Experience the

Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Idaho River Journeys

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 of the 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.”

“Best Outdoor Guides in America”

“One of the Top Adventure Travel Companies” 

Our Trips Get Rave Reviews on Trip Advisor

Let us help you plan your Middle Fork Salmon River trip.

If you’re looking for information on travel logistics, considering booking, or just have questions about a trip, don’t hesitate to reach out. You’ll be in direct contact with the owners, Skip and Julia, who are happy to work with you.


What Sets Us Apart?

  • Locally Owned and Operated: Skip Volpert and Julia Hatch (pictured left), residents of Salmon, Idaho, are hands-on owners who operate exclusively on the Middle Fork.
  • Guest Loyalty Speaks Volumes: Nearly 80% of our bookings are repeat or referrals from past guests. We’re proud of that.
  • Guides with Passion and Purpose: Our crew at Idaho River Journeys, comprised of both men and women, is passionate about sharing their knowledge of the Middle Fork and its surrounding landscapes. Their unique perspectives and rich experiences not only make them exceptional guides, but also inspiring role models for kids on the trip.
  • Fresh, Local, and Handcrafted Menu: Delicious, carefully prepared meals. We focus our menu on gourmet culinary cooking using Dutch ovens and campfire grilling.
  • Premium Gear: Our fleet of boats includes paddle rafts, oar rigs, and inflatable kayaks. We provide new boating and camping equipment, ensuring both comfort and safety.
  • Varied Itinerary with Diverse Activities: The IRJ crew offers a fun itinerary with an array of activities. There is something for everyone. Learn more about the IRJ itinerary here.

Stories From the Water – IRJ Blog