Idaho Steelhead Fishing Trips of a Lifetime

The Salmon River is Idaho’s premier Steelhead fishing river and is known 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 ocean and we steelhead fish within this wild and scenic slice of Idaho.

Come Experience steelhead fishing on the Salmon River

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

We offer steelhead fishing trips on the Salmon

We are Whitewater Expeditions and we’re located in Riggins, Idaho. We run spring and fall Idaho steelhead fishing charters on the Salmon River. We offer 1-day and 3-day fishing trips.

Why Choose Us for your Steelhead fishing trip?

We’re Big on Experience

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

30+ years in Business

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

We’re an approved Outfitter

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

See our Idaho Steelhead fishing trips

A fisherman releases a steelhead fish back into the Salmon river during his Idaho steelhead fishing trip with Whitewater Expeditions.

3 day frank church Wilderness trip

1 day Vinegar creek trip

Q & A

We are located in Riggins, Idaho and offer Idaho Steelhead fishing trips on the Salmon River. Riggins is located about 3 hours from Boise and 2 hours from Lewiston. See where Riggins is located on a map – Google Map.

Yes! Riggins has access to lodging. You can add lodging at a backcountry ranch to your fishing trip with us or you can arrange your own accommodations in Riggins, Idaho.

Yes! Our boats are stocked with rods, bait and tackle.

Yes, you must purchase an Idaho fishing license and Steelhead fishing permit. For detailed information visit

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 in Riggins until October. For the best fall steelhead fishing, we suggest you book your trip for October – November. Fall fishing goes until the river freezes which is typically late November/early December.

Payment is due in full prior to all fishing trips except the 3-day Frank Church Wilderness trip. A 50% deposit is required to book a 3-day trip. The remaining 50% is due 2 weeks before your trip.

Full refunds are given for cancellations that occur 30 days before our 1-day fishing trips (minus transaction fees). If you cancel within 30 days of your trip you will receive a 50% refund (minus transaction fees).

The 50% deposit for Frank Church Wilderness trips is non-refundable.

If we should have to cancel because of unpredictable circumstances (water level, ice, fires, US Forest Service restraints etc.) you will receive a full refund.