciting rapids like Black Creek, Bailey, 5 Mile, Split Rock, Big Mallard, Elkhorn and Growler rapids, historical sites such as Buckskin Bill’s homestead and Jim Moore’s place (maybe you’ll find the fortune he buried in the hillside!), and the highly anticipated Barth Hot Springs — known as the best hot spring in the Pacific Northwest!
We’ll have opportunities to visit the “off-grid” homesteads of families who live along the river year round — Sue and Greg Metz at Yellow Pine homestead, Doug and Phyllis Tims at Campbells Ferry homestead, and Five Mile Bar, home to the river’s most famous resident, “Buckskin Bill.”
There are abundant hiking options along the way: Chamberlain and Bargamin Creeks, Rabbit Point, and Indian Creek, where you’ll see 2,000-year-old “immortal” yew trees.
DAY 6 We float for 5-10 miles this morning and run challenging rapids like Chittam and Vinegar Creek and arrive at the take-out at Carey Creek around 10am.
Choose from a variety of riverside lodges in the scenic town of Salmon, ID. We will meet at the Stagecoach Inn the night before your trip begins.TRAVEL TO SALMON, ID
Your adventure begins in the town of Salmon, ID. Boise (BOI) and Missoula (MSO) are the closest airports (most guests rent a car and take a scenic 2-hour drive from from Missoula or 5-hour drive from Boise), or you can book a flight from Boise to Salmon, ID in a small airplane with Sawtooth Flying Service.
If you are driving to Salmon, you will be advised on how to have your vehicle shuttled to McCall, ID which is near the ending point of your river trip
*We will provide transportation from Salmon to the river put-in point on Day 1 and from the take-out to McCall on Day 6.AFTER THE TRIP
We will arrive at the take-out point at Carey Creek around 10am on Day 6. We provide transportation (2 hours) from Carey Creek to McCall, Idaho, arriving around 2-3pm.
Trip Cost: $2,750*
Optional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on double occupancy.
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"Everyone on the faculty was fabulous. I love them all. Excellent guide staff. Location is beautiful, remote, relaxing, and conducive to joyful learning. This course has enhanced who I am."
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COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES
- Altitude Illness
- Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
- Environmental Heat Illness
- Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
- Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
- Lightning Injuries
- Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
- Management of Fractures and Dislocations
- Preparing for Foreign Travel
- Backcountry Medical Kits
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Marine Hazards & Envenomations
- Snake Envenomation
CME ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."
The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only. Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.
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