The River Dance Lodge is one of the Northwest’s premier destinations. It was opened in 2002 in Kooskia, Idaho and offers guests all-inclusive lodging and dining, as well as optional outdoor adventures. The lodge and resort are just a few miles from the historic Lewis and Clark trail. It is open from the late fall through the early spring on an annual basis.

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Guest who stay at the resort have their choice of a variety of different overnight accommodations.

For guests who want to stay in a traditional setting, the ranch has both small and large cabins.

The small cabins can fit up to four people with two sleeping areas - a bedroom that includes a queen size bed and a loft upstairs with two twin size beds (that will make a king size bed if pushed together). The large cabins can fit anywhere from six to eight people with three sleeping areas - two queen size bedrooms share the bathroom, and an upstairs loft with a single and a queen size bed that has a half bath. There is also a futon in the living room that can fit two additional people if needed. The main floor of the small cabin also has a full bathroom and a living room with a gas fireplace. Each cabin also has a private deck and hot tub. The cabins also have a small kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, and toaster; a charcoal grill is also included on the deck.

Guests who prefer to be more outdoors without having to leave behind any of the essentials can stay at one of the glamping sites. Each site has a king size bed, a small table, a wood stove, and chairs. The back of the site has a large back porch with clawfoot tub. Guests will share a toilet (self-composting) in the bathroom facilities located a short walk away.

For guests who prefer the full camping experience, the ranch has plenty of options for those as well. There is a full campground, complete with shower house, on the property. Guests must bring their own tents with them, and firewood is available for purchase on-site.

There are also a small number of sites available for RVs to park, but they do not include any hook-ups for sewer or water. Electricity can be used only for lights.

One of the large cabins as well as one of the small cabins are considered pet-friendly.


Amenities in the bathroom of the cabins include slate floors, quality fixtures, and tiled bath enclosures.

All beds are fitted with comfortable mattresses, high-quality linens, and hypoallergenic pillows.

Guests who stay at River Dance should be aware that none of the lodgings has air conditioning and should plan and dress accordingly. There are also no telephones, televisions, or internet access. However, the cafe does offer limited access as well as a public phone.


There is a cafe located on the property, although it is only open seasonally.

Syringa Cafe serves a unique menu of Northwest-inspired cuisine options.

Breakfast is served in the morning for an hour and a half and offers a continental breakfast buffet. However, if activities are scheduled earlier than the average breakfast time, guests can reserve an early breakfast with 24 hours notice.

Lunch lasts for about four hours and features a menu full of staples like soup, salad, pasta, and protein options for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Lunch is provided for all guests for their daily activities and can be made as a box lunch.

Dinner is served for two hours and features more significant portions of many of the same options available for lunch. In addition, dinner is served with optional wine and beer. Dinner varies slightly in that it is three course, with an appetizer, main dish, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages (coffee, tea, or soda).

The cafe is best known for its huckleberry pie, made fresh every day they are open.

Outdoor Activities

The most significant draw for guests is the variety of all-inclusive outdoor activities that the resort offers.

Guests can enjoy whitewater rafting down the Clearwater River, Lochsa River, or Selway River with a trained and experienced guide. Each river is best for a different level of rafting, with the Lochsa by far the most challenging with its class IV+ rapids. Calmer river float trips are also available on request.

Another guest favorite is kayaking. There are opportunities for kayakers of all skill levels - beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Guests who fall into the less experienced category will be traveling on inflatable kayaks known to be easier to operate, while advanced kayakers can bring their own gear and go out unaccompanied if they wish.

Mountain biking is another option for guests at River Dance. There are over a million miles of protected land outside their front doors, and a trailhead to some of the more structured trails exists just a short drive from the resort. Guests can also choose to take a guided tour, where knowledgeable local guides will tell guests all about nature and history that they will see during their mountain biking.

Fly fishing is a relaxing favorite of guests at the lodge. Fly fishing trips are offered at both the Selway and the Clearwater Rivers. Some of the fish frequently caught include wild cutthroat and rainbow trout, and the lodge provides a money back guarantee that guests will learn something new during their trip.

For guests who want to head out on their own two feet, there are literally hundreds of different hiking adventures to be had. Guests can do a guided tour or head out by themselves, and lodge staff can provide staff with interactive maps and information. The team has also compiled a list of some of the favorite hikes, including O’Hara Creek, Pete King Creek, and the Lochsa River Historic Trail. Transportation is available to some of the trails located further away.

Bag lunches can be prepared in advance by the Syringa Cafe with 24 hours notice.

7743 Highway 12, Kooskia, ID 83539, Phone: 866-769-8747