• Explore hilltops and mountaintops (hikes optional)

  • Float guided down the Salmon River (options of oarboat, paddleboat, or kayak) 5 days camping in the wilderness

  • Straddle a source of the Missouri and Columbia Rivers

  • Travel by ten rivers play in four

  • At the Great Divide accomplish what Jeffy could not in his “Head & the Heart Letter”

  • Prepare Charbonneau’s recipe Boudin Blanc on the river with “two dips, and a flirt”

  • Enjoy fine dining along the Clearwater River with music & optional dancing

  • Campfires, storytelling, laughter and stars

Books to Read


“There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.”

the Definitive Journals of Lewis & Clark published by the University of Nebraska and editied by Gary Moulton

the Definitive Journals of Lewis & Clark published by the University of Nebraska and editied by Gary Moulton


Odyssey’s selection of books to read to heighten your tour experience.

LEARN ABOUT - Lewis & Clark, and Native American history “on the trail” of your tour.
LEARN ABOUT - Famous pioneers who lived life in the Idaho backcountry, you will travel past “their homes” on your tour.

Stephen E. Ambrose. UNDAUNTED COURAGE Published in 1997 and 2003

Published in 1997 and 2003

James P. Ronda. LEWIS AND CLARK AMONG THE INDIANS Published in 1988

James P. Ronda. LEWIS AND CLARK AMONG THE INDIANS Published in 1988

Allen V. Pinkham and Steven R. Evans. LEWIS AND CLARK AMONG THE NEZ PERCE

Allen V. Pinkham and Steven R. Evans.

Dan Landeen, and Allen Pinkham.  SALMON AND HIS PEOPLE published 1999

Dan Landeen, and Allen Pinkham.
SALMON AND HIS PEOPLE published 1999

James R. Fazio. ACROSS THE SNOWY RANGES Published 2001 ISBN 0-9615031-4-9

James R. Fazio. ACROSS THE SNOWY RANGES Published 2001 ISBN 0-9615031-4-9

Published in 1992 written in the spring ans summer of 1975. ISBN 0-938530-56-9 and ISBN 0-938530-57-7

Published in 1992 written in the spring ans summer of 1975. ISBN 0-938530-56-9 and ISBN 0-938530-57-7


Amazon writes
, “Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson’s. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century.

This book was recognized as “the book” to read during the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial (2003-2006) selling over 200,000 copies in its first two weeks.

Cover art: E.S. Paxson (L&C at Three Forks, 1912 Published in 1997, and 2003
ISBN 0-684-82697-6 and ISBN 0-684-81107-3

Amazon writes
, “Particularly valuable for Ronda's inclusion of pertinent background information about the various tribes and for his ethnological analysis.
An appendix also places the Sacagawea myth in its proper perspective. Gracefully written, the book bridges the gap between academic and general audiences."-Choice James P. Ronda holds the H. G. Barnard Chair in Western History at the University of Tulsa. He is also the author of Finding the West: Explorations with Lewis and Clark and Astoria and Empire, available in a Bison Books edition.”

Published in 1988 ISBN 0-8032-3870-3 and
ISBN 0-8032-8929-4


Amazon writes,
“This extraordinary new look at Lewis and Clark among the Nez Perce represents a breakthrough in Lewis and Clark studies. Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce is the first richly detailed exploration of the relationship between Mr. Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery and a single tribe.

James Ronda’s groundbreaking Lewis and Clark Among the Indians (1984) reversed the lens for the first time, to look broadly at the Lewis and Clark expedition through the Native American point of view.

Nearly three decades later, Nez Perce historians Allen V. Pinkham and Steven Ross Evans have examined the journals of Lewis and Clark with painstaking care to tease out new insights from what Lewis and Clark wrote about their Nez Perce hosts. Pinkham and Evans evaluate both what Lewis and Clark understood and what they misunderstood in the Nez Perce (Nimiipuu) lifeway and political structure. More particularly they have re-examined the journals for clues about how the Nez Perce reacted to the bearded strangers. They have also gathered together and put into print for the first time the stands of a surprisingly rich Nez Perce oral tradition.

Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce is a generous and careful re-evaluation of what we all thought we knew about Lewis and Clark west of the Bitterroot Mountains. It is also a template for a series of tribal histories of the Lewis and Clark expedition that will be inspired by this book. Incidents we thought we knew backward and forward suddenly take on a new light when the historical lens is reversed.”

