A guided rafting trip on the Snake River through Hells Canyon is full of awe inspiring geology through the deepest gorge in North America, big whitewater, great hiking trails, and a rich history dating back thousands of years where the history is literally on the canyon walls as we hike along and see Nez Perze pictographs, the remains of Chinese mining claims, and homesteaders cabins.  Hells Canyon has so much to offer.  Days will be filled with running exciting whitewater, side hikes to explore the history of the canyon, and ending at comfortable camps for you to relax and enjoy good company.  Standard trips are 5 days in length, but we can also accommodate 3 day, 4 day, and 6 day trip length options.  Be sure to check out our Wine and Food on the River option!

From May through September our permitted launch dates are:

  • May 25
  • June 2, 10, 18 & 26
  • July  4, 12, 20 & 28
  • August 5, 13, 21 & 29
  • September 6

Outside of the primary season, guided whitewater trips can be launched on any date. If you have a group of at least 6 people contact us to customize your trip. Groups of less than 6 may be able to join an existing trip. Off season trips provide an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the splendor of the changing seasons. Float the river in the spring to watch as the hills turn green and flowers begin to bloom. Join us in the fall to breath the crisp morning air and bask in the lazy rays of an Indian Summer sun. For a unique and action-packed off season adventure, check out our guided chukar hunt Cast and Blast trips!

Guided whitewater trips on the Snake River will begin with guests meeting at the Minam Store. The night before we launch guides and guests will get to know each other and final details of the trip will be discussed. In the morning we will shuttle you to Hells Canyon Dam for the start of your multi-day river excursion. For people choosing to join us for 3 days, trips will end 32 miles downriver at Pittsburg Landing. For those opting for a longer float, we will end almost 79 miles down river at Heller Bar. From the takeout location, you will be shuttled back to your vehicle at the Minam Store.

Our guided whitwater trips are all inclusive. Guests will be provided with top of the line camping and rafting equipment. On the river you will be well taken care of in our top of the line rafts and with type V PFD's. In camp lounge around in a comfy chair while you wait for an restaurant caliber meal prepared by our guides using fresh locally sourced ingredients. Drifting off to sweet river dreams under the stars or in one of our spacious tents is easy with our sturdy cots, thick sleeping pads, and plush sleeping bags. 

5 day Wine and Food trips are $1,695 per person.  Standard 5 day trips are $1,595 per person. 3 day trips are $995 per person.  4 day and 6 day trips are also available, call for pricing.


Deposit & Cancellation Policy:

50% down payment is required to book a trip with final payment due 30 days prior to launch. Deposits and final payments are non-refundable.  You are welcome to find a replacement for your spot.  We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance through a company like AIG Travel Guard or Travelex.  Please understand that when you book a spot, we lose the right to sell your spot to other individuals.  Our number of trips and clients per trip are limited by river management plans. We cannot make exceptions due to medical or family emergencies or weather conditions and strongly advise purchasing insurance to protect your investment.  Cancellation and interruption insurance can include full refund of your deposit and final payment should you cancel. If you cannot afford to forfeit your reservation dollars, you should purchase trip cancellation insurance.

The Snake River through Hells Canyon: Wine & Food on the River 2021 launch dates

Gorges of the Lower Salmon River 2021 Launch Dates

August 5-8 Sleight of Hand Cellars and Andrae's Kitchen

Book a custom launch date with your group of 6 or more people.

Wild and Scenic Grande Ronde River 2021 Launch Dates

May 24-26 Dusted Valley and Andrae's Kitchen
May 31-June 2 Kontos Cellars and Andrae's Kitchen

Book a custom launch date with your group of 6 or more people.

Hells Canyon Launch Dates

Primary Season:

May 25   

June 2, 10, 18, & 26   

July 4, 12, 20, 28

August 5, 13, 21, 29

September 6

You can book a chartered guided trip any date outside of the primary season with a minimum of 6 clients.

Wine & Food on the River Packing List