Kayaking the Middle Fork Salmon
The Middle Fork Salmon is a world classic mutli-day kayaking trip. Every hard shell kayaker should plan or running the Middle Fork Salmon during their kayaking career. Whether you are looking for the higher water with bigger rapids in June or you are an intermediate kayaker just looking to experience Idaho’s prinstine wilderness, the Middle will not disappoint! This video is from July 11th 2013 at medium/low water around 2.2 feet on the Middle Fork Lodge Gauge. We hope you enjoy the video! If you are thinking about coming to Idaho to paddle the Middle Fork, give us a call to help find the right time of year for you. Find out more and the Middle Fork Salmon kayaking page…
Middle Fork Flathead
The Middle Fork Flathead, five day river trip through the alpine forest of the Great Bear Wilderness is at the top of multi-day rafting trips in Montana! Great whitewater, hiking opportunities, mountain lakes, fishing, wildlife, wildflowers and much more. The Great Bear borders Glacier National Park and is also part of the larger Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Learn more about this great wilderness trip on the Middle Fork Flathead page…
Alsek River Expedition
A 12-day wilderness adventure into a truly wild place in Canada and Alaska. Recently ranked the #1 whitewater rafting trip in the World by National Geographic! A trip of a lifetime into a place larger than life. Discover the remains of the last ice age and the largest non-polar ice cap in the World! We float on this incredible river past glaciers and paddle through ice bergs in two different glacial lakes. All around impressive wilderness experience. Read more about the Alsek…
Upper Owyhee – Tough Trip Through Paradise
With the incredible water year of 2011 guides Shane Moser, Jon Green, and Walter the river dog set out for the ultimate Idaho wilderness adventure, Owyhee Canyonlands. They put in a Duck Valley Indian Reservation near the Nevada/Idaho border. Over the next 17-days they floated the entire Owyhee River, Duck Valley to Birch Creek in Oregon a 190 mile river trip! Unfortunately camera batteries died way before the last day, so the video for just from the upper section of their epic journey. Read an article by Shane on Owhyee adventures, The Owyhee – Tough Trip Through Paradise…
Middle Fork Salmon July 3rd
This July 3rd trip on the Middle Fork Salmon, was a little different than most July 3rd trips. That difference being that we were running on June water in July. With the cool spring of 2011 combined with the above average snowpack, lead to this trip launching at 5.5 feet on the Middle Fork Lodge Gauge. Which is not extreme high water, but for July it was very unusual. We had the Margot Baker crew which is a really fun group that has taken many trips with WRO. The Baker family is one trip away from joining the WRO Grand Slam Club!
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Skipper Trip Main Salmon 2011
Skipper Tonsmeire is family here at WRO. Skipper has been coming out for a Main Salmon or Middle Fork Salmon each year for over 25 years. He always brings different people, but you know if he invited them on his trip, they are going to be fun! This trip was great, such a fun group of people, and a mix of family and friends. Mac Tonsmeire decided to try the inflatable kayak through Black Canyon. There was plenty of discussion about the high chance of a kayak turnover, but he and several other Tonsmeire’s all went for it. Watch to see what happened. Also this was the first video with our new motion graphic. Enjoy
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Main Salmon August 1st 2011
This video is from a charter trip on the Main Salmon in 2011. It started with a couple families and quickly grew to 16 people. This video includes the two new rapids that were formed on the Main Salmon in 2011, Alder Creek and Black Canyon. This summer they were probably the two biggest rapids of the trip, for most of the summer. The kids really enjoyed this trip, non-stop fun all day long! Watch in this video as Andre takes a rouge wave to the face near the end of the video… Enjoy
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Middle Fork Salmon July 19th 2011
This video is from our Middle Fork Salmon trip on July 19th, 2011. We had great water on this trip, perfect level for going from Boundary Creek. The water had dropped enough that the fishing was really good this week as well. Still great water for the rapids to be exciting with many fun waves throughout the 100 miles. We had a mixed group, but everyone got along great and quickly became friends. Fun week for everyone here at WRO. Hope you enjoy the video…
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MIDDLE FORK SALMON KAYAKING HD
The Middle Fork Salmon in June is a great time for kayakers to see this incredible Idaho canyon. Awesome spring flows, great kayakers from Tennessee, good whitewater, and fun surf waves made this Middle Fork kayak trip amazing. Hope you enjoy the video that guide Matt Westfall put together from all his documentation of the trip. Check out more about Middle Fork Salmon kayaking trips…
The Upper Owyhee is a tricky river to catch at the right water level for kayaking and rafting. Seth Tonsmeire and some other WRO guides pack all the gear needed for a six-day self support trip in their kayaks and headed for the upper in early spring. Traveling 100 miles over the next six-days, it was quite the Owyhee adventure. The Owyhee Canyonlands is a great place for those that seek true wilderness adventure. Over the six day trip, we only saw a couple other people and they were working BLM employees.
