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Family Whitewater Course


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Family Whitewater Camp

7/2 /23 -7 /8/23
7/7/24 – 7/13/24

Length: 7 days
From: $2799/adult; $2699/youth (6 and under)

Minimum Age: 5 and up, water-level dependent
River Rating: Class I-III
Includes: Glamping, Healthy Meals, River Equipment, Professional Coaching & more!

*We offer all-inclusive family camp sessions throughout the summer and are happy to accommodate custom and/or extended camp weeks by request.


Offering all of the technical coaching and fun of a river trip, Family Whitewater Camp adds the extra support to make it possible for mom and dad to be able to run the river every day while their kids are developing some river running skills. Our goal is to offer the highest level of coaching to develop the next generation of river runners in a fun and safe environment. The camaraderie of working as a team and looking out for one another on the river, builds a family connection unlike any other!

Depending upon ages and ability levels, we can guide everyone down the river in either a kayak, raft, inflatable kayak, or stand up paddle board. We want to remove the stress of traveling as a family, so that you can relax and enjoy each other’s company. Our Family Camps are “all inclusive” so you do not have to make decisions about activities, or organize meals or childcare, etc. We look at the weather and river flows for the week, and plan your trip accordingly. We have scheduled outdoor activities for the kids while yoga is going on in the late afternoon, so you can relax during class or just have some quality time together.

What you’ll Learn: You and your children, aged 5 and up, will learn the fundamentals of whitewater – paddling strokes, river safety, how to “read” the river, etc. Each day students will spend a morning and afternoon session on the water honing their skills. In the evenings, we will review performance by looking at videos from the day, and focus on team building though various games and activities.

We believe that through learning to paddle rivers, you and your family will walk away feeling more confident in all aspects of your lives.


  • Riverfront Glamping style accommodations
  • Small camp size (max 3 families or 12 people)
  • Homemade snacks, breakfast, lunch & dinner daily*
  • Highly individualized professional instruction
  • Video analysis
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • High quality river equipment
  • 1 Massage included (for adults)
  • 1 day off to explore the area
  • Professional photography of the entire week
  • Transportation to and from the town of Salmon and to all sections of the river*

*Should you and/or your children have special diet requirements and/or limitations, just let us know when booking your camp. We will work with you to meet those critical needs.

*Not included: airfare, travel insurance


Our Family Camps allow active families the opportunity to center their experience on running rivers together, while leaving plenty of time to hike, do yoga, or play in the sand by the river. Our week-long camp includes one day without any planned activities so that you can explore the area. Our family is here for you, and we are happy to hook you up with local recommendations on the best things to see and do during your day off.

  • Learn whitewater fundamentals and paddle various sections of Class I-III whitewater on the Wild and Scenic Salmon River
  • Afternoon childcare available
  • Sandy beach river access
  • Family friendly games and activities
  • Challenge course for team building on the property
  • Rock climbing on the property
  • Frisbee golf course
  • Trails out the back door
  • Secluded massage tent


  • CPR and First Aid trained staff
  • 1:2 child coach to child ratio in the water
  • Learn river safety skills
  • Natural spring potable water for hydration
  • Healthy homemade meals and snacks with kid friendly options*

*Should your child have special diet requirements and/or limitations, just let us know when booking your camp. We will work with you to meet those critical needs.

How it Works: Video analysis and coaching

  • We will take photos and film your lessons
  • You and your coach will analyze it together
  • Your coach will provide feedback, tips, and corrections as well as to practice the maneuvers on the water
  • You keep the footage


Every family that comes to our camp has their own unique experience here and we are more than happy to work with you on a custom itinerary that’s just right for you and your family.


