Prepping For Adventure

Our pre-trip orientation is held at the Mountain Village Lodge at 7:30 the evening before departure. We meet guests to review plans for the next morning, answer questions, show you how to pack our waterproof bags, and introduce the group. We will offer local dining suggestions and help you get ready for an outstanding Middle Fork river rafting vacation. Make sure to download our whitewater rafting packing list below.

Packing List


If you have any questions about transportation logistics, please give us a call. No matter how you get there, we are looking forward to meeting you in Stanley.


Drive to Stanley and leave your vehicle at the Mountain Village Lodge parking lot during your river trip. At the end of the trip, we’ll provide transportation back to Stanley and you will arrive there around 6:00 pm. Boise to Stanley is a 3-hour scenic drive. We suggest that you spend the night in Stanley after your trip.

If you prefer, you can have your vehicle shuttled from Stanley to Salmon while you are on the river. We will have you to your vehicle around 3:30 pm. We suggest utilizing Caldwell Transportation for this service. The cost of the shuttle is about $120.00. Their local in-season office number in Stanley is 1-208-774-2265.


If you fly to Boise and want to use an air shuttle service to get to Stanley, we suggest using an Idaho based flying service. We recommend Sawtooth Flying Service or Gem Air. It is a 45-minute spectacular flight over Idaho’s backcountry.

Most people who use an air charter service, fly from Salmon to Boise at the end of the trip and do not return to Stanley. We will have you at the Salmon airport around 3:45 pm on the day we get off the river. The flight from there to Boise takes about 90 minutes. Alternately, you can return to Stanley on our bus and fly to Boise the next morning or return to Boise by bus with Caldwell Transportation. You need to decide on your round-trip option when you book your flight from Boise to Stanley.

Air services have “seat” and “charter” pricing. Late reservations may be subject to charter rates if other passengers aren’t flying. There are strict bag weight limits of 35 lbs. per person. The Boise to Stanley fare is about $180; Salmon to Boise $225, with lesser rates if you book both legs of the trip.

For families, renting a car and leaving it in Stanley is an economical alternative to using an air shuttle service. Even though the vehicle isn’t being utilized while you are on the river, it is still less expensive than an air charter. Car rental agencies with weekly rates include Enterprise, Hertz, Dollar, Avis, and National. Enterprise offers our guests special rates. Call or email us for details. A typical standard vehicle weekly rental is $200 plus fees. There are no car rental drop-off facilities in Stanley.


Our Middle Fork trips meet in Stanley the evening before departure. Below are staff recommendations for lodging, places to eat, and things to do if you have an extra day to spend in the area.


Mountain Village Lodge Restaurant All Meals 1-208-774-2101
Stanley Supper Club All Meals 1-208-774-2101
Stanley Baking Company* Breakfast & Lunch 1-208-774-6573
Sawtooth Hotel Dinner 1-208-721-2459
Redfish Lake Restaurant All Meals 1-208-774-3536
Kasino Club Dinner 1-208-774-3516
Papa Brunees Pizza 1-208-774-2536

*The Stanley Bakery is open from 7 AM until mid-afternoon daily. They serve the finest homemade meals and baked goods around. If you are going on the Middle Fork with us that morning, be in line at the Bakery as soon as they open that day. Our bus leaves the Mountain Village Lodge at 8 AM.