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Paddle with a Pro

Take your kayaking skills to the next level and learn from the best! Tommy Hilleke is a 6x Green River Narrows Champion and has many first descents around the world. This experience is designed for people who already have the basics of kayaking down and are eager to refine their skills and technique to begin to run more challenging whitewater. Our main focus is to give you the physical, mental, and technical tools to keep you progressing when you return home.

  • 6 guided lessons (1:4 student instructor ratio)
  • Riverfront Glamping style accommodations
  • Small camp size (max 12 people)
  • Highly individualized professional instruction
  • Video analysis
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Fresh homemade afternoon snacks
  • 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

*Not included: airfare, travel insurance

*We use fresh local ingredients and are happy to accommodate any special dietary needs (gluten free, food allergies, and picky eaters)

Our definition of having the “basics of kayaking”

  • You are a confident swimmer and are able to paddle your own kayak
  • You can manage carrying your own gear to and from the river
  • You can perform a combat roll at least 3/5 of the time
  • You are able to catch an eddy
  • You can identify hazards in the river and understand river hand signals/communication

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

June 19th – 24th, 2023


Video analysis and coaching How it Works:

  • 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

What People are Saying

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!
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.