7 Reasons To Love White Water Rafting

If you have an unquenchable thirst for adventure, a hankering for a good challenge, and no problem getting your hair wet—whitewater rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River should be on your bucket list. Here are 7 reasons why: 

1. It’s Empowering

Idaho River Adventures guide, Joan Sundeen, said it best when she said, “Every time I overcome a challenge, from styling a hard rapid, to getting my butt kicked in a massive hole, I feel empowered. I incorporate this into my everyday life off of the water. That empowerment is like a positive feedback loop. I accomplish something outdoors, and that empowerment goes with me in all other areas of my life.” 

2. Shared Experiences with Loved Ones

Everyone seems to get flat-out goofy when they’re in the wilderness. All the exposure to the sun might be to blame, but I've seen incredible bonds happen countless times. This makes it the perfect opportunity to share with family or friends, to deepen your bond, and acquire a plethora of memories to laugh about for the years to come. 

White Water Rafting Couple

3. The Physical Challenge

It’s no joke, paddling the river can be quite strenuous at times. But what better way to exercise than the kind of exercise that puts a big ole’ smile on your face?  There are few things more satisfying than that feeling of accomplishment you get from a good workout, followed by a good meal cooked over the fire. Oh and you know, being under the stars isn’t too bad either.

Rapids On White Water Rafting Trip

4. It Will Inspire You

There is something about nature that compels you to write poetry, sketch the details of the water, or just sit and ponder. I’ve seen some of the most beautiful art come from an extended stay in the wilderness, and I’m expecting to see much more in my lifetime. Art is important. Your art is important. Let nature do what nature does and inspire you to create. 

5. There Is So Much Wildlife

You would be surprised by how many different species of wildlife you can spot while on a raft. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is home to one of the largest Chinook salmon habitats in the entire Columbia River basin. It’s also filled with many species of trout, bass, salmon, and more, as well as many critters on land, running around for your eye to catch.

Wildlife Viewing on Rafting Trip

6. The Food Tastes Better

It’s scientifically proven that food tastes better in the outdoors. I mean, not really “scientifically” proven, but it’s just a matter of time before there’s proof. I am convinced that food never tastes better than when it’s cooked outside, over a fire, and shared with the same people who are sharing an adventure with you. The icing on the cake is that our Idaho river guides just happen to be as skilled in gourmet outdoor cooking as they are picking a line through the rapids.

Fresh Meal on Rafting Trip

7. It's Thrilling

It’s like your favorite roller coaster, but better. And if you don’t like rollercoasters, It’s like the feeling you get on Christmas morning, with a little bit of hot sauce on top. And if you don’t like Christmas or hot sauce, just know that Idaho River Adventures does not discriminate on race or gender, even if you’re the Grinch. You’re welcome here and we promise it’s the kind of adventure you’ve been dreaming about. The guides at IRA are here to make sure you have as much fun as possible, in the safest way possible.


So, are you going to book an Idaho rafting trip or what? We can’t wait to meet you.

Emily Knittel is a Montana based writer, mountain biker, and self-proclaimed professional hype girl. With a degree in Journalism, and an unshakable love for the outdoors, Emily writes to encourage a life of whimsy and adventure.

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