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Middle Fork Salmon River Rafting

Flowing untamed through a land so rugged that any attempts at settlement have failed, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is truly a legend among the whitewater rivers of the world. This pure, clear, free-flowing river drops 3,000 feet over its 100-mile course through the remote and spectacular River of No Return Wilderness, the largest Wilderness in the lower 48 states.

Traces of man's attempts to settle the area remain as dilapidated log cabins, while more ancient cultures left their marks in prehistoric cave paintings. Enjoy more than 100 Idaho whitewater rafting rapids, fishing in clear alpine waters, relaxation in natural hot springs, hikes to magnificent waterfalls, and camping in gorgeous mountain meadows.

Middle Fork Salmon River

  • Begins: Stanley and Salmon, Idaho
  • Ends: Salmon, Idaho
  • Season: June-August
  • River Distance: 100 miles
  • Rapids: Class III-V
  • Boat Type: Oar Boat & Paddle Raft
  • Deposit: $750 per person
  • Minimum Age: 12 (7 based on water level)
Adults(16+): From $3390
Youth (7-15): From $3190
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Whats Included

RAFTING Class III-V whitewater rafting (rapids depend on water levels).
HIKING Short walks to longer, more difficult hikes (all optional).
MEALS Guides prepare all meals for you between departure and return.
CAMPING Sleeping pads, tents, sleeping bags, chairs, and water-resistant bags.

Not Included

SUGGESTED PRE-TRIP LODGING Mountain Village Lodge* in Stanley, Stagecoach Inn* in Salmon, Idaho
SUGGESTED POST-TRIP LODGING Stagecoach Inn in Salmon, Idaho
PRE-TRIP TRANSPORTATION Any vehicle shuttle services or air transportation to and from river trip.
TAXES & FEES Any applicable taxes and fees

NOTE: Based on extreme high/low water levels, all trips departing July 30 through the end of August have a required $210 per person air taxi flight to secondary put-in location. This additional cost will be added to your order once your reservation is confirmed.

*Pre-Trip meeting is at Mountain Village Lodge in Stanley, ID (June 1 - July 22 trips).
*Pre-Trip meeting is at Stagecoach Inn in Salmon, ID (July 30 - Aug 31 trips).

Middle Fork River Rafting Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 2000 customer reviews

Beyond Description!

Ronald - California, USA
The river and surrounding landscape were majestic and breathtaking beyond description. The reason the trip was so outstanding was the guides! What an incredible crew of guides. As individuals, they each demonstrated constant professionalism, mastery on the water, and commitment to their guests' safety and enjoyment. Collectively, they worked as smoothly together as the finest of championship sports teams. All of the guests had an incredible experience thanks to this crew.

Can't wait for my pictures

Judy - New Hampshire, USA
We really enjoyed working with Lori as we set this up. The guides on our Middle Fork Salmon River raft trip were all great. Kirk, Julia, John, Sam, Jonah, Landon and Swampy, aka, Matt made our float trip a once in a life experience. Many good memories. They were always available, informative and fun to talk to on the rafts, and around camp. The food was the best!


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Rafts on the Middle Fork

Rafts on the Middle Fork

In order to make your trip run as smoothly and comfortably as possible, we use a large sweep boat to carry camping gear, food and supplies ahead of the main group. This allows our smaller rafts to be lighter and more maneuverable, which makes for a safer ride with more bounce and splash.

The Middle Fork offers the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of a paddle raft or ride aboard a comfortable oar rig piloted by your skilled guides.

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Camping & Dining

Whether you’re a veteran camper or experiencing sleeping in the outdoors for the first time, we will make camping simple. All you need to worry about is packing your personal items in a soft-sided duffel bag. A sweep boat with all your gear arrives at camp early to setup the kitchen and spacious 2-person tent we supply for you.

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  • Terrific Food!

    The food was terrific! It's amazing what can be cooked in a dutch oven! The birthday cake that Eric made was the best cake I’ve ever had. Great gear (tents, paco pads and sleeping bags).

    Clark - Cayman Islands, BWI

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