Frequently Asked Questions

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If you cancel your room at the lodge more than 72-hours prior to your stay, you will receive 100% refund. Cancellations made less than 72-hours prior to your stay are nonrefundable.

Multi-day trip cancellation must be received in writing, by letter or fax. If you cancel your reservations for one of our multi-day trips at least 30 days prior to the schedule launch date, your money will be refunded less a service charge of $50.00 per person. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the scheduled launch are non-refundable. 

On half-day and one-day trips, if you cancel 15 days prior to the scheduled launch date your money will be refunded less a service charge of 50% of trip fee. Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to the scheduled launch date are non-refundable. 

Our trips go rain or shine. Northwest Voyageurs cannot assume any responsibility for personal injury, loss, or damage to personal belongings. Our guides are all qualified and very competent and will abide by all safety measures.

It depends on the type of trip you book.  We offer several multi-sport trips a year with a set itinerary that anyone can join.  We will also work with you to create your own custom itinerary for private groups if you prefer.

If you decide to create your own custom itinerary, we will run the itinerary by you to be sure you are happy with the plans before you arrive. While some changes may be possible once you arrive, we go to great lengths to schedule guides and plan trips weeks in advance, and often last minute changes cannot be accommodated.

If you are unsure of the activities you would like to participate in, please feel free to call and ask questions beforehand.  Our goal is to help you plan an amazing and memorable multi-sport trip based on what you'd like to do and see.

Spring: Spring is a glorious time of year in Idaho! Wildflowers are in full bloom, and day-time temperatures are typically warm and in the 70s. However, the weather is quite variable and can range from cold and rainy with highs in the low 50s, to hot and dry with highs in the 90s. Obviously, the later in the spring the better your chances are for good weather. You should be prepared for both cold, rainy days and hot, sunny days. Bring layers.  

Summer: Summer is typically hot and dry with day-time highs averaging in the 90s and lows in the 60s at night. Temperatures can reach 110 F or more during the hottest days of the summer. Fortunately, we are usually near refreshingly cool water to escape the heat. Sunscreen, a hat, and protective clothing are necessities.

Fall: September is spectacular here with warm days and cool nights and mostly nice weather. Rain is a possibility though, so be prepared with cool and wet weather gear. During the fall/winter fishing season, expect temperatures in the 30s to 50s during the day with rain and wind being distinct possibilities.

Please note: Weather at higher elevations above the river (which is where you'll be if you're hiking, biking, or horseback riding) can be significantly cooler even in the middle of the summer. Please bring appropriate attire if you plan to recreate at higher elevations.

The answer depends on the activities you choose, the value of your camera, and your willingness to accept a small amount of risk. If you have a very expensive camera and are joining us for white water rafting, we recommend purchasing a pelican case or other high-end waterproof camera case. If you do not purchase a very good waterproof case or have a waterproof camera, it's our opinion that it's not worth the risk to bring a very expensive camera.

If you have a moderately priced camera or digital camera, you can either purchase a waterproof case or use care to keep the camera stored in a zip lock bag and a dry bag during the rapids. While our dry bags provide 99% waterproof protection, it is possible that the dry bag could fail in the unlikely event of a boat flipping or the bag ripping. We do not accept the risk of any cameras or other belongings that are stored in our dry bags. That being said, the risk is quite small and our guides typically bring moderately priced digital cameras on trips without incident.

For taking pictures during rapids, we recommend a waterproof camera only. 

Our mountain bike rides vary tremendously in difficulty from rolling forest service roads to difficult single track. While we can tailor a ride to be mostly downhill, this is mountainous terrain, and there are some uphill sections on all rides, even those that have a net descent of 5,000 feet or more.

You can bring your own bike and gear or we can provide reliable front suspension or full suspension mountain bikes and bike helmets. If you know your bike size, please give us that information. If not, give us the measurement of your inseam and we'll be able to find the right size bike for you. 

Bike rentals with helmets are $25 per bike per day (waived for multi-sport participants).

Riding in the mountains of Idaho, you will experience both rugged mountain terrain and beautiful meadows. After getting to know you a little, your guides will pair your personality and ability with the right horse.

When you head for the trail, your experienced horseback guides will lead in a safe yet adventurous way. For those with more experience, after checking with your guide, you may have the opportunity to enjoy a gallop through one of the beautiful meadows.

Your ride through the high mountain trails follow the mountain side. For those who are afraid of heights, from time to time, you may choose to dismount and walk your horse rather than ride through the short sections of steep mountain terrain.

The Salmon River is a Class III-IV river – mostly Class IIIs with a few Class IVs. It’s a big volume, pool and drop river. So while most of our rapids are not technically difficult, they have big waves, big rides and are a lot of fun. Keep in mind that the classification system is not a “fun-meter”. It is rather a measurement of how technically difficult the rapids are, and how bad the consequences of a mistake are. We are fortunate that our rapids are huge and fun, but not particularly technically difficult or dangerous, which is really the best of both worlds!

In the spring, the Salmon River floods and the whitewater can be considerably bigger and less predictable than the summer. Spring high water is often only appropriate for older children, or in extreme conditions we may require participants be at least 18 yrs. old.

Typically through mid-June the air temperatures may be warm, but the water temperatures are chilly. While we provide farmer john wet suits, neoprene booties and mitts, we also highly recommend you bring several non-cotton layers. This includes: poly-pro long underwear, fleece, wool socks, wool or poly hat and gloves.

We strongly recommend you do NOT bring the following: cotton sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers with athletic socks, and/or cotton t-shirts.


