Idaho – Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon is World Famous Whitewater

Premium TripThis is a spectacular 100-mile wilderness whitewater float trip if you float the entire length Middle Fork of the Salmon River, arguably the crown jewel of the rafting world.

Middle Fork trips appeal to almost every group of vacationers. With plenty to do on these floats, it is a great family vacation. Guests of all ages have a wonderful time. You can participate in maneuvering the boats through the whitewater, focus on the excellent fishing, or just relax and take in the majestic scenery.

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The Middle Fork of the Salmon is located in the largest wilderness in the lower 48 States. Get ready for the vacation of a lifetime.”

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This is a wilderness vacation, but don’t let that fool you. All of the amenities will be provided to make your float very comfortable.

National Geographic Wrote an Article on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

National Geographic Wrote an Article on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Why the Middle Fork of the Salmon River?
  • - Easy to plan whitewater vacation
  • - A float the whole family will enjoy
  • - Quality time with family and friends
  • - Exhilarating whitewater adventure
  • - Only a few groups launching each day
  • - Reserved, private campsites for every party
  • - Comfortable camping. This isn’t roughing it.
  • - Famous fly fishing
  • - Spectacular hiking trails
  • - Lifetime memories

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Bring Your Kids!
Children 4 years old and up are welcome, but the outfitter may make adjustments to this age limit depending on the water levels to ensure your child’s safety.

Flyfish the middle fork
The Fishing is Spectacular!
Cast to wild, uneducated cutthroat trout to your hearts content. The fishing doesn’t get much better than this.

Best time to do this float
Float trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River May through September, but depending on what type of float you want the best time differs. If you’re a thrill seeker and want big water, you should go prior to mid-June. The fishing is outstanding all season, but it is best after the flows recede in mid-June.

Don’t worry about crowds. The Forest Service allows only 24 guests per launch on the Middle Fork, to keep the river uncrowded. There are reserved, private campsites for every party.

Middle Fork of the Salmon Map
Available Dates on these Middle Fork of the Salmon River floats
Only 24 guests can be taken at any one trip.

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  • - June 5-9 | 5 day trip
  • - June 14-18 | 5 day trip
  • - June 23-27 | 5 day trip
  • - July 17-22 | 6 day trip
  • - July 25-30 | 6 day trip
  • - August 2-7 | 6 day trip
  • - August 10-15 | 6 day trip
  • - August 18-22 | 6 day trip *has been a 5-day trip the last couple of years
  • - August 26-30 | 5 day trip

During the summer, weather on the Middle Fork of the Salmon is typically warm (80’s to 90’s) during the day, and comfortable at night. However, this is a mountain river at high elevation and inclement weather can occur at any time.

Travel, Food, and Lodging information for this float trip

Drive to Stanley Idaho
How do I get to Idaho?
The Boise Airport is the most convenient major air terminal if you plant to fly to Idaho. Car rentals, backcountry flights adn shuttle services are easily accessible from Boise. If you plan to drive to Idaho, these float trips begin and end in Stanley, Idaho, an hour north of Sun Valley.

Directions from the Boise Airport to to Stanley, Idaho
Take Interstate 84 from the airport East approximately 5 miles. Take Highway 21 north to Stanley. This will take approximately 1 1/2 hours and is a beautiful drive.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon is not so much a river as an exuberant expression of water at play. It tumbles and turns and trips over itself for a hundred miles through the largest unbroken wilderness in the lower 48, the 2.3-million-acre Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness.

No dams temper its flow. No roads line its banks. It dances down its canyon much as it has since the glaciers receded 10,000 years ago—in spring as a raging, tree-felling torrent, in late summer as a spare, crystalline rivulet.” ~Joel K. Bourne, Jr. | National Geographic, Nov. 2011

Food, and Accommodations
Stanley IdahoYou will need a room in Stanley, Idaho for the night before the trip begins. We have a recommended lodge that offers an in-house restaurant and saloon; natural hot springs; week long parking for your personal or rented vehicle; storage for your luggage; and airstrip shuttle. *not included in the price of the trip.

During the float, you will camp on sandbars along the river. Nice tents and gear are provided by the outfitter (see gear list). Meals will be amazing. You will want for nothing, and will feel spoiled. It is incredible how comfortable this float trip is.
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Reviews from clients who have done this float

Warnke Summer VacationThis was the best family trip we have ever been on....BAR NONE. The boys said it was better than Lego Land (and for them that was saying something). This trip will change you and your family. Sounds corny but it's true.

Co-Owner, Outdoors International

Sue Warnke fly fishing on the middle fork
I am dreaming of our next trip on the Middle Fork! What an adventure it was for the whole family! Thank you Steve and Outdoors International for making the trip fun for all of us!

Russ Meyer Kayaking the Middle ForkI had to share some info for an adventure of a lifetime. Carole, I and our boys had an amazing time. The remote river, rapids, fishing, swimming, bridge jumping, challenges, evening games, new friends, amazing food, outstanding guides/service, stress free family time and mountain therapy...Simply put, you gotta do this float......Family, Friends, Corporate Group,

Boise, Idaho

Russ and Carole Meyer
My family and I had the most incredible time! It was exciting, spiritual, entertaining...a total blast! We met wonderful people from all over the US, had fantastic river guides, enjoyed delicious food, and made beautiful memories as a family!!! One of our best vacations, EVER! We went down about 100 miles of the Salmon River through the Frank Church Wilderness. Unreal scenery, animals I've never seen in the wild, fun challenges, and pure beauty everywhere! If you want to start planning your summer vacation for next year (for family, friends, or corporate), please let me know.

Boise, Idaho

Gear List for Floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon River:

You can purchase your gear at our store.
*Members receive a discount [learn more…]

Gear list coming soon….

The Outfitter will provide:

  • - Orientation, 8:00PM evening before the trip begins
  • - Experienced guides and guidance
  • - 1 large dry-bag for your personal gear (space is limited, but if you bring everything on the gear list, there will be room)
  • - 1 small dry container for camera and other small items
  • - Sleeping bag with a 40-80 degree rating, and a good quality sleeping pad
  • - Life jacket
  • - Oar rafts, paddle raft, 1-man inflatable kayaks
  • - Chairs, tables, tents
  • - Kitchen equipment and utensils
  • - Water purification system
  • - Abundance of GOOD food
  • - Plenty of non-alcoholic beverages (pop, juice, etc.)
  • - They do all of the: Camp chores; set up/tear down; cooking; dish washing; and raft navigation
  • - Transportation to Boundary Creek (starting point)
  • - Transportation back to Stanley from Cache Bar (finish point)

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