Middle Fork of the Salmon River Rafting
Middle Fork of the Salmon River is a spectacular journey through
the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. Most trips
are six days, which is the perfect amount of time to forget about
the outside world and take in this amazing canyon. The Middle Fork
is well known among river runners for its great rapids, jaw-dropping
scenery, and wonderful hot springs.
Early season trips in May and June are able to run
the Middle Fork 100 miles from Boundary Creek to Cache Bar due
to the higher water. As the water drops, most groups will fly into
Indian Creek and run the lower 75 miles of the river. The weather
is typically good, but there is always a chance of rain and cool
weather which makes a trip exciting. The best part of a trip on
the Middle Fork of the Salmon is the great camps and good food with
If you are a private boater, you will need a Middle
Fork of the Salmon River permit in order to run the river.
Permits are difficult to obtain so many private boaters join commercial
trips to see this spectacular river.
Trip Itinerary (six day trip)
Meet the guides in the morning and paddle through technical rapids
including the famous "Velvet Falls." Late in the rafting
season we may start our trip by flying into Indian Creek 25 miles
downstream of Boundary Creek due to low water.
2 to 5:
through the magical canyons of the Middle Salmon. We will stop for
hot springs, side hikes, and lunch.
The night before our last day always seems too sad as we are about
to say goodbye to new (and now old) friends. Our sadness will carry
us through some great rapids as we journey through one of the most
beautiful places on earth. We will end our trip by joining the famous
Main Salmon River, the 'River of no Return.'
speaking guides speaking the 'River Guide' dialect
meals on the river
Air and car shuttles are not included in the cost of the trip.
There are several wonderful lodge options on the Middle Fork
of the Salmon available for charter trips at an increased price.
Please call us for details.
4 - 6 days
75 - 100 miles
Class III - IV
Late May to September
Boundary Creek or Indian Creek
Corn Creek on the Main Salmon