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.
The MIddle Fork of the Salmon
The crown jewel of the Wild and Scenic Rivers’ System and the most pristine free flowing river in the lower 48 states, your adventure through Idaho’s River of No Return Wilderness on your Middle Fork of the Salmon River is a click away.
Fork of the Salmon River
Oh, my! Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Let the journey begin.
Enjoying the hot springs then down to camp.
Today we stopped and hiked to some Sheepeater Indian pictographs. These ancient writings are thousands of years old.
A quick stop at The Flying B Ranch for an ice cream cone then off to conquer more famous Middle…
Our last night we slept along the walls of the Impassable Canyon under the stars.
Last day of fun whitewater!
$3,050 per person
Ground transportation from Stanley, ID to the river and return to Stanley at trip end.
Guests can opt for our Back Country Hotel Package – $650.00 pp details below
Other air charter needs are priced depending on locations.
Vehicle shuttles before or after your trip
We can assist in arranging all your needed vehicle shuttles with River Shuttles in Salmon, Id. Costs vary.
Motel rooms before or after your trip
Any rooms needed outside of the Boise Back Country Hotel Package. We are happy to make all your reservations with your credit card.
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Boise pre trip lodging and round trip flight package$650 per person
This package includes one night lodging in Boise at the beautiful Inn at 500 located in downtown Boise, a detailed orientation meeting the night before your trip and scenic back country flights from Boise to your adventure and 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 flights from Stanley to the river when water levels drop$155 per person
Later in the summer, water levels drop and then we fly all guests into Indian Creek airstrip to begin their adventure.
Mackay provides our guests with:
Roomy 4-man tent for couples or singles
Freshly laundered sleeping bag and pillow with new pillow case
Comfortable large cot
Mattress pad for warmth and comfort
Coast Guard approved white water life jackets
Waterproof day bag, duffel bag, water bottle and camp cup
Wet suit with splash jacket – Mackay provides each guest with a wet suit during early and late season trips.
Mackay provides for camp and rafting:
All rafting equipment – oar boats, paddle boats, inflatable kayaks, stand up paddle boards (Main Salmon only) and water toys
All cooking and utensils for preparing your gourmet riverside meals
Dining tables and chairs
Plenty of ice for cold beverages
Full trauma kit, first aid supplies, defibrillator, satellite communication device for emergency use
Spring and fall must haves
Wool hat and gloves
Wool socks or wet socks
Down jacket or vest
Good quality rain jacket and pants
Things to bring for your summer adventure
Quick drying wicking t-shirts – long sleeve and short sleeve
Quick drying shorts
Swimming suit and trunks
Rain gear – always a must
One set of wool or fleece pant and top – guests can layer under these, add raingear to stay nice and warm if our weather dips
Shoes – a set for camp such as tennis shoes and a pair for the water. Recommend a rafting sandal or shoe with secure heal
Hat for sun protection
Sunglasses with security strap – Chums brand is good
Fishing gear and tackle if you wish to fish
Toiletries – sunscreen, towel, wash cloth, small insect repellent – we do not have many insects on our rivers, but a few, and wet wipes
Flashlight -headlamp if possible
Camera and portable charger – there are NO power sources in the wilderness
Mackay guarantees 100% coverage for your rafting adventure. That is 100% of your deposit and final payment. We offer this guarantee so our guests feel comfortable booking their trips with Mackay in advance to get the adventure date they prefer.
Things can come up that make it impossible to get to your trip, illness, work, a new virus and many other “reasons”. You need to have the comfort of knowing your vacation payments to Mackay are 100% safe.
How it works
Once Mackay receives your deposit, we purchase your Trip Cancellation Policy including “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage. This policy is included in your trip price.
If you need to cancel your Mackay trip your Trip Cancellation Policy will be your primary coverage. Depending on your cancellation reason 50% to 100% of your trip will be covered by your Travel Guard policy. Mackay Wilderness River Trips, Inc. will cover any amount of your deposit or final payment not recovered through your travel insurance policy claim.
That’s it. 100% guaranteed coverage. So, book your rafting adventure and sit back and relax until the trip arrives and you take in Idaho’s incredible rivers.
- Guests can opt out of the coverage but will be held responsible for any loses they incur due to cancellation. There is no trip discount associated with opting out of coverage.
- Guests who cancel their trip for a 100% covered “reason”, such as illness or work, will be expected to provide Travel Guard all the required documentation to support the claim. Failure to provide all required documents will void this policy guarantee.
- Guests wishing to cancel under “Cancel for Any Reason” will need to cancel their trip 48 hours ahead of the departure date to receive coverage.
- Your Travel Guard policy DOES NOT cover any other expenses other than deposits and final payments to Mackay Wilderness River Trips, Inc. Please purchase your airline coverage separately.