LEAP whitewater kayaking programs are a chance to gain self-confidence, build trust and community, experience peace in nature, and reclaim your life.
About the Program
With guidance and coaching from LEAP leaders, you will travel 52 river miles and camp under the stars for five days and four nights. Off the water, we will have group activities, reflections and delicious meals.
About the River
We will be paddling 52 miles of class I-IV whitewater on the Lower Salmon River in Idaho! Expect to encounter many different river features, from flat water, eddies and big waves, to beautiful canyons and exciting rapids! You can view the map of our paddling route here.
About Our Crafts
We offer two boating options: single-person inflatable kayaks and a paddle raft.
We strongly encourage participants to try paddling our custom-designed inflatable kayaks. LEAP believes this “paddle yourself” experience is at the heart of why our program is special. The challenge of making decisions, facing fears, and mastering a new skill helps participants transform and build self-confidence.
We also offer a paddle raft option where up to eight participants can paddle as a team with a LEAP guide in commands steering through rapids. The paddle raft will always be an option should any participant feel uncomfortable or wish to switch out of their inflatable kayak.
If you have questions about your ability to participate, please contact LEAP or your program organizer.
You will get to sleep under the stars for the duration of the program! Most folks choose to use their inflatable kayak as a mattress to sleep on with the provided sleeping bags and liners. Tents and sleeping pads are available if preferred, or in cases of rainy weather conditions.
Food and Drink
Energy-packed meals are cooked riverside by the program staff. Snacks and water refill will always be available throughout the day on the river.
We can accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, lactose intolerant, and most food allergies. Please be sure to let us know of any preferences or allergies when you fill out the form to register.
If you have any questions, please email us with your organization name in the subject line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Info & Logistics
Our guides are specifically trained to run programs with safety as the highest priority. LEAP leader training and preparation includes but is not limited to: river guiding, CPR and wilderness first aid, and whitewater specific risk-management. Satellite phones are carried on all programs.
Communication While on the River
Participants may bring cell phone to the put-in to call home and let people know you have safely arrived. Plan to be out of communication for the duration of the program. Once we’re off the river, you will have access to your cell phone.
Each group will meet at a location selected by their organization. Participants will be driven vehicles rented by the LEAP team, who will collaborate with the partner organization on meeting times and locations. The drive will take approximately 8 hours from Portland to Hammer Creek Campground near White Bird, Idaho.
The group will end the journey at the US Army Corps of Engineers Park in Clarkson, Washington via jet boat. The return from Clarkston to Portland takes approximately 6 hours.