On a clear, sunny day in Central Idaho, muffled voices are heard in the distance, as jet boat engines roar through the chop of river rapids and pristine waters of the Main Salmon River. Happy shrieks and laughs, along with the splash of waves move closer to where we sit relaxing on the beach at Mackay Bar Ranch.

Two twin engine jet boats appear around the corner, filled with groups of people, sharing the fun and the exhilaration of a jet boat adventure,  laughing,  smiling and living the good life!

In plain clothes, these jet boat passengers appear to be ordinary people out enjoying a day in backcountry Idaho, riding the waves that ripple from shore to shore in the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness.  They are among an elite group of top performing corporate earners, winning a group adventure because of the virtues of their exceptional performance on the job, and the clever business prowess that has won the trust of customer accounts, big and small.

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In recent years, Mackay Bar Ranch has earned the prestige and honor of hosting a increasing number of corporate groups in one day or multi-day jet boat tours.

Treating top earners to meaningful encounters with nature and the great outdoors seems to mark a growing trend:

Explore Public Lands.

Make no mistake, this group adventure steps off the beaten path, but the path happens to be lined with white sandy beaches, well manicured grounds, a new covered pavilion, beautifully decorated cabins & rooms, a rustic lodge, and delightful chef prepared meals in the lodge at Mackay Bar.

Mackay Bar Ranch offers a chance for groups of curious professionals to see and experience the magical qualities of the Salmon River  and the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness.

Idaho backcountry jet boat tours offer the perfect combination of refreshing adventure and exhilarating activity,  rewarding participants with an outdoor experience of a lifetime.

Top earners drive their successful careers to heights, and make those sacrifices that really make a difference on the bottom line, for their employers.   Executives of these companies understand the personal sacrifices, the extra work hours and the natural magnetic charm that makes these winners the champions of their destiny.

One day or multi-day jet boat group river adventure with Mackay Bar Ranch is fast becoming a popular booking by group meeting planners out of Boise, Salt Lake City and other big city settings.


Mackay Bar Ranch Private Cabin Exterior - mackaybarranch.comMotivate and increase your Sales Team with a group adventure at Mackay Bar Ranch!

If you’re a corporate meeting planner or in charge of human resources events, your challenge is to arrange unique, fun adventures that are out of the ordinary for the program participants who meet or exceed the goals set.  You know that it’s important to choose incentives that are appropriately motivating to a wide range of interests.  Our  backcountry Idaho river trips offers exceptional adventure for your program winners to experience the magic of the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness, the Salmon River Canyon and to explore the rich history of the Salmon River and days gone by!


John R. Painter died about 1934 Prospector and Miner seeking his fortune.Mackay Bar Ranch offers a variety of one day or multi-day group adventures that will enchant and excite your winning team and motivate them to continue meeting the goals of your spiff program, year after year.  The quality and wide appeal of our unique brand of group adventures is second to none.  See Trip Advisor to review the quality of guest comments posted about Mackay Bar Ranch.

We can help meeting planners to craft a relaxing overnight stop in the mountain resort town of McCall, Idaho (if your group is traveling from the Boise area) with plans to continue the adventures north to Riggins, Idaho the following day.  Mackay Bar Ranch arranges a time for jet boat pickup of your group at Vinegar Creek near Riggins.

Once aboard, the combination of fresh air, wildlife sightings, splashing river rapids, and scenic landscapes along the shores of the Salmon River, rivals the most celebrated outdoor activities.  Along the way, our coast guard certified jet boat captains will share historical references of popular figures and landmarks along the Salmon River Canyon including Polly Bemis, Buckskin Billy, Painter Mine, and Campbells Ferry.

A hot lunch is served in our lodge with time to enjoy the stunning landscapes and maybe even a cool dip in the river.


Idaho Fall Steelhead season starts middle of October.

We fish hard right up until the end of November.
Fall Steelhead fishing is highly sought by groups seeking a multi-day outdoor adventure.  In the fall when we’re fishing the Salmon River for giant steelhead, the echo of Big Horn Sheep ramming their heads during the rut, is a fascinating experience our guests really get excited about.

The early season fall run will be the fairest weather fishing we have to offer. With the water still warm and the fish full of energy, the steelhead put up a great fight!   Book early to ensure your best dates are available.

Mackay Bar Ranch jet boat fishing adventures are excellent, fun-filled group events to plan and schedule for your top executives of winning spiff program participants.  Mackay Bar Ranch offers a family-friendly experience with chef prepared hot meals and comfortable, stylish accommodations each with private baths.

Biggest Fish of My Life!Mackay Bar Ranch offers a very exclusive destination for travelers seeking the extraordinary.

Entering the Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness area for most, is like entering the enchanted forest.   Multi-day fishing adventures in beautiful wilderness areas make treasured memories for all participants. .

Cell phones and internet are unavailable.   Guests tend to connect on a human level over our meal times, in front of a warm fire in the lodge, sitting out on the beach under the stars.   Sharing the days challenges and victories are some of the best moments had and build camaraderie that can strengthen the bonds of team performers.


One Day Wild & Scenic Jetboat Tour

$875 up to 5 people (single engine boat) – water flows permitting
$1300 for 6- 12 people (twin engine boat) – water flows permitting

(all tours include a hot lunch at Mackay Bar Lodge)

Prices displayed do not include 6% sales tax, 3% Federal Land Use Charge, Fish and Game licenses and tags or gratuities. Prices are subject to change.

Please contact us for a custom quote for groups of 12 or more, including overnight lodging and additional meals.

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