Idaho River Journeys2019-01-07T14:47:00+00:00

Join us on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River for an acclaimed whitewater rafting or fly fishing vacation. Established in 1978, Idaho River Journeys is proud to be one of the most respected Middle Fork Salmon River outfitters, enjoying a reputation for running top-quality, bucket-list trips with exceptional fishing & rafting guides. We are a family-run business based in Salmon, Idaho and excited to show you why National Geographic named us “One of America’s Top Adventure Travel Companies.”

The Middle Fork of the Salmon is a spectacular wild river rushing through a vast, primitive landscape, unlike anything you have ever seen. On a Salmon River rafting trip with Idaho River Journeys, you will run long stretches of rapids, hike nearby trails, spot wildlife, and have time to reacquaint with your family, friends and even yourself. This legendary river trip will take you through the River of No Return Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states.


It’s Not One Thing That Sets Us Apart. IT’S EVERYTHING.

A Middle Fork of the Salmon river trip with IRJ is an exhilarating vacation experience. From your first contact with us, you will know that you are working with an outfitter and crew that is passionate about Idaho’s Middle Fork and dedicated to providing you with an extraordinary vacation.

  • It’s family friendly, knowledgeable guides that have worked together for years.

  • It’s rave reviews on Trip Advisor.

  • It’s involved, passionate owners. A local, small, family run outfit.

  • It’s a low guest to guide ratio. High service and hospitality standards.

  • It’s delicious, carefully prepared meals.

  • It’s top-notch boating and camping equipment.

  • It’s our fleet of boats that includes paddle rafts, oar rigs and inflatable kayaks.

  • It’s plenty of hiking opportunities. Some guided hikes; some unescorted.

  • It’s quality fly fishing gear and individual instruction for Salmon River fishing.
  • It’s a superb itinerary with a span of activities. Something for everyone.


Your Trip Dates


September Fishing


Our Menu


Your IRJ Crew


Middle Fork Kayaking

Grab a Seat for 2019 

Thanks to repeat bookings and referrals from our terrific guests, nearly all our trips go out full. Now is the time to reserve for 2019 or 2020. A small deposit of only $500 per-person holds space. The balance of the fare is due 60 days (90 for charters) before departure and in the meantime we will send you updates and current information that will help you plan and start dreaming about your Middle Fork of the Salmon vacation with IRJ.

Private Fly-Fishing Trips 

Annually we are permitted to reserve a few September launch dates beyond our regular schedule for fall fly-fishing trips. These trips are ideal for small private parties of eight to twelve fly-fisherman. Charters consist of one raft for every two fishermen supported by a large supply boat that travels ahead of our group to set up camp. If you would like to charter a 2020 fall fly-fishing trip for a group of friends or fly-fishing club, let us know your preferred date and we will attempt to get it for you.

Middle Fork Fly Fishing
Halfway Publishing

June 3 and June 12 

Early June is the peak experience of the Middle Fork Salmon. The canyon transforms into a spectacular spring setting that we get to enjoy, explore and float through. Wildflowers are in full bloom, numerous crystal-clear hot springs to soak in, breathtaking waterfalls tumbling into the river from the spring melt, and ample time to hike or run on the side trails.