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White-knuckle rafting on Idaho's Salmon and Snake.

White-knuckle rafting on Idaho's Salmon and Snake If you've wanted to spend time on one of Idaho's whitewater rivers, this is the year. There is good water flow, and space is generally still available.

Three parts of the Salmon River and Hells Canyon on the Snake River are the most-acclaimed, frequently run trips.

The Salmon's Middle Fork has 80 rapids and pristine beaches for camping. Some claim it's the world's best multiday river trip. The main Salmon is the legendary rock-canyoned "River of No Return." Both forks offer a good chance to see elk, mountain goats, and bear. The Lower Salmon is less alpine and remote but is beautiful and has a longer flow.

The Snake River's Hells Canyon compares to the Middle Fork in scenery, wildlife, and excitement. The largest rapids come early in the trip through the 6,600-foot-deep canyon.

Five-day trips on these rivers cost from $700 to $1,000; air taxi and car shuttle may be extra.

Outdoor Idaho Experiences, a free, 152-page booklet describing river-running and other vacation ideas, is published by Idaho Outfitters and Guides Assn., Box 95, Boise 83701; (208) 342-1919. For an Idaho travel guide, call (800) 635-7820.
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Title Annotation:Last-Minute Vacation '91
Publication:Sunset
Date:Jun 1, 1991
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