River Adventures Inc Riggins Idaho - Sport Fishing, Jet Boat Tours, Drift Boats, & Whitewater Rafting.

Jet Boat Tours through the Salmon River and Hell's Canyon.

Outrageous scenery along the way

A Salmon River Tour. This trip was taken by a group of school teachers. Schedule a group tour soon!


A river tour group at the riverside Buckskin Bill Museum.


River Adventures would like to take the time to tell you about our jet boat tours. Your Salmon River adventure will begin at 10:00 a.m. (MST). River Adventures will give you directions, and you will drive to either the Spring Bar, or Vinegar Creek launch site, (depending on the water level) where you'll meet your guide. You and your fellow passengers will board one of our Coast Guard approved jet boats and begin a trip through the unbelievable scenery, and the living history of the Salmon River country. You'll head upriver into the Frank Church Wilderness Area through exciting rapids, passing old gold mines, Chinese-built rock houses, and wildlife such as bighorn sheep, deer, elk, bear, and eagles.

The first stop will be at the Polly Bemis Ranch. Polly was an early settler in this rugged country, where she lived and thrived for many years. After a visit to her home, now a museum, (and a restroom break) you'll be back on the water, and off to the James Ranch. Once there, you'll enjoy your lunch on a great beach just perfect for swimming, gold panning, or just relaxing in the sun. Fishing is also possible for those with the desire (and a license). After a good break, it's back on the water and off to the confluence of the South Fork of the Salmon River. With enough water, your trip will continue on to the Buckskin Bill Homestead and Museum. Buckskin Bill was a long-time Salmon River resident who carved out his life with unique style and skill. He was a true mountain man and you will be amazed by examples of his handiwork. After an unforgettable day, you'll head back downriver to the mornings launch site. Our Salmon River tour will take you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, and will provide memories that will last a lifetime. Private charters are available for your special group, and are perfect for a family reunion, or a class or company trip. Space is limited and advance reservations are required to assure your place, so call today!

This is some of what you will see and experience on a jet boat tour with River Adventures. Idaho's river-side history.


Buckskin Bill made these black powder rifles by hand. Original photos on display.


Polly Bemis' cabin.

River Adventures also offers one-day tours on the Snake River through Hells Canyon. As the deepest canyon in the United States, Hell's Canyon earns its name, and this harsh country is best seen from one of our comfortable and safe jet boats. You will drive your vehicle to the launch site at Pittsburg Landing, where you'll meet with your guide for a 10:00 a.m. (MST) departure. Once underway you'll head downriver to look for the bighorn sheep that call this canyon home. After the opportunity of taking photographs, your boat will head upriver, where your afternoon will include stops at the historic Kirkwood Bar homesite and museum, Nez Perce Indian pictographs, and other sites of interest. You will stop for lunch at a beach, where you'll have the time to swim, fish, or simply relax. After lunch, you will continue upriver as far as Rush Creek rapids, and on to Granite Creek rapids if the water level permits. Your adventure will conclude back at the Pittsburg Landing launch site at about 4:00 p.m. (MST).

From the exciting rapids to calm pools just right for swimming, you'll experience the best that Idaho's most famous rivers have to offer! Call River Adventures today and let us arrange the perfect day on the river for you and your group!

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. 
Photograph Bighorns on every trip.


One-Day Jet Boat Tours

  • Tours start at 10:00 a.m. (MST) and conclude at 4:00 p.m. (MST).
  • Salmon River tours depart from Spring Bar (11 miles east of Riggins) or from Vinegar Creek (26 miles east of Riggins) depending on the water flows. River Adventures will confirm the launch site before your trip.
  • Hells Canyon Snake River tours depart from Pittsburg Landing. River Adventures will provide directions.
  • You can provide your own lunch and beverages or for a small fee per person, have us coordinate it for you!
  • Group tours and charters are available.
  • Wear comfortable clothing such as shorts and swimsuits in warm weather.
  • Be sure to bring your camera so you can photograph the bighorn sheep!
  • We also suggest bringing sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses.
  • Hells Canyon Snake River Tour Costs $125 per person (all taxes included)
  • The Salmon River Tour Costs $125 per person with a $4 use fee to be paid to the United States Forest Service at the Vinegar Creek ramp site.
  • Advance reservations are required and will confirm the price.
  • If the tour is canceled because of unfavorable water conditions River Adventures will refund your deposit.

Please call for Further Information.



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River Adventures Inc
101 N. Main
P.O. Box 518
Riggins, Idaho 83549

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