MUNTER DUCKY DOWN
Gold Hole on the Main Salmon near Riggins is a kayak surf destination. The surf at Gold Hole is only is at certain water levels. The wave is just upstream from the regular take out for the Main Salmon at Carey Creek. On one trip last summer and Gold Hole was in its prime. Guide Henry Munter being a long time kayaker was really wishing he had his hardshell kayak for a surf. Then realizing there were four inflatable kayaks in the trailer, not really perfect for surfing, but better than nothing. He made do and this was the result!
JUNE 16TH MIDDLE FORK SALMON
This video show the Middle Fork Salmon on our June 16th launch date. Our June trips are higher water than July and August. With more water these trip usually are more whitewater than other summer dates. If you are after a great big whitewater trip, a Middle Fork trip in June maybe a good fit for you? This video can help give you a good idea what June in Idaho is like. Later in the year is definitely warmer and a better fit if big whitewater is not what you are looking for. Read more on Middle Fork Salmon…
SNAKE vs TOAD
On a Main Salmon trip in 2010 we witnessed this epic nature battle between this snake and toad. The snake definitely had a big challenge cut out for him when he thought he could eat a toad of that size. It did provide great afternoon entertainment as they battled it out behind our camp site at Lower Bull. Watch this short video for a special reptile battle.
EXPERIENCE VEIL FALLS
Veil Falls in one of the most popular sites to visit on the Middle Fork Salmon. Veil creates an oasis as the winds blows the falls around watering the vegetation all day long. On a hot day, this falls creates a magical nature shower. Looking upward from the bottom, watching the water droplets fall is a magical experience. There are also Native American pictographs in Veil Cave, this has obviously been a popular spot for many many years. Veil maybe the most popular waterfall in the Impassable Canyon, but there are many other places that are equally as special as Veil. Read more about the Middle Fork…
River games on the Main Salmon are fun for all ages. Ducky wars were especially popular on this trip. The warmer waters of the Main Salmon offer fun water games and great swimming opportunities. The big Main Salmon beaches are not only great for camping on, but make a perfect playground for kids. For families the Main Salmon is hard to beat!
OLD SCHOOL JARBIDGE
Joe Tonsmeire and WRO were pioneer rafters on the Jarbidge Bruneau river in southern Idaho. Hard shell kayakers like Walt Blackadar had been running to Jarbidge, but few people if any had rafted it when Joe and brother Pepper set out for their first trip in one army surplus raft. This video was clipped together for reel to reel footage from a later trip in the 70’s. Even with the new rafting technology today the exciting whitewater the Jarbidge has to offer, still provides great thrills. Read more about the Jarbidge…
MAIN SALMON RIVER
The Main Salmon is a great all around river trip. It has the fun rapids, big sandy beaches, swimmable water, pioneer history, Native American pictographs, and much more. Families love the Main Salmon and it is a favorite among kids! Guide Matt Westfall put together this video, hope you enjoy! Read more on the Main Salmon…
MIDDLE FORK SALMON
This video highlights some of the river experiences the Middle Fork Salmon can provide. It starts off with a few shots from June, when the water is higher and more whitewater excitement. As the river drops there is still fun whitewater, just not as big as spring. This video also shows all the different boats that we use on the Middle Fork: oar boats, paddle boats, and inflatable kayaks. This variety of boats can accommodate anyones interest. If you want to sit back on the oar boat and just take in the scenery and enjoy the ride, this is a great boat. If you want to get in the action a little more, the paddle boat lets you get involved. If you want the highest level of excitement, then the inflatable kayak is for you! Read More on the Middle Fork…