General Information

Getting Here

Most guests choose to drive to the boat ramp at “Road’s End” at Vinegar Creek. From there, we pick you up for the 30 minute jetboat ride up the Salmon River to the ranch. Another option is to charter a small plane from Boise, McCall or Cascade. Both options are exciting and provide unique experiences. At Shepp Ranch, part of the vacation fun is getting here!


Shepp Ranch is located in central Idaho, 45 miles east of Riggins, where Crooked Creek flows into the Main Salmon, Idaho’s “River of No Return.” The Salmon River is designated a Wild and Scenic River. The canyon is a fifth of a mile deeper than the Grand Canyon and only Hells Canyon on the Snake River is deeper. Boise, Idaho, which is 150 miles south of Riggins, is the nearest major city and is served by major airlines, train, and bus.


Guests jetboating into the ranch should plan on staying in McCall or Riggins the night before their trip. Our standard jetboat pickup time is 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time at road’s end. Guests preferring to fly into the ranch should plan on leaving Boise by 10:00 a.m. during the summer months. Please let Lynn know if you would like help making travel or lodging arrangements.

Recommended lodging in Riggins (one hour drive to road’s end):

  • Best Western Salmon Rapids Lodge – (208) 628-2743
  • Riggins Motel – (208) 628-3001
  • Big Iron Motel – (208) 628-3005
    Also see Riggins, ID website

Recommended lodging in McCall (two hour drive to road’s end)

  • Hotel McCall – (208) 634-8105
  • Western Mountain Lodge – (208) 634-6300
    Also see In Idaho website


To learn more about this area, you might enjoy reading River of No Return by Johnny Carrey and Cort Conley. If you are driving through Idaho, try Idaho for the Curious. Both books are available from the ranch before or during your trip. The ranch has an extensive library for your reading pleasure with books on local history and several of the local characters.


Summer temperatures range from 70-100 degrees during the day and 55-70 degrees at night. During these months there is a possibility of thunderstorms. Spring and Fall temperatures range from 40-70 degrees during the day and 30-50 degrees at night.


Often a highlight of our guests’ stay, meals are served family style three times daily. Prime meats, ranch-grown fruits and vegetables and homemade breads and desserts from scratch are sure to please. We are experienced in satisfying special needs and requests so just let us know when you make your reservations and we will be sure to accommodate your preferences.


Shepp Ranch offers accommodations in six rustic, comfortable cabins with private baths. The cabins are situated to look out over the Salmon River and Crooked Creek. Each cabin has a wood burning stove or fireplace and a comfortable couch for curling up to read.


We welcome children and offer a discounted rate for children ages 6-12. There is plenty for children to see and do at Shepp Ranch. Mules, horses, pigs, cats, a milk cow, and our friendly dogs give them a chance to enjoy animal life. Lessons in archery, target shooting, fly casting horseback riding and historic river lore are reminiscent of camp life. Without the distraction of TV and electronics, they will find themselves spending the day exploring nature’s playground. Watching the stars come out while enjoying a bonfire on the beach and making s’mores is a fine way to end their day. The staff at Shepp Ranch is happy to share activities with children but Shepp Ranch does not provide childcare.

Deposit, Cancellations and Refunds

A deposit of 50% is required to hold your date. Balance is due 60 days prior to the trip. Payments are not refundable but may be applied toward another trip during the same season.

Insurance and Responsibility

We encourage the purchase of vacation trip insurance, which covers cancellation, personal property and personal injury. Although we spare no effort to provide a safe trip, an expedition of this kind is not without risk. Shepp Ranch Outfitters shall not assume responsibility for injury, loss of personal belongings or time and expense incurred. You will be asked to sign an assumption of risk form before beginning your activities at Shepp Ranch. If you would like to see a copy of this form before your arrival, we will provide you with one. Anyone traveling with a minor for whom they are not the responsible party will need to have a form signed by the designated guardian before arrival.

What to Bring

We provide everything except personal items and alcoholic beverages. A limited variety of soft drinks are available at the lodge. We recommend the following list as a guideline:

  • Loose fitting pants or jeans
  • Swimming suit and shorts (for hot tub, swimming and hot weather)
  • Parka and sweatshirt – even during the summer a light jacket will help keep you comfortable in the mornings and evenings
  • Rain gear – jacket and pants are preferred, but a good quality poncho will work!
  • Sneakers or light hikers and water/river shoes
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Sunscreen and chap stick
  • Flashlight (our generator does not run during the night)
  • Broad-brimmed hat with chin strap
  • Personal toiletries
  • Camera
  • Beer, wine, liquor
  • Fishing gear and license
  • Cash for gratuity