After a successful parking lot purchase of our new raft, we headed to Minam. The raft worked a treat and is ideal for what we're looking for!
We used the Minam Store's Shuttle service to take the car to Heller Bar, thoroughly recommended - they even delivered the car a day early after an email from Boggans Oasis. We did Minam -> Heller Bar in 5 days and 4 nights, which seems like a nice amount of time to do it in. The flow I believe was around 2.3K. The camping was excellent, especially good in the upper half of the river, in the forested sections. All the rapids seemed good to go, Martin's Misery soon became our misery as our leash-less oar floated away.. spare oar to the rescue before gathering oar #1 back at the end of the rapid. The other rapids of note were the 2 rapids in the narrows. We did scout them, but there really isn't anything to them at the level we had - big waves and straight down the middle, decent sized eddies afterwards. The bridge rapid shortly after also was of a good size.
As for wildlife, we saw lots of jumping fish, garden snakes x3, many geese and their ducklings, and an eagle or two. No creatures any bigger than this though and no bears or rattlers - which we were happy about! It is well worth stopping at Boggans Oasis (It's at the bridge) and grabbing shakes/ice/wifi if you need. The store at minam is well stocked with things you may need too, we didn't stop in Troy.
An enjoyable first trip on our own, the drive out from Heller Bar and all the Sandy Beaches reminded me of the good sized rapids on the Lower Salmon and the perfect Sand-Beach camping.. This is on the to-do list again soon!