Published 2013 ISBN 13-978-0-9834059-8-6 and ISBN 13-978-0-9834059-9-3

Allen Pinkham writes, “
Sometimes I try to get people to compare plant and animal species with their own body parts. For instance, the buffalo could be a finger, the passenger pigeon another finger, the peregrine falcon another finger, the wrist could be a sockeye slamon. If you relate these body parts to these species how many would you celiminate before you would say, “Stop!” You can get along pretty well if you lose a finger, but if you keep doing that, when is it enough?” I learned this philosophy from my elders. Even Joseph himself said, “I am of the earth.” Well, if you consider yourself part of the earth, you won’t sacrifice those body parts.”

Dan Landen writes, “ I have included twenty-six traditional tribal stories - most of them Nez Perce - all related in some way to Native American culture, but with special emphasis on stories thematically linked to Nez perce history, geology, fish, and fishing. These early observers provide us with eyewitness accounts of the way things were in the Columbia River Basin before the arrival of the 19th and 20th century immigrants. Including elders, who can remember the days before the dams when eels, sturgeon, and salmon flourished in our rivers in relative abundance.”

Published in 1999 ISBN 1-881090-32-9 and ISBN 1-881090-33-7


The author’s goal is to provide a clear over view of the expedition in one, exciting geographical area (Idaho and western Montana) with a day by day summary of where they were and a highlight of what happened on each of those days. The maps are provided by Steve R. Russell, and the photos were taken by Mike Venso. The chosen areas covered during L&C’s westward trek are: Lemhi Pass to the Salmon River to Lost Trail Pass, to the Bitterroots, across the Lolo Trail, down to Canoe Camp to the confluence with the Snake River. East and homeward bound the chosen areas are: Long Camp in Kamiah Idaho, back across the Bitterroot Mountains along the Lolo Trail until they reach Traveler’s Rest in Montana.

The journal writings begin, Monday, August 12, 1805, and end September 23, 1806.
The author writes, “ they arrived to the cheers of their countrymen, two years, four months and ten days later. Far behind them were the snowy ranges, the steep, slippery trail to the buffalo, the treacherous waters of Hungery Creek and the green mountain meadows where horses can graze ten days after the snow melts. These are the last vestiges of wild country where the spirit of the expedition still lingers.


Jean Auel writes, “A city girl born in Detroit, Chana B. Cox never dreamed that attending Columbia University in New York would lead to living and having a family in the Idaho Primitive Area. This is the powerful story of Chana Cox’s eight years on the Salmon River with her husband, Rodney Cox, and his uncle, Sylvan Ambrose Hart -aka the Last of the Mountain Men. It is an account of a modern woman learning to cope withouot the conveniences of modern life, and without family or community, reminiscent of the pioneer who settled the west. It is told with wit and a spare uncluttered style. It was a life of hard work in a setting of unparalleled natural beauty, filled with drama and excitement and drudgery; building a house on a foundation torn from the rock of the mountain or simply traveling the road or the river. But ultimately the stark reality of living exacted too dear a price.”

In her writings of her life near a large river with a large mountain backyard, Chana gives light and great wit, struggles and great foe to: the road to the river, Sylvan, the joy of cooking, all creatures great and small, the folks who dropped in - Mark Houston Haney, the chickies, the Mallorys, hunger, neonatal nightmares, Polly Bemis, coming home with their son, the helping hands, the dudes, the Feds, and the flood.

Published in 2013 ISBN 9780989191005

Published in 2013 ISBN 9780989191005

Published in 1994 ISBN 0-9603566-5-7

Published in 1994 ISBN 0-9603566-5-7

Published in 2016 ISBN 978-0-9858830-2-7

Published in 2016
ISBN 978-0-9858830-2-7

Amazon writes,
“Many sought to carve an existence from the unforgiving wilds of Idaho's Salmon River Canyon, giving their lives in quest of sanctuary from the growing demands of industrial America. 
All failed until Joe Zaunmiller, a son of German immigrants, marshaled his pioneer skills to share the bounty of the wilderness with others. A restless hellcat from Texas, fleeing the law and an outlaw husband, barges into this Eden on the river to make it her own. Perched on the bleeding edge between civilization and the wild, Campbell's Ferry Ranch witnesses the battle over where America will stop development and preserve this vestige of paradise for generations to come. In the long and fascinating history of the Salmon River land on which Campbell's Ferry sits, men and women have been lured, coaxed and persuaded to claim it and tame it. One by one, these strong, wily and dedicated souls have fallen in love with it, then lost the battle, and sometimes their minds, trying to survive it.”

