Middle Fork of the Salmon
5 or 6 Day All-Inclusive Rafting Trip
Season: June - September
Location: Meet in Stanley, ID
Group Size: 23 Guests + River Guides
Price: $1595 - $2195
Includes: Professional guide services; all meals, snacks and beverages; camping and rafting gear; transport to and from the river
We ♥ Kayakers
If you're a hardshell or inflatable kayaker we'd love to have you join us. You can kayak along any trip or join our friends Phil and Mary DeRiemer who offer kayak guiding and instruction.
We have a fleet of modern creekboats and playboats to choose from. Just bring your paddle, skirt, PFD, and helmet.
The Middle Fork begins as a small, quick stream close to 6000 feet above sea level and increases more than five-fold in volume over its 100 mile course. The upper river flows through a tight canyon covered with Douglas fir and lodgepole pine. As your journey continues, the canyon opens and features ponderosa pine, sagebrush and mountain mahogany, which are more typical of the high desert.
The Impassable Canyon
The last two days, you'll float on through the impressive Impassable Canyon, with almost vertical rock walls. You see the Middle Fork at its full strength here. The rapids are bigger and closer together. As the trip nears an end, you enter the Main Salmon and encounter Cramer, which is a relatively new rapid caused by a landslide in 2003. It provides the perfect end to the trip just above take-out at Cache Bar.
Trips on the Middle Fork vary greatly throughout the season as no dams regulate the flow. Early June is when the river is at peak flow, so you can run the full 100 miles in a quicker trip. Kayakers enjoy the river from June through early July. Families prefer July and August trips, when the weather is warmer and the flow is suitable for children. In late July or early August, the first 25 miles of the Middle Fork get too low to raft. At this point, which varies year to year, you will fly into an airstrip along the river and enjoy the last 75 miles of the river at a leisurely pace. Our office staff is happy to help you choose the best time to experience this incredible river.