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Idaho's Salmon River

"Congratulations! Idaho's Salmon River was awarded honorable mention in the 2005
National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) for the Outdoor Adventure Guidebook Category.
You should be very proud. You were up against the likes of the Mountaineers, National
Geographic, Falcon, Globe Pequot and assorted New York publishers.


                                               - Ron Watters, Chairman, National Outdoor Book Awards

Updated 2nd Edition (June 2014) 

River guides call Eric's book the 'Salmon River bible.' We've run over 150 trips down the Salmon River over the past twenty-five years both as guides and privately. Whether you are an experienced do-it-yourself boater, booking a commercial trip, or just plain curious to know the secrets of the canyon Lewis and Clark turned their backs on, you'll find this book indispensable. These pages contain all you need to plan, carry-out, and make the most the most of your journey down the Main Salmon River, from obtaining a permit to emptying your groover. New aerial photo-based maps, mile by mile descriptions, packing and check lists, rapid diagrams, trail information, geology, good humor, and updated history make this guide a must have for every boat. More than 100 color photographs! Honorable Mention, National Outdoor Book Awards, 2005.

Ordering Information 

2014 Updated 2nd Edition books have minor updates throughout including revised information on Alder Creek and Black Creek Rapids. This book was literally written on the river and is proudly printed locally, within biking distance of home.

Idaho's Salmon River:
A River Runner's Guide to the River of No Return
By Eric J. Newell
$26.99 (plus $3.95 shipping)



"I wanted to take a moment to thank you profusely for the excellent guide you put together for the Main Salmon. In so many ways your book made our trip. While you weren't there with us to enjoy the big waves and beautiful scenery, your commentary on the places we stopped to visit, the maps we used to get there and the descriptions and sketches of the rapids you provided us with sure made it feel like we had a 7th companion on our 16 foot paddle boat. The book got beat to all heck thanks to sitting in the rain, getting thrown back into our thwart bag after re-checking a rapid sketch one last time, and generally getting used constantly for the six days we were on the river. Somehow, it still held up and now occupies a very happy spot on my book shelf. Our crew has run a few rivers now and I can say with a lot of enthusiasm and absolute honesty that you went above and beyond with this guide book." 
                                                             -Brian (Breckenridge, Colorado July 2011)