Cort Conley writes
, “I am persuaded by my reading and experience that Idaho has had more loners, for a longer time, than any other western state.

Loners stand at the tail-end of a lenghty tradition - people who owned their own sunrise and sunset. A fugitive memory. Their aspirations, with the exception of the last two chapters here, seem to echo those expressed by the Chinese hermit San-chuan: I have my place in the world. In winter, I wear skins. In summer, I wear hemp. In spring, I plow and plant and have enough to do. In fall, I harvest and gather and have enough to eat. When the sun rises, I get up. When it sets, I rest. I am free to do what I want in this world, and with this I am content.

Swap skins and hemp in 2200 BC for wool and cotton in 20th century Idaho, and not much would be changed in ambition or desideration. Today, however, there is a different breed of Westerner and a different and diminished kind of country. Nevertheless, as the reader will note, ever now and then the past seeps into the present.”

Amazon writes,
“Polly Bemis was a Chinese American pioneer in the rugged river country of North Central Idaho. Sold by her impoverished family in China and then later sold as a slave for $2,500 in San Francisco, Polly eventually found herself in the mining town of Warren, Idaho, then befriended and married to a saloon owner and fiddler. They created a long life together on the Salmon River.”

Polly’s life changed from having her feet bound as a child to living simply along the river. The Bemis’ were known for their garden and the animals they cared for, including horses and a cougar. One day their home burnt along the Salmon, soon after Charlie died. Neighbors Charlie Shepp and Peter Klinkhammer rebuilt Polly a new home while she was in town. While in town it is pleasing to hear Polly’s simple pure thoughts describe her first movie, her first streetcar ride, her first elevator ride, and her first experience with a phone. It would be pleasing to her to hear our new delights with her river.”

Published 1987 No ISBN number

Published 1987 No ISBN number

Published in the USA and Canad 1969 Library of Congress Card # 68-57081

Published in the USA and Canad 1969
Library of Congress Card # 68-57081

Donna Henderson writes
, “In the mid-1940’s Frances Zaunmiller Wisner started writing a column for theIdaho County Free Press. This book is a collection of her best columns. They reflect one woman’s unique perspective of a world many people never get to see. Writing with her feet propped on the oven door of her wood cooktove in the winter, or at her little desk by the window in the summer, Frances chronicled the changes that have take place on the “River of No Return.’ From the days of a real ferry at Campbell’s Ferr, to the present day popularity of whitewater rafting. Frances watche, and recorded, the transformation of a river. Frances outlived two husbands and spent her final years at Campbell’s ferry alone, except for her dog Gretchen. She lived simply, without electricity, in-door plumbing, or telephones.”

Frances ended each column she wrote with “The river still runs down hill” which became her signature phrase about her life in this remarkable place.

In 1969 the author writes
, “What made it worth telling was the discovery that at least one twentieth-century man is still really living a life that was the guiding aspiration of the visionary American eighteenth century. The importance of Hart is his existence as visisible, tangible proof that the Jeffersonian, Thoreauesue vision of total independence and self-sufficient freedom continues to be a practical and even luxurious) alternative.
As a young man, dismayed by the destruction of the final frontiers, Sylvan Hart recanted civilization and marched off into this Idaho fastness armed with a few staples, an ax, a rifle, and a masters degree in engineering. He fashioned his own clothes of deerskin. He constructed adobe covered buildings with hand hewn timbers. He mined copper, smelted it, reined it, and made utensils, even his own flintlock rifles. Perhaps one can read about Hart and feel optimistic that life might regerminate. If knowledge that Hart’s way of life is still a viable alternative, the reader feels a requickening of purpose and optimism then the book will itself serve a purpose.”

An informative, well- researched guide of Idaho’s backcountry airstrips. Included are beautiful photos, detailed information for flying, camping and vacationing, and humorous as well as serious historical stories to each airstip. The authors opinions on the conditions for hunting and fishing (published in 1998) at each location are noted as well as telephone numbers to call for current airport condtions, where to obtain maps and other pertinent information.

The author writes, The procedures for each airport are advisory in nature and represent recommendations from experienced pilots, but do not substitute forsound judgment necessary for safety. The author and publisher are not providing a navigational information update service.”

Private airstrips are not included in this booklet.

Published in 1998
ISBN 1-884915-04-3

Join the fun: step into beautiful landscapes, hear about the history, as you peer into the distance, of not so long ago.