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Idaho Salmon River Rafting - (Ages 16-18, 18+)

Course Details

    Location: Idaho
    Activities: Rafting
    Tuition & Fees: $1795 (Teens), $2195 (Adult/Women)
    Financial Aid Available: Yes

This rafting course takes place on the Lower Salmon River which starts in Idaho and flows through Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The Lower Salmon river provides scenery, rapids, wildlife and history.  Most of the river is class II and III rapids, perfect for working on skills in oar rafts, paddle boats, and paddle cats. 


Available Courses

How to Enroll

Steps to becoming a Northwest Outward Bound course participant:
Step one: Complete the online enrollment by clicking on Reserve Your Spot Today (above), or call to enroll (866-467-7651 or 503-946-3404)
Step two: You will receive a personalized Registration E-Mail from your Course Advisor within 48 hours.
Step three: Complete the paperwork that we have directed you to on this website.
Step four: We may need a couple of weeks to review your enrollment packet and approve your participation.

Enrollment Packet & Course Information

Enrollment Packet Deadline Policy: All applicants must adhere to the due dates listed in their Registration E-Mail. If you are unable to meet the requested deadlines, please be sure to contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Otherwise, your spot on the course will be opened up to another student.

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Adult Application

Physician Exam Form

Admissions & Enrollment Policies 

Note: Supplemental Forms may apply if we need more specific information about you. Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine which supplemental forms are required for your enrollment packet.

This section contain details that are key to the specific course you have enrolled on. This information will come in handy when packing, planning, and preparing for the adventure you have chosen. Please read these documents CAREFULLY and contact your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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Travel Information

Course Description (Teens 16-18)

Course Description (Women's Only Course 18+)

Course Description (Adults 18+)

Attending Outward Bound

Course Preparation & Physical Fitness

Information on Completing & Returning Forms

Supplemental Forms & Scholarship



Refer to your Registration E-Mail to determine if any of the following forms are required for your enrollment process. AGAIN, note the DUE DATE in your Registration E-Mail.

The Northwest Outward Bound School offers financial assistance in the form of Needs-Based Scholarships. The scholarships typically do not exceed 1/2 of the base cost. In order to receive an award offer, you will have to enroll in your chosen course, go through the enrollment and medical screening process and be officially cleared to participate on the course. There is a $500 deposit that must be paid at the time of enrollment, which is refundable if your scholarship award does not meet your needs. Please note that all scholarship applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and awards are strictly based on need and scholarship money availability. The application form is available below. Please contact Skye Clifford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have any questions regarding the Needs-Based Scholarships, and/or other questions regarding financing for your course.Need-Based Scholarship Application

Course Description

Travel on the Lower Salmon river on this unique journey with other teens.  The river and its canyon are truly remarkable. The numerous and unusual white sand beaches are a reminder that this river is still free flowing.

The Lower Salmon River is a "pool and drop" river, with the more difficult rapids in the narrow canyons. Most of the river is class II and III rapids, perfect for working on skills on oar rafts, paddle boats, and paddle cats. Some notable rapids include: Demon’s Drop, Half and Half, Snow Hole, and Checkerboard. Numerous white and sandy beaches on both sides of the river offer amazing camping. The human and natural history of the Lower Salmon river is extensive, we will visit pictographs, petroglyphs, as well as a fung shui Chinese miner rock house. The 20-mile stretch of the Snake River, from the confluence with the Salmon River to the Heller Bar take-out near the confluence with the Grande Ronde River, contains slower moving, higher volume water with some rapids and is often characterized by stiff up-canyon winds.

The Outward Bound Difference
Our courses are based on more than just wilderness skills; they are designed to deliver life skills. Students will not only gain and practice leadership skills, they will learn in an environment where instructors role model compassion and environmental stewardship.

They will learn in an environment where challenge and adventure lead to a sense of accomplishment and genuine feeling of pride. Students are expected to learn and master skills, to exercise craftsmanship, to try their best and are asked to consider their experience in group conversations and through an overall emphasis on reflection and bringing learning home.

Outward Bound philosophy maintains that by facing the challenges the course will offer students who will emerge physically and mentally stronger, with an increased mastery of expedition skills as well as a better understanding of their own capabilities. We think that the payoff is well worth the work, but students should be aware of what they are getting into and be excited about tackling the challenges.

Service and Compassion
Outward Bound courses are team environments where students work closely together to travel, navigate and camp every day. Group living can be challenging. Inevitably students learn about one key facet of human interaction - compassion. Throughout Outward Bound's history and into the present we strive to deliver new perspective on compassion and being of service to others. Today most courses include a half to a full day of community service and we hope this experience with us translates into a desire to engage in service to others when students return home.

Course Area

The Nez Perce Indians called the Salmon River "Natsoh Koos," which means "Chinook Salmon Water," after the fish that once thrived there. Early explorers dubbed it the "River of No Return," due to the difficulties they experienced trying to transport wooden boats upstream through roaring rapids. Whatever it is called, the dynamic Salmon River and the land it nourishes are very special!

Students will float together on the lower section of Idaho’s Salmon River. Starting in Whitebird, Idaho, the Salmon River has created the second deepest canyon in North America and is also the last free flowing river in the United States. This means that students will enjoy camping on pristine white sand beaches. The entire trip includes 73 miles of river travel and many rapids up to Class IV. The river trip ends on the lower end of the Snake River in Hell’s Canyon, the deepest canyon in the country. Our Salmon River trips allow students to explore the many historical and cultural sites that the Lower Salmon has to offer, from Chinese Miner’s houses to Native American pictographs. Students will have a solo on a beach or site of their own choosing. Our courses allow for some extra river time to hone skills as well as opportunities to explore side canyons and hike up out of the river canyon for “high-bivies”, as well as day long solo.

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