Beat the Heat! Western River Expeditions Suggests Rafting the Alpine Rivers of Idaho and Oregon

SALT LAKE CITY, July 26, 2022 – What a cool thought! River rafting through the evergreen forests in the mountain air during the heat of summer.

Rippling into late summer and fall 2022, Western River Expeditions reports an excellent choice of dates and departures on three mountain rivers in the Pacific Northwest - options for rafting in Idaho and rafting in Oregon. These are the Salmon River in Idaho, the Snake River through Hells Canyon on the Idaho/Oregon border and the Rogue River in southern Oregon.

Along with refreshing, crystal-clear waters, Western River Expeditions underscores six reasons clients are well advised to book adventures this season on these mountain rivers.

  • Water levels are good and as of mid-summer stand at normal due to a very wet, cool spring.
  • Ideal temperatures circulate in these alpine river regions. The average daily high is around 74°F on the Rogue from mid-June to mid-September. The hottest month of the year on the Salmon is July with an average high of 84°F and low of 50°F.
  • The 2022 fire season looks favorable, again thanks to an above-average moist and cool spring and early summer.
  • The fish are biting! Fishing the Salmon River is best in summer and fall. Steelhead and Chinook salmon and bull and cutthroat trout are prevalent. The Rogue is renowned for having some of the West Coast’s most reliable salmon and steelhead fishing.
  • There’s a wide choice of departures still available for the remainder of the season.
  • Lodge-to-lodge options are available for non-campers on Rogue rafting adventures. “We get that camping isn’t everyone’s cup of tea,” says Brandon Lake, Vice President and CMO of Western River Expeditions. “Some prefer to enjoy the pristine wildness of the river and canyons during the day then tuck into a real bed, instead of sleeping under canvass at night.”

About Oregon’s Rogue River:  Located in southern Oregonnear Medford and Ashland, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Rogue remains so remote that boats deliver the mail in some regions where the river is the only road. Wildlife sightings may include otter, deer and black bear. Guests raft this legendary waterway along 45 miles, with whitewater classified Class II-IV. Rainy winters and sun-filled summers create conditions along the Rogue’s course that begins near Crater Lake in the Cascade Mountains and runs westerly through southern Oregon to the Pacific Ocean. Oregon Rafting: Rogue River Lodge to Lodge is a four-day adventure daily on the river with comfortable lodge accommodations at night. The rate from $1,461 for adults and $1,392 for ages 7-16 includes rafting, hiking, meals, lodge accommodations and all applicable taxes and fees. For details, please see

About Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River: Flowing untamed through a land so rugged that any attempts at settlement have failed, the Middle Fork is truly a legend among the whitewater rivers of the world. This pure, clear, free-flowing river drops 3,000 feet over its 100-mile course through the remote and spectacular River of No Return Wilderness, the largest Wilderness in the lower 48 states. A 5- or 6-Day Middle Fork Salmon adventure draws an international clientele to class III-V Idaho whitewater rapids. The rate from $2,720 for adults and from $2,620 for ages 7-15 includes rafting, hiking, meals and camping. For details, please see

About Idaho’s Lower Salmon River: The perfect family trip, this river journey explores the final miles of the Salmon River before it joins the mighty Snake River on the way to the Columbia River. The trip covers 53 miles on the Salmon plus 21 miles on the Snake. The rate for a 5-Day Lower Salmon escape is from $1,890 for adults and from $1,790 for age 5-15 and include Class II-III rafting, hiking, meals and camping. For details, please see

About Idaho’s Main Salmon RiverRich in scenic wonders and history, the Main Salmon River drops 1,200 feet in 89 miles.  Known as “The River of No Return, the river sports blue-green waters with Class II-IV rapids.  The rate for a 5-Day Main Salmon adventure is $1,940 for adults and $1,445 for ages 6-16. This includes rafting, hiking, meals, camping and shuttle service transfers. For details, please see

About Hells Canyon of the Snake River (Idaho/Oregon border): Cutting the deepest river gorge in North America is Hells Canyon of the Snake River that forms the border of Oregon and Idaho. River travelers journey 79 river miles through the land of the Nez Perce and bounce through Class II-IV rapids, some of the largest found in the Pacific Northwest. The rate for five days is from $1,595 for adults and $1,515 for ages 8 to 15. Included are rafting, hiking, meals and camping. For details, please see

For a copy of Western River Expeditions’ 2022-2023 catalog, questions, availability and reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 (Local: 801.942.6669) or visit the website at:

About Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah and Idaho rafting, and international multi-sport trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for the past eighteen consecutive years (2004-2021).

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