Idaho Steelhead Fishing Trips of a Lifetime

The Salmon River is Idaho’s premier Steelhead fishing river and is know as “The River of No Return”. It originates in the Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho and is the longest undammed river in Idaho. The Salmon passes through the Frank Church Wilderness on its journey to the Snake River and we operate within this wild and scenic slice of Idaho. We (Whitewater Expeditions) offer Idaho Steelhead fishing trips on the Salmon River leaving from Spring Bar and Vinegar Creek.

Come Experience steelhead fishing on the Salmon River

A man and a women hold a silver colored steelhead during an Idaho steelhead fishing trip on the Salmon River.

We offer steelhead fishing trips on the Salmon River

We are Whitewater Expeditions and we’re located near Riggins, Idaho. We offer spring and fall Idaho steelhead fishing charters on the Salmon River.

Why Choose Us for your Idaho Steelhead fishing trip?

We’re Big on Experience

We keep our groups small, so that the experience is big.

We’re an approved Outfitter

We are a licensed and bonded Idaho Outfitter. Our boats and captains are Coast Guard certified.

30+ years in Business

Whitewater Expeditions has been in business for more than 30 years.

Vinegar Creek Steelhead Fishing Charters

We offer single day & 3-day trips above Vinegar Creek

About our Vinegar Creek Charters

Our Vinegar Creek steelhead fishing charters take you into a stretch of roadless area where you can experience an unplugged fishing adventure in the Frank Church Wilderness. You can book single day and 3-day fishing charters with us.

How Single Day fishing trips work

You will meet your boat captain (also your fishing guide) at the Vinegar Creek boat ramp. You’ll have your own personal jet boat for your fishing trip. Our jet boats are Coast Guard Certified and stocked with everything you need for your fishing excursion. Our fishing trips typically begin at 8am and you will spend the day fishing and enjoying the river. We will drop you back at the boat ramp around 5pm.

Why Choose this trip?

Single day trips are a great introduction to the Salmon River. With this trip you will boat and fish about 25 miles of river.

How 3-Day fishing trips work

This is a 3-day fishing trip that leaves from Vinegar Creek. Lodging at a backcountry ranch is included and you’ll spend 3 days fishing and two nights on the river. Meals are included. You’ll have your own personal jet boat for your fishing trip. Our jet boats are Coast Guard Certified and stocked with all the fishing gear you’ll need for your 3-day excursion.

Why Choose this trip?

This is a longer trip that affords more opportunity to take in Idaho’s wild and scenic Salmon River corridor. With this trip you will boat and fish nearly 50 miles of river.

A man and a women Steelhead fish from the bank of the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho.
A smiling fisherman holds a steelhead fish on the bank of the Salmon River. Whitewater Expeditions offers Idaho steelhead fishing trips on the Salmon River.
A fisherman releases a steelhead fish back into the Salmon river during his Idaho steelhead fishing trip with Whitewater Expeditions.

Vinegar Creek Trips include

Private Boat & Guide

You get a private boat! We don’t combine groups. Your jet boat captain will be your expert fishing guide.

Fishing Gear

Your boat will be stocked with fishing rods and all the fishing gear you will need during your fishing trip.

Wilderness Access

Your fishing trip will take you into the Frank Church Wilderness. Here you can fish in peace and experience the splendor of the Salmon River.

Spring Bar Steelhead Fishing Charter

We offer single day trips from Spring Bar

About our Spring Bar charters

Our Spring Bar steelhead fishing charters take you along a stretch of river that lies along the Main Salmon River Road. Your trip will begin at the Spring Bar boat ramp near Riggins, Idaho.

How our fishing trips work

You will meet your boat captain (also your fishing guide) at the Spring Bar boat ramp. You will have your own personal jet boat for your fishing trip. Our jet boats are Coast Guard Certified and stocked with everything you need for your fishing excursion. Our fishing trips typically begin at 8am and you will spend the day fishing and enjoying the river. We will drop you back at the boat ramp around 5pm.

Why choose this trip?

The Spring Bar boat launch is located 11 miles from Riggins and is a convenient 30 minute drive (vs. an hour+ drive to Vinegar Creek). This allows you to wake up slower and get home faster.

A jet boat floats down the Salmon River while people fishing from the sides during their Idaho Steelhead fishing trip.

Spring Bar Trips include

Private Boat & Guide

You get a private boat! We don’t combine groups. Your jet boat captain will be your expert fishing guide.

Fishing Gear

Your boat will be stocked with fishing rods and all the fishing gear you will need during your fishing trip.

Convient Access

Your fishing trip will take you into a lower section of the river. Here you will experience the beauty of the Salmon River.

Fishing Trip Prices

3 day Vinegar Creek Trip


  • Includes meals & lodging for 2 nights at a backcountry guest ranch.
  • Includes a private jet boat for 3 days
  • Includes a fishing guide
  • Includes fishing rods and gear

starting at $1,250 / Per Person

**It’s best to call or email to book as availability and pricing is subject to lodging availability.

Booking minimum is $6,250 and includes up to 5 people. We have a max group size of 6 people.

1 Day Vinegar Creek Trip


  • Includes a private jet boat
  • Includes a fishing guide
  • Includes fishing rods and gear

$250 / Per Person

Booking minimum is $1,250 and includes up to 5 people. Additional people are $250/per person. We have a max group size of 16 people.

1 Day Spring Bar trip


  • Includes a private boat
  • Includes a fishing guide
  • Includes fishing rods and gear

$200 / Per Person

Booking minimum is $1,200 and includes up to 6 people. Additional people are $200/per person. We have a max group size of 16 people.

A few Questions Answered!

We are located in Riggins, Idaho and offer Idaho Steelhead fishing trips on the Salmon River. Contact us to book your fishing trip.

Riggins is located about 3 hours from Boise and 2 hours from Lewiston. See where Riggins is located on a map – Google Map

The Vinegar Creek boat ramp is located 27 miles up the main Salmon River out of Riggins, Idaho. From Riggins it takes about an hour to drive to the boat ramp. See where its located on a map – Google Map

You can add lodging at a backcountry ranch to your fishing trip with us or you can arrange lodging in Riggins, Idaho.

Lunches are not included in our base pricing but you can add lunches at $15 a person.

Yes, you must purchase an Idaho fishing license and Steelhead fishing permit. For detailed information visit https://idfg.idaho.gov/rules/fish.

Yes, there is a boat minimum of $1,250 for Vinegar Creek trips and $1,000 for Spring Bar trips.

Yes, 50% of your trip cost is due at booking. The remaining 50% of your trip cost is due within 14 days on your trip date.

If you cancel, the 50% reservation retainer and all other payments made are non-refundable. If you are paid in-full at the time of cancelation, 50% of your payment may be applied to a future date within the same calendar year. If we should have to cancel because of unpredictable circumstances (water level, ice, fires, US Forest Service restraints etc) all payments will be refunded.

Spring steelhead fishing starts when the ice melts on the river, which is usually mid-february. For the best spring fishing, we suggest you book your steelhead trip mid-february through the end of April.

The fall season opens in September but the fish don’t typically arrive to Riggins until October. For the best fall steelhead fishing, we suggest you book your trip October – November. Fall fishing goes until the river freezes which is typically late November/early December.