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Middle Fork

A whitewater rafting vacation in Idaho is an experience you'll never forget! We offer weeklong rafting trips on Idaho's famed Middle Fork of the Salmon. This spectacular wilderness white water river is the Salmon River's largest tributary. The crystal-clear free-flowing river is spring fed from high alpine meadows. The upper reaches of the Middle Fork River drainage drops rapidly through thickly forested alpine settings, then, aided by dozens of tributaries, it soon doubles in size becoming a rushing whitewater river with major rapids. As dense forest greenery gives way, the Middle Fork canyon alternates between grassy mountain meadows and sheer granite cliffs. During July, August and September, fly-fishing the Middle Fork of the Salmon is truly a world-class experience. This river is a blue ribbon "wild" cutthroat trout fishery.

Middle fork Salmon
river journey

mid fork
Day 1

Day 1 - Oh, my! Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Let the journey begin.

Day 2

Day 2 - after surviving the likes of Velvet and Powerhouse rapids our first day, we start off our second with Pistol! Thank goodness for the Sunflower Hot Springs.

Day 3

Day - 3 - today we stopped and hiked to some Sheepeater Indian pictographs. These ancient writings are thousands of years old.

Day 4

Day 4 - we come along a riverside ranch - The Flying B and have an ice cream cone. Then off for an amazing hike high above the Middle Fork.

Day 5

Day 5 - today we visited the amazing Veil Cave. As our guide played Amazing Grace to perfection, we all stood and just took in this majestic site. Our last night we slept along the walls of the Impassable Canyon.

Day 6

Day 6 - as we end our incredible wilderness rafting adventure, we wave goodbye to the river but hello to a lifetime of memories!

Rate & Date
Information

  • 6 Day 5 Nights
    people

    $2350 per Person*

*$4/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee is added to all trip pricing

A Typical Day
ANNUAL TRIP DATES:

June

  • 3rd
  • 12th
  • 21st
  • 30th

July

  • 8th
  • 16th
  • 24th

          August

          • 1st
          • 9th
          • 17th
          • 25th

          September

          • 2nd

          May, early June and later September dates by request.

          TRANSPORTATION: All Middle Fork Expedition pricing includes pre trip ground transportation from Stanley to Boundary Creek, post trip ground transportation from the confluence of the Middle Fork and Main Salmon back to Stanley. NOT included in the Middle Fork trip price are air transportation, vehicle shuttles, or any motel rooms before or after your river trip. Air transportation and Boise lodging packages are available as follows:

          BOISE PRE TRIP LODGING and ROUND TRIP FlIGHT PACKAGE:
          $550 / PERSON

          The package includes one night lodging in Boise, a detailed orientation meeting the night before the start of your trip and ROUND TRIP flights from Boise to the river at the beginning of your trip and from Salmon back to Boise at the end of your trip. This package also includes all ground transportation between the Boise Airport and your prearranged lodging in Boise.

          ONE WAY FLIGHT FROM STANLEY TO INDIAN CREEK – IF WATER CONDITIONS DICTATE AN INDIAN CREEK LAUNCH. $155 / PERSON

          GUESTS CAN HAVE THEIR PERSONAL VEHICLES SHUTTLED FROM STANLEY, IDAHO TO SALMON, IDAHO INSTEAD OF RIDING OUR BUS BACK TO STANLEY FOR $125.00 /VEHICLE, PLUS FUEL.

          At the pre trip orientation in Boise or Stanley a Mackay representative will meet you and give you your Mackay Wilderness River Trips duffel and dry bag along with personalized instruction on how to pack for your expedition. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions about our Middle Fork of the Salmon or Main Salmon river trips. Mackay Wilderness River Trips, Inc. is operated under special use permit with the Salmon-Challis National Forest.” Mackay Wilderness River Trips, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider.

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