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Insider Tips on Steelhead Fishing on the Salmon River

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Steelhead season is just getting started here in Central Idaho. Word on the river is: patience is key!

October 1st is usually the start of “good” steelhead fishing however, the water has been so warm this year that we are anticipating the fishing to get GREAT a bit later in the season, once the water cools down.

Mid to late October is the time to go as the river should be cooler by then. We’re just (trying) to wait patiently and checking out our secret spots. We can take you fishing down here in White Bird, Idaho or up in Riggins, we do expeditions in both areas.

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Click here to book a mid to late October or November fishing trip and catch a big one.

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2016 Hells Canyon ATV UTV Ride n’ Rodeo


It’s fall and we’re already getting excited for our Memorial Day 2016 ATV and UTV ride and rodeo weekend!

We’ll be doing two rides a day on Saturday and Sunday. The first one is 78 miles round trips and takes you up the scenic Salmon River to Deer Creek Road and down into Kirkwood Ranch on the Snake River.

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On the second trip we’ll venture out on a 60 mile round trip into the wilderness that is the Nez Perce National Forest and down into the rugged, but beautiful, Hells Canyon! The views are breathtaking and the trails aren’t comparable to any other place you’ve ever ridden! Hells Canyon’s beauty surrounds you on this trail ride.


On Monday we’ll take a break to eat, drink and be merry. With a catered, on-site, steak dinner and an ATV/UTV rodeo. Time to start cutting down your barrel racing time to win the cash prizes!

For more information on our 2016 Hells Canyon ATV Ride n’ Rodeo visit this site for more information. Can’t wait to see you there for our action packed rugged weekend.

Vacation Must See’s: Hells Canyon, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone


A favorite among vacationers is the Hells Canyon, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone “Loop”. Hitting the top three destinations in the Pacific Northwest all at once.

The American West has been captivating men from the beginning of times From the tall winds blowing on the prairie down into deepest gorges – life seems to be bigger out here, cascading from all the eye reaches.

Park your rv and head into the refreshing water and into another world, untouched by human hands.

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Adventure seekers aren’t “left out to dry” so to speak. The 32 mile return trip from the Dam runs through rapids ranging from Class I all the way up to Class V. The boat blasts through the rapids on nature’s own rollercoaster, soaking and delighting those (in certain seats!) on board.

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Don’t worry nature lovers, you get up close and personal views of the wild animals as we cascade through the wilderness preserve – big horn sheep, bears and bald eagles – oh my!


With all the west has to offer, it’s no wonder thousands come each year to vacation. From Glacier National Park to Yellowstone down to the deepest part of Hells Canyon – there’s something for every vacationer here

Hells Canyon Wild River Bucket List Adventure


Killgore Adventures has learned from their guests that the Wild River Jet Boat Tour through Hells Canyon’s deepest part, has been on several of their guests bucket list for years.

This year as many as 11 couples have been able to cross off “Hells Canyon Wild River Jet Boat Tour” from their Bucket List.

Not only did they come from Idaho, but as far away as Texas and Maine to fulfill their dream of experiencing North Americas deepest gorge in Idaho.

Especially enjoyed by the bucket list group of adventurers are the stops at the historical ranch museum and of course, the whitewater rapids.

The light misting of water the Captain sends throughout the boat on the return trip downstream through the class 4 and 5 rapids creates a chant for more rapids and “get us wet again!” They love it!

Also enjoyed by all are the wildlife sightings of Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, and Bears seen often on the tours. And yes, the rave about the gorgeous scenery also.

Scenic Photography Tour June 21st


  jackhighpic         I hope many of you photographers will join me two weeks from    today,  June 21st, on a Photographers Jet Boat Tour of the wild and scenic  portion of  the Snake River in Hells Canyon with outfitter Killgore  Adventures.

