Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River is one of the premier whitewater rafting rivers in the West. The many great rapids have made the Middle Fork of the Salmon famous, but it also has an amazing variety of other attractions that will make your 6-day river trip a spectacular vacation. The water is crystal clear and beautiful, and the fishing for native cutthroat trout can be extraordinary. Relaxing natural hot springs dot the river corridor, and there are numerous Native American and pioneer historic sites to explore. The area is home to bighorn sheep, deer, elk, black bear, river otters and other wildlife that can often be seen along the river. The Middle Fork flows through the heart of the 2.3 million acre Frank Church Wilderness Area, the largest wilderness in the lower 48. From its beginning high in the mountains of central Idaho, you’ll travel over 100 miles through breathtaking, continually changing scenery. You’ll be descending approximately 3,000 feet in elevation, beginning in the high, dense forests of fir and spruce, passing by majestic ponderosa pines dotting grassy slopes, and finally entering the rugged granite gorge of Impassable Canyon. Our six-day river trips on the Middle Fork will be a vacation you'll always remember for the rapids, spectacular scenery, fishing, hot-springs, and great hiking, but you'll also remember the experience, knowledge, kindness, and fun-loving nature of our guides. We'll have oar-boats, paddle-boats, and inflatable kayaks available so you can choose your level of excitement. Join us this summer for a fabulous trip on one of America's best whitewater rivers!
Day before the trip: Arrive in Stanley, Idaho the day before the trip. We’ll get together in the evening to distribute dry bags, answer last minute questions and go over any last minute details.
Day 1: We’ll depart around 8am and have a 2-hour drive to the Boundary Creek launch site. After a safety talk and orientation we’ll begin our journey. The trips will launch from Indian Creek, 22 miles down river from Boundary Creek. The only access to this site is by plane. Our flights will leave from Stanley at around 8am. There is a $75 charge for the flight.
Day 2 - Day 5: We’ll be relaxing, running rapids, fishing, hiking, soaking in hot springs, exploring historic sites, and anything else you can come up with. Our schedule is flexible so we can customize the trip to your interests.
Day 6: We’ll arrive the confluence of the Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon River and continue on our journey down the Main Salmon River. We’ll stop at Corn Creek briefly to re-supply and pick up additional passengers traveling with us on the Main. Optional (The Main Salmon River)
Day 7 - Day 10: The Main Salmon River is a little warmer that the Middle Fork, perfect for swimming. It also has homesteads to explore, the exceptional Barth hot springs, great hikes and we even offer some optional rock climbing and rappelling sessions on this stretch of the river.
Day 11: We’ll have a quite float with one or two good rapids, eat lunch on the river and then on to the take out. We provide van transportation to McCall, Idaho and a short flight from McCall to Boise.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
6-day Middle Fork of the Salmon
Cost: $1,700.00 per person, $1,360.00 (12 & under).
11-day Middle Fork/Main Salmon Combination
Cost: $3,000 per person, $2,400.00 (12 & under).
Additional Costs: 3% Forest Service land use fee, $44 Forest Service fee. $75 for flight into Indian Creek should the water get to low to float from the top.
- Use of our sleeping gear and tent, or bring your own to receive a $40 discount.
- Transportation to the river from Stanley and from the river back to Salmon.
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For over 30 years Joe and Fran Tonsmeire have been providing the finest in wilderness adventure travel. Whether you are enjoying the beaches and hot springs on the Main Salmon, pushing your limits on the class V rapids of the Upper Owyhee, or taking in the beautiful wilderness scenery of the Flathead rivers - your trip...
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