Hughes River Expeditions

Family Owned and Operated

Since 1976


Idaho River Rafting With Hughes River Expeditions


Hughes River Expeditions has been outfitting world-class river rafting and fly fishing vacations on rivers in the West since 1976. You will find us on some of the West’s most spectacular whitewater rivers: Idaho’s famous Middle Fork of the Salmon, Main Salmon -River of No Return & Salmon River Canyons, as well as the amazing Selway River.

Hughes River Expeditions is licensed by the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board and permitted by the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to outfit extended river trips through Idaho’s Federal Public Lands. Incredibly, 61.65% of Idaho is Federal Land. Middle Fork of the Salmon, Main Salmon – River of No Return, and Selway all flow through large Wilderness Areas managed by the US Forest Service. The Salmon River Canyons flow through lonely Public Resource Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

HRE also runs multiple famous fly fishing and scenic rivers in Central & Western Montana such as the: Dearborn River, Clark Fork River- Alberton Gorge, Upper & Lower Clark Fork River, Bitterroot River, Blackfoot River, and the Missouri River.

The “Hughes Crew” is what distinguishes Hughes River Expeditions from other outfits. They have exceptional river skills and years of experience. Each is an expert outdoor cook, and their diverse backgrounds and personalities make our multi-generational family rafting vacations memorable and fun for everyone. River Rafting with Hughes River Expeditions offers a casual style, reflecting the best of Western warmth and hospitality. And, always – safety first when rafting with Hughes River Expeditions.

Call us today to schedule your river trip!

The Hughes Experience


Join Hughes River Expeditions on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, Main Salmon – River of No Return, Salmon River Canyons, and Selway rivers in Central & North Idaho or one of our many trips in Central & Western Montana Rivers. We promise wonderful vacations, spectacular rivers, expert professional guides, delicious meals, excellent equipment, and first-class service. We are committed to ecologically sound camping practices, and our appreciation for this backcountry is matched by the care we show for it. Hughes River Expeditions has been running river trips in the West since 1976, and Jerry Hughes has worked as a professional river guide in this region since 1967. References are available on request. Our intentions are to outfit and guide the best whitewater rafting trips available.

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Jazz/Folk Fusion on the Main Salmon River

View this email in your browser SPECIALTY TRIP SPOTLIGHT Jazz Trip on the Main Salmon River: The Frank Church Sessions There is Still Space on our very exciting  Jazz/Western Folk Fusion Band Trip for our August 27-September 1 Main Salmon River. *Click on picture of the band above to check ...
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My husband and I just came out of the river this morning. We did a 6 day Middle Fork/Salmon float trip. The guides (Aaron, Buzz, Hardy, Josh, Robbie, Tony, and Travis), the boats, the camps, and the food were 5 stars. We rarely repeat trips. We would repeat this trip in a heartbeat. Thank you Hughes!
I. Audet, Malden, MA (2015)
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