Rapids, Race boats, and shenanigans…
Being pent up in the office for days at a time can drive you crazy, especially when the weather is nice and you make fishing products. It’s times like these that we desperately look for an excuse to escape with the boat.
A quick glance at the calendar told us it was mid-April and we’d be just in time for the jet boat races in Riggins, Idaho, a little town nestled deep in a canyon at the confluence of the Salmon and the Little Salmon rivers in the west-central part of the state—and the perfect excuse to grab the film crew and take off on another Idaho adventure, and leave the office behind.
We invited our good friend and pro-staff member, Carl Johnson, and got a quick “hell yeah” even before we could finish the invitation. With the boat fueled and stocked, camera batteries charged and our traveling gear stowed away, we were on the road heading toward Riggins.
Mount views and endless vistas
It’s a little more than a five-hour drive from Mountain Home to the Steelhead Inn on the east shore of the Salmon River in Lucile, Idaho, a quiet little outpost on US 95 between Riggins and White Bird.
If you haven’t stayed at the Steelhead Inn before, I highly recommend it. We showed up that night around 11 and the owners, Kenn and Nancy Brown, could not have been more gracious. Nancy was even so kind as to make us all breakfast in the morning.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt as comfortable outside of my actual home as I did at that remote and grand country inn on the shores of the Main Salmon River in the middle of Idaho. It’s a truly beautiful place.