IRAD: The Idaho River Adventures Difference

Idaho River Adventures is the culmination of a lifetime spent in Idaho’s wild places. As a fifth generation Idahoan, I come from a family with a long and rich history of farming, ranching, logging, and recreating in Idaho. Some of my earliest memories are of my family fishing, hiking, and exploring wild places on or near the very streams where the voyages of Idaho River Adventures take place. During my college years I was introduced to guiding as a way to make a living, but I soon realized it was my life’s calling. The ability to share what I have known all my life with diverse groups of people—to show them what makes Idaho special, namely our world class wilderness rivers—remains my passion. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with some of the most highly regarded outfitters and guides in the industry. Through these experiences I am able to bring all of the knowledge I have gleaned over the last twenty years together to provide you with what I truly believe to be one of the best and most memorable trips of your life.

Your safety and enjoyment are our number one priority. Idaho River Adventures guides are some of the most experienced in Idaho, and it is common for the guide crews on our trips to have collectively over one hundred years of experience guiding on Idaho’s wilderness rivers. Our guides bring to all of our trips a level of enthusiasm for Idaho’s Salmon River that is infectious. Our sincere hope is that lifetime friends are made on each of our trips, among guests traveling with us as well as with our guide crew, and that a feeling of being part of one big river family will prevail. All of our guides have extensive training in Wilderness First Aid as well as Swift Water Rescue training. In addition to being very safety minded, our guides will dazzle you with their storytelling, their knowledge of canyon history and flora and fauna as well as their culinary prowess as riverside chefs.

Whether you are a first-time river runner or a seasoned white water enthusiast, we invite you to experience the Salmon River with Idaho River Adventures.

What We Provide (Hint: Almost Everything)

Idaho River Adventures provides an all inclusive, full service wilderness river vacation. Our goal is to make this trip as worry free as possible from the time you leave your house until you get back and while we have a great understanding of the logistics and planning involved in completing a trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon we fully understand you might not. Let us take all of the planning off your plate so you can focus on enjoying the trip of a lifetime.

Below is a list of what is included in your trip fare. And please keep in mind Idaho River Adventures, being the boutique outfitter that we are, are completely able and willing to adjust most every aspect of your trip to best fit your needs including customizing your logistics.

All ground transportation from the Boise, Idaho airport and back is included. As far as we can tell we are the only outfitter on the Middle Fork Salmon offering this. We will make your hotel reservations for you. The price of the rooms in Stanley for the evening prior to your launch date and in Salmon for the evening the trip concludes is NOT covered in your fare.
All food beginning with lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day, including a modest amount of beer and wine. And, of course, we supply an endless supply of drinking water, drink mixes, and snacks.

In addition to being expert guides and storytellers, the staff at Idaho River Adventures are also riverside chefs. Each day you’ll be treated to a gourmet dinner prepared from scratch.

We supply all required camping items including freshly laundered sleeping bags, 4 person tents for 2, and full sized self inflating sleeping pads. One large waterproof duffel bag and one medium sized duffel bag are provided to hold your personal items.

Warm showers with privacy screens are provided at every camp.

All safety items including personal flotation devices, helmets when necessary and wet-suits when weather and/or water temperature dictate.

Complete camp set up by the guides. Idaho River Adventures uses a very special boat called a “sweep boat” that travels ahead of the main group each day. This boat transports the main camp downstream and sets up the entire camp while you enjoy your day. This includes setting up the tents, dinning and kitchen area and off loading the duffel bags. No need for you to work during this vacation!

Choice of craft to ride in including paddle boats that you are part of a team paddling the boat downriver with the guide in the back steering, oar boats in which the guide rows from the middle, and inflatable kayaks. We encourage our guests to try each type of craft over the course of your trip but never require you to do something you are not comfortable with.

Our Guides

KerryRiver Guide
Kerry was born in Morgantown, West Virginia where she became fascinated with how moving water shapes the surface of the Earth. Kerry has been guiding river trips for 12 years on rivers in Colorado, Arizona, West Virginia, Idaho, and New Zealand. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography from the University of Colorado and completed her Master’s degree in Hydrology at Boise State University studying fire-related debris flows in the Middle Fork Salmon River, Idaho. Kerry is currently working on her PhD in Geology at Utah State University in Logan, UT.
ScottRiver Guide
Scott Willimack born and raised in Austin, Texas.
If he is not out guiding rafting and fishing trips on the Middle Fork Salmon Scott can be a hard person to find. You might find him at a music festival selling vintage clothing, in one of the 24 countries he has visited, or leading snowmobile tour in Steamboat Springs, Co. When you do find him you’ll quickly come to love his soft spoken manner, knowledge of the area, and amazing cooking. Scott has attended culinary school and brings his love of food to all of his Idaho River Adventures!
BradenRiver Guide
I have always loved water and boats. By the time I was in high school I had logged many days and nights on my fathers old cabin cruiser. Fishing, water-skiing just being on the water. As I got older my friends and I started exploring the rivers of the Ozark’s by canoe. Any chance we got we would take off for an “expedition”; usually one whole night on the river! Eventually I got an old kayak and I was a kayaker. I think my desire to explore came from the images I saw in magazines like National Geographic. I wanted to make my own images and adventures. I started toting a camera trying to emulate the work of Tim Ernst, the great Arkansas landscape photographer.