          The wild and scenic section of the Snake runs from Pittsburg Landing  to  the Snake River Dam and features the deepest part of Hells Canyon  (more  than a mile deep), fantastic scenery, wildlife including Big Horn  Rams, Black  Bear, deer, and Bald Eagles; stops at historic ranches and the Hells Canyon Visitor Center at the dam, and thrilling class IV and class V rapids.


This six-hour adventure includes a delicious deli lunch, lots of drinks to keep you hydrated and a stop at a pristine white sand beach for swimming.

This exciting trip offers lots of opportunities to capture great photographic images.

Several of us are making the 3-1/2-hour drive a day early so we can take in the always popular White Bird Rodeo on Saturday afternoon. Accommodations are available at several nearby locations.

Sign up today, or at least this week, by calling Killgore Adventures in White Bird, Idaho. Their number is 1-800-469-8757. The cost is $175.00 per person.2014-10-03 15.59.58

I hope to see you there! Don’t forget your camera.

By: Guest Blogger and Photographer Jack High

Sunday Funday Loop Tour June 14th


The Salmon River conditions are just right to begin our rare, but exciting Loop Tour on Sunday June 14th.


This tour starts at Pittsburgh Landing on the Snake River in Hells Canyon and loops around to the Salmon River into White Bird, where it ends at Killgore Adventures’ private beach.

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It’s one of our annual favorites, traveling 79 miles round trip and hitting the best of the rapids then pausing for a picnic lunch (we provide!) on the beach. Its the perfect way to spend a Sunday, relaxing on the river with a cold drink.


See the beautiful and scenic Hells Canyon as well as the Blue Canyon, Snow Hole Canyon and the Green Canyon of the Salmon River. It’s two tours in one!

The Loop Tour can only be run when the river conditions are at a very specific flow. This usually happens only once or twice a year. Don’t miss out! Call or email us for more information! 800-469-8757

Hell’s Canyon Hikers Have a Story To Write

Thirty two 7th grade students, and their advisers from the Community School of Sun Valley, Idaho spent the last three days in Hells Canyon! Their assignment:  each student to write a book on the area  history, and their experiences.

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They ended their hiking adventure with a BBQ put on by Schznit’s at Killgore Adventures Lodging and Campground facilities on the Salmon  River. Besides the hiking trek, they enjoyed the jet boat ride up to Sheep Creek or back from Sheep Creek, as the two groups of 20 passed each other along the trail!

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2015 Wild River Tours are underway in Hells Canyon

Killgore Adventures first tour of the new season was for a family from Boise who were taking advantage of Spring Break by experiencing Idaho’s main attractions throughout the entire state.  Hells Canyon was first on their list. As usual, it was a great day on the river. Their four children really enjoyed seeing all the wildlife, which included, big horn sheep, bald eagles, deer, otter, and numerous birds.


Non-Motorized Dates and NEW! Subscriber Feature


Kurt Killgore Lands a Nice Steelhead!

Hello Fans!  We’ve been busy getting our website into order, and freshened up for the new 2015 jet boating season.

You’ll find the 2015 Non-Motorized Dates are posted here.

We’ve also added a new feature to so that our fans will find it much easier to stay in the loop with us and get notified of special events we might host, news of Hells Canyon Jet Boat tours, water levels and when the fishing is hot.

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Here’s to a fantastic, adventure filled spring and summer 2015.   With the winter experienced through most of the US, it’ll be good to plan for warmth and sunshine!


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Hells Canyon Steelhead & Salmon Jet Boat Fishing

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Degerstrom Oct 2014 fishing tripDegerstrom October 2014 fishing trip Hells Canyon Steelhead & Salmon Jet Boat Fishing near White Bird, Idaho,  is in full swing at Killgore Adventures. Jet Boats are busy at the confluence of the Salmon River and Snake River today with two jet boats and ten fisherman going after the hard fighting Salmon and Steelhead. Guides Homer Brown and Kurt Killgore along with Ryan Whitten are manuvering their boats to where the fish are. They landing over 20 fish today.