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Salmon River Rafting

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Action-packed and ready to roll however you want to run, White Cloud Rafting Adventures rocks the waves on the Salmon River in the Sawtooth Wilderness right outside of Sun Valley in Stanley, Idaho.  For a pure, elevated experience that’s a real laugh riot, nothing beats a day on the river with White Cloud. It’s the ultimate summer getaway. It’s literally a breath of fresh air with a splash of adventure. And it’s easy to get on board. With river trip options made for all ages and interests, White Cloud takes you there. No worries. Just fun for everyone. Running this stretch of the river since 1971 with a stellar safety (and smiles) record, our company’s knowledge of (and love for) this spectacular place goes deep and wide. Soak it all in.

Just north of Sun Valley, Stanley, Idaho (pop. 67) is a unique and spectacular place, framed by the jagged peaks of the Sawtooths.   Offering Stanley/Sun Valley rafting trips for over 44 years, White Cloud operates with the longest continuous river running permit on this section of the Salmon.  That means we know the river and the Sawtooths like the back of our hand (which we see a lot of, marawana rowing). That also means we grandfathered in an incredible private beach spot for lounging, dining, games and more.


White Cloud’s guide team is close-knit and driven by passion for this majestic place and the fantastic people who take our trips. We are local, so we hire locals who love the area and give back to it, like we do. We have more return guides than any other company. That’s saying something.

Fun, energetic, and nearly encyclopedic about the wonders of the area, our guides know that safety comes first. Our guide training program meets and exceeds state requirements, and every guide is licensed in whitewater rafting and certified in CPR/first aid.

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At White Cloud, you can choose your own adventure. From scenic and all-ages fun runs to rapids and wild-style thrill rides, our high-level guides and gear take your vacation to great new heights. Framed by the stunning backdrop of the Sawtooths, we open up a range of rafting options plus take care of the trip planning details, so you can experience the pure exhilaration of the Salmon River at just your speed.

No experience necessary. From guided oar rafts to paddle boats to inflatable kayaks, we design laugh-filled and worry-free trips to fit whatever floats your boat. So open up an adventure of a lifetime, right outside Sun Valley’s backdoor.

Trips & Pricing

Trips Duration Child Price Adult Price
Half Day Scenic Trip 3-4 Hrs $48 $68
Half Day Adventure (13 & Up Only) 3-4 Hrs $75
Lunch Rafting Trip 6-7 Hrs $73 $87
Half Day Rafting Trip 4 Hrs $60 $75
Half Day Inflatable Kayak Trip 4 Hrs $60 $75
Full Day Inflatable Kayak Trip 6-7 Hrs $73 $87

Half Day Class II and III

Breathtaking in all the best ways, this exciting trip is our most popular, especially for families. Taking off north of Sun Valley at the Elk Creek launch site, ride into the famed rapid “Piece of Cake” that starts off a series of lively class II and III rapids. Between waves, you’ll swap stories with write my essay our great guides, learn about local wildlife, and take in some astonishing scenery. Finish with a thrilling three-quarter-mile stretch of class III rapids nicknamed “The Narrows,” and a stop at the clear, deep swimming hole of Jump Rock. Choose this trip in either paddle rafts or kayaks.

Half Day Scenic

Soak in the scenery of the Sawtooths without the ups and downs. On an oar boat maneuvered by a friendly guide, kick back and relax on this easy going stretch of the Salmon River with an occasional swell but no major rapids. Your guide opens up insights on the writy my essay natural history of the stunning views and wildlife you’re seeing. Feel free to take a dip or splash around. This trip is ideal for non-swimmers, families with young children, and anyone who just wants a chill experience.

Half Day High Adventure Class II, III and IV

Kick it up a notch with the surge of whitewater that comes with spring runoff from the Sawtooth Mountains, turning the Salmon River into a thrill ride. Only available during high water conditions for adventurous people over 12 years old, seasoned guides negotiate you through class IV rapids for some intense fun. Downstream from the launch site, encounter Shotgun Falls (IV) followed by two miles of whitewater and the historic Sunbeam Dam (IV) run. “Piece of Cake” and the Warm Springs Gorge round out the series of thrilling runs, leading to the class II and III rapids that make up the middle section of the river. Stop at our private river camp for a break and bite to eat, then end the trip on a leisurely stretch of river, with a swimming hole to boot.

Full Day Class II and III

Go for it. Just north of Sun Valley in Stanley, this river trip kicks off at the Elk Creek launch site, and takes you through thrilling class II and III rapids, before reaching our private riverside camp. Our fired up cooks, ready before your arrival, great you with appetizers and cold beverages, while you kick back on our beach or play bocce ball and horseshoes with friends and family. Enjoy a delicious freshly-prepared meal, even have a second serving, just save room for desert. After lunch, enjoy and splash around in a leisurely and beautiful stretch of river, before we take out at Torrey’s Hole.


Reservations must be cancelled 24 hours prior to the trip or payment will be processed. Within 24 hours, reservations can only be cancelled due to weather conditions.

Q Where are you located?

White Cloud Rafting Adventures is located on the left side of Highway 75 in Stanley, Idaho, about an hour north of Sun Valley, Idaho.

Q Do you have group discounts?

yes! We offer unbeatable discounts for groups of 5 or more, plus custom guidance.

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