A Steelhead Fishing Trip of a Lifetime in the Frank Church wilderness

Whitewater Expeditions offers a 3-day steelhead fishing trip in the Frank Church Wilderness on the Salmon River. Our 3-day Frank Church Wilderness Trip include 3 days of fishing and 2 nights of lodging at a backcountry ranch on the river. Meals are included. This trip leaves from Vinegar Creek on the Salmon River and encompass 50 miles of the Frank Church Wilderness.

Come Experience steelhead fishing on the river of no return

Why Choose Us for your 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.

3-day Steelhead Fishing Charter

In the Frank Church wilderness

How 3-Day fishing trips work

This is a 3-day fishing trip that leaves from Vinegar Creek on the Salmon River. Lodging at a backcountry ranch is included and you’ll spend 3 days fishing and two nights on the river in the Frank Church Wilderness. 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 the Rive of No Return.

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

Our Frank Church Wilderness Trip includes

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.

3 days of fishing

Your trip will take you into the Frank Church Wilderness where you will spend 3 days fishing.

2 nights of Lodging

2 nights of lodging at a backcountry ranch and meals are included in your trip.

Pricing & Availability for Frank Church Wilderness trip

3-day steelhead fishing 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 $1,200 / Per Person

*Booking minimum is $6,000+ fees/taxes and includes up to 5 people. We have a max group size of 6 people.

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

Available dates for 3-day trips in the spring (2023)

  • February 21st-23rd
  • March 3rd-5th
  • March 6th-8th

Available dates for 3-day trips in the fall (2023)

  • October 20th-21st
  • October 27th-29th
  • October 30th-November 1st
  • November 11th-13th
  • November 14th-16th

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1-day Vinegar Creek trip

Q & A

We are located in Riggins, Idaho and offer 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

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 stay in Riggins, Idaho the night before your trip.

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 $6,000 or 5 people. Our boat max is 6 poeple.

Yes, our boats are stocked with rods, bait and tackle.

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.

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.

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.