Hughes River Expeditions

River Equipment

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We offer a superb selection of quality river equipment. We do our best to match the boats to your particular interests, so be sure to let us know your preferences. Guests often plan to rotate between the various types of craft during the trip. All rafts and inflatable kayaks are self-bailing.

Entering Upper Cliffside Rapids

Oar Rafts


The traditional craft, comfortable and exciting to ride, a fine fishing platform, controlled by your guide. 15-17 foot oar rafts are available.

Paddle Boating the MF Salmon

Paddle Rafts


Participate in all the action! Your guide captains the paddle team and explains the route through each rapid.

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Inflatable Kayaks


Solo or tandem boats used for selected portions of a trip. Great fun!

MFS 23 Fly Fishing Boat Hooked Up

Fishing Rafts


Two fishermen/boat and guide.  Our rafts are customized for our unique multi-day whitewater infused fly fishing excursions.  We use 13′ & 13.5′ Hyside Rafts with custom frames that include a front lean bar with stripping basket and a rear swivel seat for 2 anglers per boat. Rods, reels and tackle provided. Check for rates and details.

Gear boat on the salmon river

Supply Boats


Custom-designed pontoons carry the camp gear, duffle, and extra ice chests on the Snake, Middle Fork, Salmon, and Grande Ronde trips. Supply pontoons allow us to offer guest boats that are comfortable, uncluttered, and especially maneuverable. Each day the supply boatman floats ahead to prepare the evening’s camp. When you arrive, your duffle is already unloaded into camp, the tents are pitched, and the kitchen is organized.

Guest Experiences

“Truly an amazing trip!  I think my clients yesterday may have gotten sick of me talking about it.”
J. Eaton, Bozeman, MT (2016)

Hughes River Expeditions Provides:

  • All meals beginning with lunch the 1st day and ending with lunch the last day of the trip
  • Coast Guard approved whitewater life jackets
  • Farmer John wet suits for spring & early summer trips
  • Freshly laundered sleeping bags and camp pillows
  • Deluxe sleeping pad
  • Tent for every two guests, or a tent for singles
  • Ground tarps
  • Camp Chairs and Tables complete w/ table clothes and REAL plates and silverware.
  • Waterproof Gears Packs for your personal gear
  • Day Bags
  • Camera Boxes
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Eating Utensils (cups, silver, plates)
  • A limited complimentary supply of beverages which includes soda, beer, fruit juice and wine
  • Plenty of Ice for Beverages

We’re here to answer any and all of your questions!

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