Where do we operate?
Rubicon Outfitting is permitted to operate from Vinegar Creek to Hammer Creek on the Salmon River. Our trips range from 1/2 day, full day and multi-day trips near Riggins. We are 3 hours north of Boise and 2 hours south of Lewiston.
Do you have transportation to pick up rafters?
We have a shuttle bus service in the area, for reunions, weddings, for your special event.
What type of rafting trips do you have?
We offer several types of river trips, perfect for all occasions. A mix that is perfect for all groups, ages, and sizes. Heart throbbing excitement and placid relaxation for all generations and ambitions. A tranquil float, or crashing through the Class II, III, or IV rapids, large sandy beaches, midday lunches or a quiet swim.
What type of equipment do you have?
All of our equipment is modern, and well maintained. Our self-bailing boats can be changed from stern mount to center mount to gear frames to make every trip special, and to completely customize every day on the river.
How far are the rapids?
We offer short half-day trips (10 miles), half-day trips with lunch (12 miles), full-day trips with lunch (20 miles), and multi-day trips two to four days depending on group needs, and activities of interest. Our guides are fun loving, knowledgeable, and take pride in our flexibility, and working hard to maximize the fun for every event.
What should I wear?
The Rubicon Shuttle bus will pick the group up, and return you at the end of the trip, to your motel, the city park, or camp site. No one needs to drive. It is best to wear comfortable, quick drying clothing, soft soled river sandals, hat, sun screen, sunglasses with lanyard, and disposable water proof cameras. We have a dry bag for personal articles. Flip flops, large beach towels, cotton wear or luggage is not recommended.
How far does the river drop?
The Salmon River is considered a pool and a drop river. It drops on an average of 7ft to 9ft per mile. Between rapids the river flows rather calmly, and is great for swimming, tanning, water fights, or the placid, tranquil floating with the river. The rapids are Class II, Class III, and at certain flows Class IV.
Class III rapids are large fun splashy waves. Class IV rapids have large holes, boulders, and wild erratic waves. All rapids have a pool of calm water below them to regroup, and make preparations for the next rapid. =)
Safety is of the utmost importance;
Most accidents occur on shore. We have stubbed toes, slick rocks, and dehydration. We emphasize being careful getting in and out of the boat. We have a few out of boat experiences for those who desire the challenge.
Are your guides certified?
We have excellent pre-trip safety meetings with everyone, we have Class III life jackets for everyone, our guides will not take risky chances. Our guides are picked for their professionalism. Guides are licensed by the State of Idaho and have a minimum of first aid and CPR training.