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North Star River Expeditions in Idaho is a rafting operation and a family affair. Owner Tricia Warren explained that participants are also treated like first-class family members.
“This is an all-inclusive trip,” she said. “We provide everything, including the sleeping bags.”
Three- to six-day backcountry rafting trips on the Snake River in Hells Canyon — the deepest gorge in North America — or on the Salmon River, the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, are options. Both excursions can include class II, III or IV rapids and powerful displays of whitewater. All types of rafts are available, and majestic sights through rocky cliffs and narrow rock canyons are just part of the ride.
“The grandeur of it — it’s so gigantic,” said Warren. “You can’t believe it when you look up and see those rock formations. But groups should know there are lots of opportunities to just float, fish, hike and see lots of natural history, like Native American sites and old cabins.”
Outdoor adventurers know that camping out in the fresh air can work up an appetite, and North Star doesn’t disappoint. The cuisine features fireside cooking at its best: Grilled salmon, steak and even pasta, along with Dutch oven corn bread and brownies, guarantee a good night’s sleep.