Middle Fork Rafting

In the early season, when the river is high, we begin our trip with a two hour bus drive from Stanley to Boundary Creek, the end of a dirt road and the beginning of the wilderness. Boundary Creek is 5700 feet in elevation and the river is really a fast creek. For most of the season we fly from Stanley into Indian Creek, 25 miles downstream. The spectacular 30 minute flight into the Forest Service airstrip is ample compensation for the section of river that we miss, and the remaining 75 miles give us everything the Middle Fork is known for.

Stanley, Idaho

Stanley, Idaho

The Middle Fork can be viewed as three distinct rivers in three distinct canyons. When we begin, the river is small and fast. The canyon is intimate, and we float past dense groves of lodgepole pine and Douglas Fir.

We cover fewer river miles the first couple of days, but we stop at some wonderful hot springs and arrive in camp tired but with a satisfying sense of a good day's travel. The nights are cool, and we are drawn to the campfire for warmth as well as light and good company. We set a routine of breakfast around 8:00 AM, followed by packing up, loading the rafts and hitting the river around 10:00 AM. We float for about three hours, then take an hour or so break for lunch. We float for another few hours before stopping to camp for the night.

"If I had to choose one river to run, once a year for the rest of my life, the choice would be easy. I would choose the Middle Fork."
- Jeff Rennicke, river guide and writer

In the second section the canyon opens up. The nights are warmer, the vistas broader, and the campsites larger. Walking is easier, and a short hike uphill always reveals views of the river and camp worth several photographs.

Camping along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Camping along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

What is Included in the Trip Cost?

  • Transportation from Stanley to the river
  • At times, we are required to fly into the river and this expense is also included
  • Transportation from the river to Salmon, ID
  • Five or six days of rafting
  • Experienced guides
  • All on-river meals, prepared by the guides
  • Eating utensils, cup, and plate
  • Camp chairs
  • Waterproof bag for your personal gear
  • Tents, freshly laundered sleeping bags, and pads (by request)

What Am I Responsible For?

  • Personal gear - a detailed list of suggested items will be sent prior to your trip as part of our Trip Details.
  • Transportation to and from the area - information is included as part of our Trip Details.
  • Additional beverages beyond what we provide
  • Meals and lodging before and after your trip - a list of places to stay is included in our Trip Details.
  • Guide Gratuities
  • An open mind for adventure and enjoyment!