Riggins, Idaho where adventure begins!
The Gus Creek cabin is just 8 miles up the Main Salmon River from Riggins. The Salmon River is also known as “The River of No Return.” Back in the Lewis & Clark days boats could navigate down the river, but could not get back up through the fast water and numerous rapids. A large portion of the Salmon River flows though some of Idaho’s most pristine wilderness including the Frank Church Wilderness and Gospel Hump Wilderness. The Frank Church Wilderness is the largest wilderness designated area in the lower 48. The Salmon River is the second deepest gorge in North America, the first is Hells Canyon. The Salmon River is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states creating the rare pristine white sandy beaches. Just a few miles downstream from Riggins the Salmon River converges with the Snake River.
Riggins offers many opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast including helicopter tours, boating (jet boating, rafting, paddle boarding), snowmobiling, skiing/snowboarding, fishing, hunting, horse back rides, hiking, UTV/ATV rides, biking, and swimming plus much more.
- Salmon River Helicopters provides helicopter tours of the Seven Devils, Hells Canyon, Salmon River Canyon – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area, and custom tours to fit your needs.
Jet Boat Tours
- Several local outfitters provide group or customized jet boat tours of the Salmon River or Snake River. If you are lucky enough to own your own jet boat the cabin is located just 2 miles downriver from the Spring Bar Boat ramp. There is plenty of beach front jet boat parking at the cabin.
- The cabin is located approximately an hour from McCall. Snowmobile enthusiasts travel near and far to shred the gnarly terrain that is McCall’s backcountry.
Skiing and Snowboarding
- A short 50 minute drive from the cabin is Brundage Mountain Ski Resort. Located high in the mountains of Central Idaho, it is best known for its powder-packed glades and luxuriously wide groomed runs. Blessed with over 320 base area inches of snowfall annually, Brundage has an undisputed reputation for the Best Snow in Idaho
- The favorite local steelhead fishing hole is just a few steps from your front door. The confluence of the Little Salmon and the Main Salmon Rivers is a popular fishing spot when the Chinook salmon are running in the spring. And bass fishing is excellent from April to September .
- Hunting enthusiasts can enjoy the close proximity to their favorite hunting spots with Unit 14 literally out your back door. Elk, deer, and bear are frequently seen less than a mile from the cabin.
- Several outfitters in Riggins offer full and half day rides.
- The possibilities are endless, just make sure to bring plenty of water! The task may be daunting hiking up 2,000+ feet to the top but we guarantee the view will be worth it! Loads of hiking trails are within minutes from the cabin. Just ask our staff to point you in the direction of a few of their favorite ones.
Rafting & Kayaking
- Riggins is known as the White Water Capital because of the amazing rapids ranging from Class III – V depending on the time of year and river flows.
ATV/UTV scenic rides
- Many people like to take a scenic drive up Allison Creek road to Idaho’s original mining town Florence, Idaho.
- There is a remote hot springs called Cable Car (French Creek) Hot Springs approximately 10 miles up the Main Salmon River from the Gus Creek Cabin. The trek to the hot springs is not for the faint of heart. You must first cross “The River of No Return” and then climb about 600 feet in elevation to reach the old mine shaft filled with hot water.
- A great day trip during the late spring/early fall and summer months is a scenic drive up French Creek Road to Burgdorf Hot Springs.
- The Salmon River Road is the perfect place to take a cruise on your bike or a casual stroll along the river.
- The cabin boasts private access to one of the Salmon Rivers pristine white sandy beaches just steps from your front door. Music Bar (as it is called) is one of the family’s favorite beaches!