1-Day River Rafting Trip

Prices Starting At

$199 Adults (14+)

More Cal Salmon River Trips


A full day of Class 5 white water action on the Cal Salmon River! This is a sought after river trip for experienced paddlers. The season is usually short as flows are dependent upon snowpack/melt.

The Nordheimer Run provides non-stop action featuring many Class 3+, 4 & 5 rapids. There are 3 iconic Class V rapids called Cascade, and Last Chance with Freight Train right after that!

A well deserved lunch is included with the trip and prepared by your amazing river guides.

The last few miles of the trip are mellow and we have some time to catch our breath from all the action as well as reminisce over our journey.

Tributary Whitewater Tours operates under permits issued by the Six Rivers National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.


  • Raft Wild & Scenic the California Salmon (Cal Salmon) and Scott River
  • Must do section for experienced rafters
  • Challenging Class IV and V rapids with non-stop action
  • The Cal. Salmon River is free-flowing, so entirely dependent on snow-melt. Check our Predictions Page for expected flow conditions.

River Map

Trip Itinerary

Meet your guides near the Nordheimer Campground put-in in the morning. We will head to the river from there.

After pre-trip instruction and a swim test we launch for a day of action packed white water rafting! The trip has a mellow beginning and end giving us time to warm up and wind down.


The first rapids begin at mile 4 and are non stop for almost 10 miles! These challenging rapids include Portagee Falls, Achilles Heel, Whirling Dervish, Gaping Maw & more! There are 3 big Class V rapids named Cascade, Last Chance immediately followed by Freight Train.

Lunch is served riverside and the afternoon mellows out before our take out location at Somes Bar.

What Should I Bring

  • Required Items
    • Re-usable 20oz or more water bottle
    • Shoes (no flip flops)
  • Suggested Items
    • Sunglasses (with a strap)
    • Baseball hat
  • Do Not Bring
    • Cell Phones
    • Wallets
    • Expensive jewelry


Click here for a full detailed list of what to wear and what to bring.

Rafting shuttle services and fees included. For more information on trip shuttles click here.

What Does Tributary Provide

Included with Rafting

  • PFD (Personal floatation device / aka life jacket)
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Professional raft guide for each raft
  • Lunch