Big Water Blowout River Festival (June 6, Riggins, Idaho)

This is an action packed day of rafting and other activities suitable for thrill seekers and families. Hit the Salmon River’s famed whitewater with experienced guides offering discounted raft trips all day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paddle huge boat munching waves with names like The Pencil Sharpener, The Pancake Wave, The Big Easy and The Haystack. Enjoy the pleasant weather and magnificent scenery and wildlife of the Riggins area and the second deepest gorge in North America. Get your thrill seeking in all day on the river and watch the boats, catarafts, kayaks, and drift boats ride the waves.

If you’re not up for challenging the whitewater yourself, there’s excellent rapid viewing from the road in several locations, beautiful beaches, nearby hiking trails (like the Rapid River and Wind River Trails) and there’s a Dutch oven cook-off at Riggins City Park. Arrive at the city park in time to enter your specialty in the famous Dutch Oven Cook-off contest. Cooking begins at 5 p.m. and dishes are ready for the judges at 7. Spectacular prizes to be won for all. Be sure to show up for your opportunity to get a plate and taste the savory dishes yourself for only $5. Listen to live music entertainment at the park featuring Old Death Whisper. Dance into the evening and soak in the first day of summer. Enjoy the good food, cold beers from the Beer Eddy, and friendly river folks.

More info: For additional information on the event, current weather forecasts, awesome river and event photos and water flows visit:

Getting There: Riggins is centrally and conveniently located just two hours south of Lewiston, Idaho and (four hours south of Spokane) on US Highway 95. //


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