Locals consider anything from Vinegar Creek to the confluence with the Snake River in Hells Canyon as the lower gorge. Although, the section from Vinegar to Hammer Creek is not as remote, but does facilitate the perfect place to do overnight, day, and half day trips. So if you cannot afford the time and dollars to do extended trips in the more remote and longer portion, the Riggins day stretch might be for you.
There are several outfitters in our area, all ready to escort you down the river. Most do rafts and often employ college kids on their summer jobs between schooling. Some, like Wapiti, have more career path professionals with deep commitment to a lifestyle of outdoor guiding nearly year round.
With Wapiti you will get veteran guides that look like Robert Redford or Julia Roberts (from the knees down). While it would be nice to say we have the world’s best guides, that would be hard to say, since many of those types of guides seem to be working for all the other companies. But, what we can claim is that we are more like elder river alchemists ready to help transform the river’s magic into your own veins. We also favor dory boats when we run, but have center mount rafts, paddle rafts, and inflatable kayaks for those who wish to enjoy a different craft.
Why dory boats? Simple. They are elegant, picturesque, and provide an electrical, but smooth ride like no other craft. They split the bigger waves to touch the sky and bob like a cork to the rhythm of the river. Do it in a dory, as they dance to the song of the river like no other and bring a smile to your face wider than the mighty Columbia River.
Give us a call @ 208-628-3523.We are ready to escort you into a personal immersion with the river, where you can launch your human spirit into ecstasy.
Yes, river journeys are far more than just whitewater rapids, even though that is at the heart of a trip on moving water. Swimming, hiking, fishing, relaxing, and camping in the middle of unfettered nature is one of the best ways to recharge your human battery. Cheek to cheek encounters and kissing the raw forces of nature is empowering. It is as simple as that.