We know you’ve heard them. We’re here to debunk to top whitewater rafting myths:

1. Whitewater Rafting is only for adrenaline junkies

Maybe the super crazy whitewater is. This is not that. The whitewater rafting trips with Americas Rafting Co are a good mix of relaxing calm water and fun rapids. There’s so much more to these trips than just the whitewater rapids!

2. It will be continuous whitewater rapids

A man fishes on a beautiful day on a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip on the Snake River

False. Hells Canyon on the Snake River and the Lower Salmon River are both what are called drop pool rivers: calm stretches of water followed by a rapid, followed by more stretches of calm relaxing water. There is plenty of whitewater on the trips but also calm water great for fishing, swimming, and just soaking in the surroundings on the raft.

3. The food is all canned and processed

Chicken Bacon and Honey Mustard Sandwiches for lunch with fresh Idaho peaches during a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

This couldn’t be further from the truth with ARC. We pack from scratch cooking with the most locally sourced Idaho produce and meats that we can find. Here’s a example of what a day of eating looks like on a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip:


  • Banana bread french toast
  • Bacon
  • Eggs to order
  • Fresh cut melon
  • Yogurts and house-made granola
  • Juices, coffee, and teas


  • Grilled chicken caesar salad wraps
  • Kettle chips and Pringles
  • Mediterranean orzo salad with tomatoes, olives, feta, and a housemaid lemon vinaigrette
  • Local peaches
  • Freshly baked cookies


  • Baked brie with crackers and grapes


  • Grilled BBQ chicken
  • Coconut rice
  • Coleslaw with house-made sesame vinaigrette
  • Grilled pineapple, onion and peppers
  • Dutch oven baked cornbread


  • Strawberry shortcake

4. After the spring run-off the best rapids are gone