If you choose golf as one of your activities, your greens fees, cart fees, lunch and a bucket of range balls are included, but your clubs are not. You should plan to bring your own golf clubs. However, rental clubs are available at each of the courses for a nominal rental charge.

 

We provide spinning rods and tackle. We do not provide fly fishing gear. If you are an avid angler, we recommend you bring your own spinning and fly fishing gear.

Fly fishing recommended gear:

  • 5-6 weight fly rod
  • 5-6 weight floating line w/ medium to fast sinking tip
  • Bass flies: Varies. Try purple, green and white poppers. Streamer patterns.
  • Trout flies: Caddis patterns, midges.

Spinning Gear recommended:

  • Average sized trout rod with light tackle. Ultralight rods can also be used.
  • 2-4 pound test line
  • Lures: Spinners, meps, spoons, jigs.

For those departing for a multi-day wilderness trip, we have secure storage space available at our Little Salmon Lodge to store any extra bags or belongings. If you have driven a car, you can also leave your extra luggage in your car if you wish. Our facility and parking areas are both very safe and we have multiple people living on the property.



Guests are welcome to bring beer and wine on rafting or fishing trips. We have plenty of space for beer and wine in our coolers and have plenty of ice available. Please DO NOT bring glass bottles. We cannot handle the volume of glass. We also prefer that you transfer wine or beer into Nalgene bottles or other non-breakable containers. Beer and premium wine is available for sale at the Little Salmon Lodge and can be purchased prior to your departure. 


While gratuities are not required, they are customary and very much appreciated. On our multi-sport trips, a variety of people will assist you including our guides, drivers, cook, housekeeper, and lodge staff.

Our recommendation is to leave one gratuity for the entire staff with the lodge manager. We pay attention to which guides and staff spent most of their time with you and tip them appropriately. And additionally, we make sure to "tip out" those behind the scenes like the housekeeper, drivers and staff. While any and all amounts are appreciated, we recommend a tip of $25 - $50 per guest per day.

If you prefer, you may tip whomever you choose directly.

For fishing or chuckar trips, please make sure you obtain your license prior to your arrival at our lodge.

Idaho Licenses are available online through the Idaho Fish and Game website

If you are traveling into or through Boise, you can obtain a license in Boise. If you are traveling through Lewiston, you can obtain a license there or in Riggins at the Hook, Line, and Sinker but please be aware of their limited hours.


We provide spinning rods and tackle for steelhead fishing. If you wish to fly fish for steelhead, you will need to bring your own fly rods, flies, and tackle (see recommended equipment in FAQ below). Note that fly fishing for steelhead is quite difficult with a lower success rate than spincasting.


As mentioned previously, fly fishing for steelhead is a difficult art, mastered by very few anglers. If you wish to fly fish for steelhead on your trip, please plan to bring your own equipment. Recommendations are below. If you have not fished with a heavy-weight fly rod or spey rod before, feel free to bring your equipment but our recommendation will be to concentrate on spincasting which has a much better success rate.

Recommended fly fishing equipment for steelhead:

  • Single-handed fly rod – minimum 8 weight, 9 foot and/or
  • Spey rod – 8 to 9 weight
  • Dry fly line with a 9 ft. sinking leader, 12 lb. test
  • Minimum 100 yards backing, 20 lb. Dacron line
  • Recommended flies – green-butt skunks, bunny leaches and spey flies in blues, blacks, and chartreuse patterns. We can stop at a local fly shop on the way to the river to pick up additional flies
  • Waders and wading boots
  • Optional – wading staff, inflatable pfd

Yes, subject to the limits set by Idaho Fish & Game.

If you catch fish on a multi-day trip, our guides can turn your fish into a delicious meal.


Most of the steelhead in the Salmon River are hatchery fish, identified by a clipped adipose fin. Typically (though subject to Fish & Game rule changes), the daily limit for hatchery steelhead is 3 and the possession limit is 9. You can keep up to 9 fish to take home with you if you wish. Native (non-hatchery) steelhead must be released.

This is for information purposes only...we recommend you always check with Idaho Fish & Game for a list of current rules and regulations.

We can put your fish on ice and in our freezer once we're back at the lodge.  If you are flying home, you could travel with a small cooler (40 quarts works well). While you cannot pack ice in checked luggage, we can pack your fish in ice for the drive to the airport, removing the ice before checking the cooler. The fish should stay cold (and possibly frozen) during your trip home. 

If you are on one of our multi-day wilderness fishing trips, we recommend eating the fish you catch during the first day or two of your trip while on the river the meat may not keep very well on ice or in a cooler for 4-5 days.

You are required to bring a shotgun and appropriate ammunition for your chukar hunt. You can use a 12 gauge, 16 gauge, or a 20 gauge shotgun, though we recommend a 16 or 20 gauge. Anything smaller than a 20 gauge is not large enough to cleanly and responsibly take chukar.

We recommend something between a 6 and 8 load.

Lastly, you are welcome to bring a bird dog on your trip. Please be sure to let us know ahead of time if you are bringing your dog.

We can provide shotgun drybags to protect your gun from the water.

The limit is 8 chukar per day with a maximum of 16 in possession.

We are sure you will find our fishing and hunting guides will work very hard to find fish and birds, even if the conditions are not ideal. Tipping is not required but is generally customary if you feel your guides have worked hard and provided you with a wonderful experience.

While any amount is appreciated, we recommend an amount of $40-80 per guest per day.