What People are Saying

Greer MalletteGreer Mallette
14:51 06 Mar 23
We had a great family trip with SRA last summer, even in the face of difficult circumstances with the Moose fire. The folks at SRA went above and beyond to make the trip a success. Strongly recommend.
Sam KoerberSam Koerber
18:06 07 Aug 22
We love this camp. My kids had an absolute blast and an adventure they will never forget. This place is a treasure, a true Wild West experience, and a dream in the making. It’s camp with kayaking as the activity. The setup is perfect for basically all levels. Beginners can learn in deep, clear, class 2 rapids. The water is not that cold in July. More advanced boaters will have a blast playing and working on tricks in Idaho class 3 and 4. Kids that are already running class 5 rapids and want to go to Keeners will have just as much fun here and maybe more. The options are limitless.My daughter Lucy was worried she’d be the only girl but it ended up being about half and half and she can’t wait to return. We dropped the kids off and explored the surrounding area. A lifetime of adventure surrounds this place. Hot springs, adventurous mountain bike rides, kayaking, backpacking, you name it.Sign up early and plan a trip. I’m a big believer in low expectations so my advice is to not talk it up too much to your kids. Get the ball rolling and let it be what it is.I can’t say enough. We are full of gratitude for the bold dreams and hard work of the Hilleke family, the heartfelt dedication from the staff, and also the heroic efforts of the firefighters to spare this place as the Moose fire burned through.Thank you! And we we wish you the best!Sam
Robin and Gabe DawsonRobin and Gabe Dawson
02:04 01 Aug 22
Our daughter had a wonderful time and couldn’t stop talking about all the staff and campers. She left kayak camp feeling confident in her ability to wet exit and read water. She didn’t get her roll but in listening to her process the experience, it’s clear her instructors and staff were supportive, knowledgeable and fun! She/we can’t wait for next summer. As soon as she got in the car, she was talking about the two week option.
Gina D'Orazio StrykerGina D'Orazio Stryker
17:11 28 Jul 22
The crew at Salmon River Adventure Co were amazing, kind and knew their stuff. My children went for a weeklong summer camp and had a blast. We will be back for certain. It’s a perfect little spot along the river -pastoral and pristine. Our hosts Polly and Tommy were welcoming kind and oh so generous. Deepest gratitude for a wonderful week on the river. see you next season.
Matthew BrockmanMatthew Brockman
22:31 27 Jul 22
My 15-year-old son finally asked to learn how to paddle. Rather than sacrifice him to the river gods, like the well-meaning friends who taught me 30 years ago, we decided learning from experts was the way to go. The combination of delicious food, non-stop games/activities for the kids (when they're not in the river) and a stellar location made for an ideal week off-the-grid. The instructors were patient, knowledgeable and encouraging. Our trip was truncated due to injury and a forest fire but neither did anything to take away from the experience. My son has the caught the bug and made clear his intention to be back next summer for more. I'm fully onboard.
Kenneth BelangerKenneth Belanger
11:11 17 Jul 22
Can't recommend Salmon River Adventure Company highly enough. Had an amazing whitewater raft trip on the lower river the first day and decided on a full-day inflatable kayak trip the second. Polly and Tommy are outstanding hosts and our guides (David, Karley, and Allie) were fantastic. Will definitely be returning!
Palisky HolasPalisky Holas
21:04 09 Jul 22
Amazing experience! Lot of fun! Every moment of the experience was memorable and enjoyable, from the time we arrived to check in, throughout the time on the water, and afterwards. The staff were kind, knowledgeable, and clearly passionate about their work. We adored our guide as both a professional and as a person. I cannot speak highly enough about Salmon River Adventure Company! We will definitely do another trip when we return to Salmon.
Emily HightowerEmily Hightower
18:28 04 Jul 22
This was LIFE CHANGING for our 15 year old son. The team at SRAC took excellent care of him. When we dropped him off he had just started rolling in the river after running rivers on rafts for many years. When we picked him up, we had the chance to bring him to the Middle Fork for a week on the river together. We didn't expect him to be ready to kayak the entire stretch, but thanks to the excellent river safety and paddling skills taught by this team at SRAC, our kiddo was confident, smart, and SOLID on the river! He paddled the entire stretch and showed river savvy on waves, scouting rapids, playing, catching essential eddies, and even helping out some swimmers. Thank you for instilling the kind of river ethic that has already changed how his life will turn out. The campground and facilities helped the kids feel and you could feel the way everyone of all levels progressed and connected throughout the week. The incredible instruction, positive guides, and river competence will have us coming back year after year.
Ian AndersonIan Anderson
16:53 28 Jun 22
The owners, Polly and Tommy, have created something truly magical at the Salmon River Adventure Company. It's a spectacular riverside location on the site of a former Boy Scout camp with all the facilities you need and nothing you don't.I camped for a week with my two kids (ages 12 and 14) who were part of a kid's kayaking camp (Full disclosure, I'm friends with the owners, so I got to camp with them). Both my kids had an incredible time and were paddling class II-III whitewater with confidence by the end of the week. Their guides made their experience so fun, safe, and inspiring that I'm now shopping for two new kayaks.The camping is peaceful, the bathhouse is clean and newly renovated, and the kitchen serves up tasty meals. Most importantly, the staff is amazing, with tons of experience and positive, infectious energy.Whether you're staying for a week and learning to kayak for the first time, or just rafting for a day, I can guarantee that the team at SRAC will provide you and your family with an amazing adventure.
Create a Family Tradition

Our all-inclusive Family Whitewater Camp brings elite whitewater coaching to Idaho’s famed Wild and Scenic Salmon River, home to some of the best whitewater in the country. Surrounded by the Salmon Challis National Forest on 3 sides, Salmon River Adventure Company’s 23-acre hidden paradise sits directly on the banks of the Salmon River. Catch waves all day, refuel with homemade meals back at camp, and experience the very best of Idaho. Developed by professional kayakers – Tommy and Polly Hilleke, our family whitewater program will help make you and your children river runners for life!