Main Salmon - Mind Body Paddle

Main Salmon

Main Salmon

Are you ready to press pause, unplug, clear your mind and find your joy?

Join a group of like-minded women traveling down one of the most pristine and majestic rivers in the country. No cell service, no internet, no news – just you, your crew, delicious food and the river.

Benefits

  • Calm, peaceful mind.
  • Active adventure that benefits mind and body.
  • Freedom to be and express yourself just as you are.
  • An environment where you can unplug completely from the stress of the news, deadlines, social media and work.
  • Greater connection with nature’s intelligence.
  • Deeper connection with your natural intelligence and what’s important to you.
  • New friendships, community and support.
  • Relaxation.
  • Confidence building.
  • Laughter.
  • Choose your craft – raft, inflatable kayak, kayak or SUP!

Includes

  • Morning yoga.
  • Delicious, freshly prepared food – 3 meals per day.
  • Experienced female guides from  California Womens Collective and CANYONS River Company.
  • Raft support.
  • Inflatable kayaks.
  • Kayaks (for experienced whitewater kayakers).
  • Canoes (for experienced canoeists).
  • Limited SUP options.
  • Beverages.
  • Tents.
  • Dry bags to pack your gear.
  • Wet suits.
  • River equipment.

About the River

The Main is big western class III/IV water at its best! Each rapid gives you a choice between a wild ride down one side or a more conservative line on the other. Beautiful, big sandy beaches make for easy camping and inspiring yoga. Moose, black bear, bighorn sheep, and golden eagle are often spotted in the canyon. Did we mention that you get to soak in hot springs too?! You’ll also see the occasional jet boat that supplies the historical ranches along the river with mail, food, and other necessities. The Main Salmon and the Middle Fork of the Salmon are the ancestral homes of the Nez Perce and Shoshone-Bannock.

What if I’m a beginner or have no whitewater experience?

There is no paddling skill level required for this trip!

Ride in a raft, paddle an inflatable kayak, or if you’re a beginner whitewater kayaker, switch out with other ladies on the trip to paddle the easier sections and work on your skills. You can move between crafts and get the full experience!

“I had never been out on the water before joining this group last year and I loved every day of it. It’s amazing!!” – Nina, Montreal, Canada

Can I Whitewater Kayak the River?

If you’re an experienced whitewater kayaker and you’re comfortable on Class III and have at least a 70% success rate with your combat roll then you can paddle the whole river.  Or take a break from your kayak to hang out in a raft or try a stand up paddleboard.

Can I SUP the River?

If you’re an experienced whitewater SUPer you can also paddle the whole river on your board or change it up between raft and board. Canyons has limited SUPs to choose from so we recommend that you bring your own whitewater SUP for the trip.

“To travel 80 miles on the Main Salmon River, is to experience the vast beauty of Idaho wilderness while embarking on a personal journey of being present apart from everyday life and expectations. Thank you Anna and Canyons for making it happen! I still still feel the awe and wonder of the trip in my bones. ” – Sarah, WI

Dates: September 5 – 10, 2023

Cost:  $2495.00 per person ($500 deposit to book your spot)

“I noticed my mind began to stop racing; the distractions faded. I accepted just being THERE, just flowing with the river. I became encircled by this group of interesting, supportive, accepting women who all shared my joy in paddling the river.  The wilderness is mystical, providing perspective and a sense of one’s place in the fabric of life. Words don’t do this trip justice. I am SO glad I went!!” – Dee, VA

Price includes: Kayak, SUP, IK professional instruction/guiding, daily yoga class, healthy and gourmet meals, beverages, tents, dry bags, wet suits, river equipment, and, for experienced paddlers, the use of our canoes and kayaks.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE sleeping bags/inflatable pads (available for a $35+tax rental fee); $24 USFS recreation fee, air transportation described in the FLIGHT OPTION section of Canyons website at canyonsinc.com

Book Now!!
Call Canyons (208)-634-4303
Email [email protected] or CLICK HERE to book online.

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