SEASONAL: FEBRUARY – SEPTEMBER

Load up into our Mackay Bar Jet Boats and arrive at the Ranch! Once at Mackay Bar – let the adventure begin!

Together, we coordinate, plan and craft your group’s exclusive stay with fresh cooked meals in our main lodge, and fun activities that can includes fishing, swimming, hikes, wildlife sightings, relaxing yard games and historical jet boat tours.

This package is perfect for family reunions, friend getaways, corporate trips, and event center venues! Spend quiet time with friends and family on the beach, soaking in some warm sunshine and swimming.   Spoil yourself with a good book and a nap before dinner.

At nightfall,  starry skies and the soft lull of the river flowing by, offer the perfect backdrop for the warm, cozy camp fire, roasted marshmallows, your favorite beverages and the tales that are shared among you.

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Whats included in this package:

  • Jet boat transportation from Vinegar Creek Boat Ramp to Mackay Bar Ranch is included (if you have your own jet boat, please inquire with us for different rates)
  • Lodging and meals included
  • All activities are included (jet boat rides, fishing)
  • Accommodations include 3 cabins, 4 private rooms, 2 deluxe wall tents, and a two bedroom river suite – enough to host 23-34 guests depending on time of year and your group makeup

Sample Itinerary for a three night stay

12 PM : Pickup at Vinegar Creek Boat Ramp (26 miles East of Riggins, ID). Get ready for an exhilarating and adventurous ride to Mackay Bar Ranch via one of our Mackay Bar Ranch’s Coast Guard Certified Jet Boats.
2 PM : Once you have been settled into your lodging accommodations, we will reload the jet boats and head out for some afternoon fishing and beach relaxation time!
6 PM : Your will meet back at Mackay Bar’s riverfront Lodge for dinner and drinks.
8 PM : Meet on the beach for bonfire and smores!  

9 AM : Breakfast back at Mackay Bar Lodge . . . rehash fish stories and tales along the trail!
11 AM : Jet Boat and white water adventure! Load the boats and head another 26 miles upriver for a full day jet boat tour. We will stop along the way for a sack lunch, ice cream at Buckskin Bills Museum, historical reminiscing at Painter Mine over days gone by, take a quick hike up to Campbell’s Ferry and numerous more sites that provide conversation and great memories!
6 PM : You will meet back at Mackay Bar’s riverfront Lodge for dinner and drinks. 
8 PM : Meet on the beach for bonfire and smores!

9 AM : Breakfast at Mackay Bar Lodge
10 AM: Pack your hiking shoes, grab a fishing pole, cameras and sunscreen! Your guides will take you on a hike up the South Fork of the Salmon or one of the many Salmon River hiking trails to sites you don’t get to see along the river corridor! Clear creeks, blue skys, rocky outcroppings, and wildlife sightings make today an unforgettable family get together!
4 PM: Relax on the beach, in the hammock or your private accommodations for some down time. 
6 PM: Dinner at Mackay Bar Lodge – enjoy conversation, memories, laughs and drinks with the ones you love! 

9 AM : Breakfast at Mackay Bar Lodge
10 AM : Load the boats and head downriver for the 26 miles journey back to Vinegar Creek Boat Ramp (arriving at noon!)

Fun for all ages!
Swimming
Campfires
Swimming
Fishing with the kids
Jet Boat Tours
Wildlife Sightings
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Plan Your Trip: 

Guests meet at Vinegar Creek Boat Ramp (26 miles East of Riggins, Idaho) to be picked up by our Mackay Bar Jet Boats! For guests flying commercially, you will fly into Boise, ID’s airport (BOI). When coming and going from Mackay Bar Ranch, most guests choose to overnight in either McCall, ID (2 hour drive from Boise) or Riggins, ID (3 hour drive from Boise). Mackay Bar Ranch can help you build your Idaho Family Summer Vacation! Stay at Mackay Bar Ranch and then take in more exciting adventures in Central Idaho pre or post to your Salmon River trip: 1) Take a thrilling one day jet boat tour in Hells Canyon (the deepest gorge in North America). 2) Visit McCall, Idaho and enjoy their many lakes, shopping, spas, hot springs, and forest trails. 3) Take a one day white water rafting trip  – fun for the whole family! 4) Rent an ATV and have an exciting day of action packed adventure in Idaho’s Payette or Nezperce National Forests trail systems. 

Accommodations

Guest Cabins

Mackay Bar Ranch hosts three private guest cabins: Bear, Bugle and Elkhorn cabin all sleep 2-5 guests each. Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower. One queen bed and one single are on the main floor along with two single beds in the loft.

Guest Rooms

Mackay Bar has four private guest rooms: Flossie Lake, Sheepeater Lake, Cutthroat Lake, and Fish Lake rooms, all sleep 2 guests each and have their own private bathroom with shower. Three rooms have two twin beds each and one room has a queen bed. These rooms are conveniently located next to the lodge on the lower level of the Cougar Den.

River Suite

Mackay Bar’s newest addition to their collection of guest accommodations is the newly renovated Cougar Den River Suite. This suite sleeps 2-6 guests and is perched above the rest of the ranch, with a birds eye view of the river and grounds. The Cougar Den has two bedrooms  – each with one queen and one single bed. A sitting area, front porch and full bathroom makes the Cougar Den River Suite the place to hang!

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Deluxe Wall Tents

Sitting at the Rivers edge, two seasonal deluxe wall tents offer glamping accommodations unparalleled to any other on the river. The Steelhead Suite sleeps 2 with one queen bed. The Wolf Den sleeps 3 with one queen and one single bed. Guests can utilize the outhouse nearby. Outdoor showers and indoor lodge bathrooms can also accommodate those staying in the wall tents.

Frequently Asked Questions


For Groups at Mackay Bar Ranch:

Due to limited satellite internet in Idaho’s backcountry, internet can be added to your reservations in advance, at an additional price. A WiFi phone is available for brief phone calls, by request (at no additional cost).

We often have beach bonfires, however, if the weather conditions are dry and hot, fire restrictions may not allow us to have a beach bonfire as it would not be safe.

Additional costs would include staff gratuities and alcohol or any specialty drinks. A limited selection of wine is available for purchase at the ranch. Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks.  

Mackay Bar highly recommends lifeflight if traveling anywhere remote. In case of emergencies, the Ranch office does have spot emergency devices and internet capabilities to immediately call out and request life flight. For less serious injuries, an emergency boat ride can be made.

All meals at Mackay Bar are planned well in advance for each group. At the time of booking, please make us aware of any special requests you may have and we will discuss your options at that time.  

24/7 power is supplied by a hydro system. Supplemental power is provided by generators when needed (so items such as blow dryers and curling irons can only be ran when the generator is going).  All rooms have indoor plumbing. Fishing poles, beach chairs, and yard games are available to guests.   

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