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Alan’s 40 years of guiding rivers has taken him from the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the Matanuska in Alaska, and everywhere in between. He has outfitted and guided trips quick half-day floats to remote multi-week excursions. As a trip leader and outfitter, he has become an expert in safety instruction, food planning and preparation, camp accommodations, and equipment maintenance. Over the course of his guiding career, Alan has trained and mentored many new and experienced guides. He also has over 20 years experience mentoring and guiding youth groups in multi-discipline expeditions.
Matt developed a passion for rafting at a very young age, and has polished his skills as a guide over the last 15 years. Before WILD RIVER ADVENTURES, Matt worked a few miles upstream as a trip leader on the Main Salmon river. He trains all the new guides and manages the day to day here is Riggins. Matt studied Civil/Water Engineering at Brigham Young University.
These are your Amazing GUIDES
Bettis has been guiding with us since 2015. An IT retiree-turned-cymbal maker, Bettis now spends as much time as he can on the river. @bettis_cymbals
“Peaceful Parker” …enough said. @peacefulmatt
Matt was the owner of Wild River Adventures from 2011 to 2022. Before that, he worked as a guide and manager at various outfits in Riggins. He got his start at Exodus where he developed a passion for the Salmon River and has spent his life enjoying all the things it offers.
Thad was born to fish, but has to work. Luckily, he found he can do both as one of our whitewater and fishing guides. Don’t ask him what the difference between a drift boat and a dory is.
Trysta grew up with Wild River Adventures and has been guiding with us for 4 seasons. She is one of the few female guides in town and has proven herself as one of the best guides in town time and time again.
A mysterious individual often found at the back of a Wild River boat full of guests. No one knows his true name. @catfish.custom.works
This was Chloe’s first year as a river guide. She doesn’t know how she ended up as a guide for us, but strange things happen on the river. She is an amazing photographer and climber, and she fits in perfectly with the Wild River Family. @chloe.duso
Melissa has worked with us for 4 years, a great guide and an even better person. She is our boat house manager and helps train our new guides. Originally from Wisconsin, Melissa now lives a semi-nomadic lifestyle, but the Salmon River will likely always be home for her.
Masen “Cruiz” Williams
Cruiz is in his 5th year guiding with us. He spends his free time surfing the salmon here in Riggins. Careful around his dog, Marie, she’s feisty. @ccruizz
Terry has a long career on the river. He moved to Riggins after learning about the amazing surfing the river offers around town. If you ever need to find him, check Mill wave first. @erikearlmiller
This was Jack’s first year with Wild River, he is a great guide and can’t get enough of the river. He won this year’s dutch oven cookoff and lucky for you he guides most of our multi-day trips. @jaackkloongg
Jeremy has been around the guide world for the last 10 years. Although he calls Colorado home, his family is certainly here in Riggins.
A former Rodeo Bull riding Champion and later rodeo host. Pat spends his time with his wife enjoying the peace the Salmon River has to offer. He is the honorary conductor of “Puff the Tragic Wagon” and might turn on the AC if you tip him.
Bob is a longtime Riggins resident, he drives shuttle for just about everyone in town. But we claim him as ours.
Rachael has been helping manage the office at Wild River Adventures for 5 years. She is a local Riggins resident and loves interacting with new people.
About Wild River Adventures
Our experienced guides will ensure you have a safe and exhilarating trip you’ll never forget. Rafting is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day, and there’s nothing like the feeling of conquering a wild river. Fishing is also an excellent option for those looking to relax and enjoy Idaho’s stunning scenery.
No matter your preference, we guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time with us at Wild River Adventures. So come on down and join us for the adventure of a lifetime!
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About the Salmon River
The Salmon River: A Journey into Nature
The Salmon River is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 US. The Salmon river originates in the Sawtooth mountains near Stanley, Idaho, and carves a path North towards Salmon, Idaho, from whence it runs West through the Frank Church Wilderness area. Near Vinegar Creek, the area becomes designated as recreational and flows for 112 miles past the town of Riggins and follows a portion of Highway 95 towards White Bird, ID, where a 52-mile stretch called the Lower Salmon Gorge or the Canyons of the Salmon River begins and eventually merges with the Snake River near the end of Hell’s Canyon.
The Salmon River is known for its scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and recreational opportunities such as whitewater rafting, sport fishing, camping, hiking, relaxing, etc.