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Kayaking holyday to Idaho

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 1:18 pm
by loz123
Hi

We are planning a trip to Idaho next year and was wondering if anyone has recently been out there. We would like to fly our kit and kayaks out but not sure about the logistic of this. Does anyone have any advice or up to date knowledge they could share with use

Many thanks

loz

Re: Kayaking holyday to Idaho

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 11:00 pm
by Dave Manby
Boats on internal flights are pretty much a no no so unless you can get routed all the way to Boise(?) be careful. Also many Idaho rivers are permit rivers: Main Salmon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, Locksau (sp?) etc. Hiring boats in Idaho is easy, reasonable and common.

Re: Kayaking holyday to Idaho

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 5:58 am
by ion
Have you specific goals or date ranges? There's a lot to say about Idaho but would like it to be useful to you.

Re: Kayaking holyday to Idaho

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 3:02 pm
by loz123
Thanks for getting back to me. Its more about flying and getting gear over there. Two mates have paddled there before but it was a long time ago.

Loz

Re: Kayaking holyday to Idaho

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 11:15 pm
by ion
We'll the advice you got from Dave is excellent then. Avoid any internal flights in the US if you are bringing boats. Your best bet is probably Virgin Atlantic (unless they changed their baggage rules recently) ...that would mean San Francisco, Las Vegas or Seattle direct from the UK. All 3 are long, beautiful drives, through very un-UK scenery, Seattle being about 150 miles closer to the action.

Dave was actually wrong about the Lochsa, that's permit free, but the Middle Salmon, Main Salmon, and especially Selway can be be hard to get permits for (like apply to a lottery many months in advance). Hells Canyon of the Snake is easier. NF/SF/Main Payette all permit free as is the (amazing) SF Salmon. Grand Ronde or lower Snake if you are ready to float some peaceful 2/3 for a few days instead of big water.

Re: Kayaking holyday to Idaho

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 12:49 pm
by loz123
Many thanks for replying Dave and ion

Much appreciated!

Loz