Planning Your Middle Fork Salmon Vacation

Below is the essential information you need to plan your Middle Fork of the Salmon vacation for trips meeting in Stanley, Idaho. For September trips meeting in Boise or Salmon please go to our Boise/Salmon Trip Planning Page. You may find it helpful to print copies of our Check List and Trip Details. All our trips meet in Stanley. Private parties chartering a trip may arrange to meet at a different location that is convenient to their group.

Trip Meeting Location
Our pre-trip orientation is held at the Mountain Village Lodge at 7:30 the evening before departure. For reservations at the Mountain Village Lodge, call 1-800-843-5475.

Getting to Boise and Stanley
Many of our guests fly to Boise and use an air charter service or ground transportation for the trip to Stanley. Airlines serving Boise:

Alaska Airlines: 1-800-252-7522
Allegiant Air: 1-702-505-8888
Delta: 1-800-221-1212
United: 1-800-864-8331
US Airways: 1-800-428-4322
Southwest: 1-800-435-9792

Flights from Boise to Stanley can be arranged with Sawtooth Flying Service, 1-800-798-6105 or with Gem Air, 1-208-756-7382. The Mountain Village Lodge provides a shuttle from the airport for guests staying with them. If flying to Stanley, you will find it convenient to return to Boise from Salmon.

Driving and Ground Transportation Information
The drive from Boise to Stanley takes about 3 hours. At the end of the trip, we shuttle everyone back to Stanley by bus, arriving around 6 pm. You can park your vehicle in the Mountain Village Lodge lot. Caldwell Transportation offers ground transportation by van or bus to and from Stanley from Boise. Arrangements must be made in advance.

Car Rental Information
Depending on the number in your party, it is often economical to rent a car for a week and leave it in Stanley while you are on the river. We return guests to Stanley by bus at the end of our trip. If you plan to have the car shuttled or returned to the agency while you are on the river, please contact Caldwell Transportation at 1-208-774-2265 to discuss your options.

Car Rentals in Boise:

Enterprise: 1-800-261-7331
Budget: 1-800-527-0700
Hertz: 1-800-654-3131
Avis: 1-800-831-2847

What to Bring
We provide just about everything you’ll need, including freshly laundered sleeping bags and, spacious, clean tents.

  • Sun Screen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Shirts for camp and to wear on-river
  • 2 pair of quick drying shorts or bathing suits
  • Wide brimmed hat for sun protection
  • 1 pair of pants for camp
  • 2 pair of shoes for camp and boating (river sandals)
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Warm jacket
  • Synthetic underwear, top and bottom
  • Rain gear (good quality)
  • Towel
  • Small pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medications
  • Water bottle with loop
  • Carabiner for clipping water bottle to boat
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Large Ziplock bags (for wet items & personal hygiene)

Optional items might include a paperback book, binoculars, fishing rod in a protective case, insect repellent and a fanny pack for hiking. Do not bring radios (iPod types are OK) or firearms.

Vacation Insurance

We recommend you supplement personal insurance with travel insurance. Many companies offer policies that cover cancellation, evacuation, baggage loss and other situations that could impact your trip. Contact TravelEx for more information.

Fishing
Fishing on the Middle Fork is outstanding. You’ll need an Idaho fishing licence. You can get one in Stanley or by calling Idaho Sports Licensing, 1-800-554-8685. Our favorite tackle shop is McCoy’s in Stanley and they can put together a selection of flies for you. Their phone number is 1-208-774-3377. Kids 14 and older need a license. Our fly-fishing tips PDF has helpful information about fishing the Middle Fork.

Accommodations After Your River Trip
For lodging in Salmon, we recommend the Stagecoach Inn. Their reservations number is 1-208- 756-4251. If you are returning to Stanley, we recommend our meeting place, the Mountain Village Lodge, 1-800-843-5475.

Travel Arrangements at the End of Your Trip
At the end of your trip our bus goes from take-out to Salmon and then to Stanley. Guests are responsible for flight arrangements from Salmon and should make reservations well in advance. Flights from Salmon to Boise can be arranged with Sawtooth Flying Service, 1-800-798-6105 or with Gem Air, 1-208-756-7382. Our bus usually arrives at the Salmon airport by 3:30 pm on the afternoon of our take-out. We typically get to Stanley around 5:30 pm.

Weather
Summer weather is usually ideal on the Middle Fork but mountain rain showers are common. Typical daytime temperatures are in the low 80s, cooling to the mid-50s in the evening. Early June dates are cooler. Make sure to bring good quality rain gear and a warm, fleece type jacket. Here is a link for the current weather in Stanley.

Trip Meeting Location
Our pre-trip orientation is held at the Mountain Village Lodge at 7:30 the evening before departure. For reservations at the Mountain Village Lodge, call 1-800-843-5475.

Middle Fork Salmon Trip Information
On the morning that your trip launches, we provide bus transportation to the launch site, or if a flight to the river is necessary, to the Stanley Airport.