Welcome to my little hobby, or should I say passion...
The idea for a rafting trip campsite website was born after a regrettable campsite selection meeting prior to our first launch on the Main Salmon. At the meeting, our little group ended up with a first-night reservation for Alder Creek camp. After the drawing, a commercial guide asked if we would let them have that site, and suggested that Fawn Creek, a short distance further would be a real nice alternative for a group our size. I tried to be Mr. Nice Guy and since I had no idea what any of these campsites looked like, I said yes.
We launched late, and as we drifted past Alder Creek, the commercial group was swimming and playing games on that great beach, and it all looked simply idyllic. Cute little Fawn Creek is not a reservation site, and of course we missed out to another group who arrived only minutes before we got there. So we continued on, and on, and on, in the slow July current. Very late in the day we finally crammed our entire party onto the tiny beach at Overhang (aka Grotto), having almost doubled our intended first day mileage. And of course that set us up for a whopping 3 miles the next day to our reserved site at Blackadar. Photos from left - Alder, Fawn, and that night at Grotto:
The combination of what we gave up and what we got in return put a damper on those first couple days. So I dreamed up this website later in the trip. Over the next few years I looked around for the behind-the-scenes software that could make it manageable and prevent me from having to create all the campsite web pages by hand. I launched Whitewater Campsites in November 2004, and the rest is history. It continues to be a popular rafting community resource and I'll do my best to keep it that way.
The coverage of some of the rivers could be improved and with any luck I’ll get there to take photos myself. But I certainly continue to welcome any river scenery and campsite photos you care to send my way. You can email them to me at 'will at this domain'.
Enjoy, and SYOTR (‘see you on the river’),
PS – I have since camped at both Alder and Fawn with particular satisfaction, and photographed them for the website.
About Will and Carla
Life is best lived with a passion or several. Alpine skiing was my first passion, and to this day I'm deeply involved by way of my ownership of Cantology LLC, producing ski boot cants for the top ski shops and custom boot fitters around the world. I discovered rafting in my early 40's, relatively late in life. But it came at a time when our kids were old enough to come along on our river adventures, and we are a better family for it. Initially, my fishing buddy, Kelly Egan, and I bought rafts to help us get deeper into remote Idaho fishing streams. Then he won a Middle Fork permit. So our first significant overnight trip was down the Middle Fork of the Salmon with both our families. For the record, my other passions are fly fishing, photography, screwing around with this website, it's more general sister website Rafting the West and the most important, being a good parent.
I've spent my career in software development, mostly in the Seattle area writing commercial ERP business software and doing contract work at Microsoft and Boeing. My wife Carla managed departments of a large retailer, then stayed home to raise the kids, then went back to work and eventually closed out her career as a buyer for a manufacturing company. We've raised 3 great kids and now have 5 grand kids. At our age comes the benefit of more time and more resources, so much of our rafting focus has turned to the Grand Canyon with the occasional Idaho trip. We have an 18ft 'Seahawk green' Maravia Maestro and a 41ft Beaver Contessa diesel pusher and intend to do our best to put big miles on both before we put away our gear for the last time. If you run across us downstream, be sure to say 'hi'. It's aways a thrill to hear from folks who use and enjoy this website.