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Riggins Idaho stands as the gateway to spectacular mountains, canyons and rivers of west central Idaho. Home to some of the best whitewater rafting anywhere, everything from day trips to back country wilderness floats via raft or jet boat are available. Perfect access to the Salmon River, the famous River of No Return and the Snake River in nearby Hell’s Canyon offers a once in a lifetime experience. To learn more visit:
In 1863, white men first happened on the area and discovered gold in a land where until that time, Nez Perce Indians had used the area as a preferred camping ground. Although he left before digging into the find, he returned a few years later to stake a claim. In 1893 though, he sold his claim and built the first house in the area for himself, his wife and five boys. Around that same time, Charley, John and Bud Clay moved to the area to develop an irrigation ditch to help with their mining plans and by 1894, the population had grown enough to need a school, with 14 local children beginning that year.
By 1901, Missouri native John Riggins had established a ferry on Lightning Creek to travel north and his son, Richard had moved to the town site, establishing a post. The younger Riggins later became one of the town’s most respected businessmen. Serving as a jack of all trades, from stage drive to freights, Dick made major contributions to the town’s development and the residents eventually named the town after him.
Continuing to grow when a wagon road was completed to the settlement in 1902, hotels, houses, churches and stores soon began to join Dick’s businesses. The town today is ranked as Idaho’s white water capital, with hundreds of thrill seekers launching their Salmon River excursions from Riggins every summer.
Riggins offers the perfect opportunity to discover the beauty of Idaho’s wilderness while experiencing the thrill of outdoor water adventure. The Salmon River is equipped with 425 miles of floating – be it by canoe, kayak, jet boat or raft. The best part, the river runs right through the heart of Riggins! Whether you are looking for a relaxing float trip with the family, or the ultimate rush of the white waters, you’re going to find it here with us. Salmon River Whitewater Rafting trips are for every range of interest and all levels of ability; from half-day float trips to multi-day excursions.
Sited at 1,800 feet, Riggins nestles deeply in the canyon where Idaho’s very own Salmon River and the Little Salmon River come together. It is here, that you will experience some of the best fishing areas in all of Idaho. Thousands of salmon and steelhead journey up these rivers to their yearly spawning grounds, making them a premiere catch for many who love to fish. Although timing can be of the essence as these two fishing seasons kick off during specific time of the year.
That isn’t to say there aren’t some great fish to be caught year round! In Riggins, fishing adventures are abundant no matter the season. Take your pick at fly fishing the river banks by jet boat. For those new beginners, bring aboard a tour guide who will show you a day of well-planned fishing fun.
City of Riggins
For more details about Riggins, visit: http://www.rigginsidaho.org/
Riggins Chamber of Commerce http://www.rigginsidaho.com/