Adventure Guides provides
a variety of modern self bailing boats to best compliment
the water conditions, expectations of our guests, and safety
issues. Our guests get their choice each day of watercraft
transportation and may switch around throughout the entire
Boats: Oar boats are 16-18 feet long and are run by a
professional guide. They carry both gear and guests. They
are for guests who either want to relax or fish. They usually
carry 2-5 guests depending on size and weight of their load.
Boats: Paddle Boats are 14-16 feet long allowing for a
more active ride in rapids. These boats carry up to 6 guests
who participate in the maneuvering of the craft by paddling
with others at the direction of a guide who sits in the rear
of the boat to lead the team through each section of the river.
Kayaks: Also known as IK’s or Duckies are available during
certain river flows and sections
for those that want to paddle by themselves and directly experience
the action of the river.
Each kayak follows
a guide in one of the paddle boats as they
navigate the rapids. Kayaks are
10-12 feet long and are paddled by one person using a double
paddle. No previous experience is necessary as the crew is
always willing to teach and coach you, however it is best
to check with the crew about which days will be the best for
you to try the kayaks depending on the rapids for each day.
Trip leaders determine the appropriate use of the kayaks based
on guest ability, experience and water level. All guests riding
in boats always wear life jackets as provided by Adventure
Guides. Guests riding in paddle boats or kayaks also wear
Boat: The sweep boat is unique to the Middle Fork of the
Salmon River and at 22 feet is the largest boat on the river.
It functions as a cargo boat hauling the bulk of our gear
and guest packs to camp. Usually the sweep driver and his
assistant the swamper leave camp ahead of the group and do
not stop until they get to camp so they have ample time to
prepare the camp. Guests do not ride on the sweep boat for
safety and logistical reasons.