Hughes River Expeditions

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Salmon River Canyons


Salmon River Canyon offers roller coaster rapids, perfect swimming water, and wonderful basalt canyonlands. Camping on exotic pure white sand beaches is unforgettable. Salmon River is the largest undammed river in the continental United States.

Guest Experiences on The Salmon River Canyons

As I drove home from Lewiston, I allowed myself to bathe in the memories of our family river float trip….kids enjoy the paddleboat, the kayaks, the hikes, the swims, the football, the leaping off columnar basalt into a most refreshing pool, spotting of wildlife…. the most remarkable of which were a group of Bighorn sheep performing a dance for us on a beach…river games the last night, the wonderful meals…fly fishing….  I wanted to get back to you with my expression of gratitude and recognition of the incredible dedication and hard work exhibited by the crew.
D. Heilman (2019)

Hughes River Expeditions, Inc. provides:

  • All meals beginning with lunch the first day, and ending with lunch the last day of the trip
  • Coast Guard approved whitewater life jackets
  • Farmer John wetsuits (if necessary)
  • Freshly laundered sleeping bags, small camp pillows and thermorest self-inflating sleeping pads
  • Tents (a tent for 2 guests or a tent for singles)
  • Ground tarps
  • Camp chairs
  • Waterproof gear packs for your personal gear. Size of pack is 13.5″ x 26″
  • Day bags
  • Camera boxes (Pelican brand diving boxes)
  • Toilet paper
  • First aid supplies
  • Eating Utensils (cups, silver, plates)
  • Water bottle (1 per guest)
  • Unlimited potable water
  • Plenty of ice for beverages
Snowhole Rapids
Blue Canyons View from Frog Point

You should bring:

  • Nylon shorts and/or swimming suit (1 pair for every other day)
  • T-shirts (1 per day)
  • Light weight pants (1 pair)
  • Nylon wind shirt/jacket
  • Good rain gear (jacket & pants) IMPORTANT! (can also be used as wind gear)
  • Camp shoes, lightweight (athletic or deck shoes)
  • River shoes (sneakers or sandals with heel straps)
  • Wool or Synthetic gloves/mittens
  • Wool or Synthetic socks
  • Synthetic long underwear (tops & bottoms)
  • Wool or Synthetic stocking cap or balaclava
  • Jacket (pile or polar fleece) Pile or polar fleece pants are optional
  • Small flashlight
  • Pillow case (from home – our camp pillows are small. You can stuff a pillowcase with pile clothing & our camp pillow to make a comfy pillow)
  • Towel, soap & toiletry items. Travel pack of handiwipes
  • Skin lotion
  • Waterproof sun screen & sun screen lip balm
  • Sunglasses with straps
  • Fishing gear with plenty of flies & lures
  • Camera with extra battery and memory card
  • Your favorite beverages (can when possible)
  • Insect repellent


Wool, synthetic, pile and fleece items are important as they provide warmth when wet. Cotton drains heat from the body when it gets wet, and should not be substituted for these items.Plan to “layer” clothing for maximum comfort. On the rafts, guides typically wear nylon shorts, T-shirt, cap and sandals, with rain gear and polypro underwear, etc. handy in one of our day bags in case of a shower or cool weather. Polypro long underwear is usually unnecessary on the Snake or Salmon Canyon in July or August. However, the weather is impossible to predict and you should come prepared. Key items for comfort on the river for cool, wet weather are a good rain jacket and polypro long underwear.

Hughes River Travel Bags


This cordura duffel fits perfectly into our river duffel bags. It also can be “carried on” the airlines so you eliminate the risk of your luggage not arriving with you for your trip. Purchase a bag now in our Online Company Store!

hughes duffel

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