Riggins, which is now named after John Riggins, the area's first mailman, is proud of it's history which has included ranching, mining, lumber, and activities tied to the river. The now friendly town of Riggins was once known as "Gouge Eye" after a vicious saloon fight in which the obvious happened between a couple of rough and tumble citizens who came here in search of gold in the 1850's.
Riggins lies between the two deepest gorges in North America and rides the banks of the Little Salmon River and the famous Salmon River, the longest free-flowing river within the lower 48 states. Adventures east take you up the Salmon River to the "River of No Return" Wilderness, a name that the Indians used to warn Lewis and Clark; and also captured the spirit of Captain Guleke's adventures in his one-way scow trips.Turn west and adventures take you to the Snake River and Hells Canyon. This spectacular setting makes an ideal home base to explore areas of recreation, history, and scenic beauty.