Join Idaho River Journeys on the Middle Fork of the Salmon in 2019 for a extraordinary rafting vacation. Make your reservation by calling us at 208-756-8116.

Middle Fork Reservation Info

Idaho River Journeys offers only twelve to fourteen Middle Fork trips a season. Trips are limited to thirty participants including guides. Thanks to repeat bookings and referrals from past guests, nearly all our trips go out full. Please call us for current availability. If the trip you want is not available, give us a call anyway. Sometimes a party has a change of plans and we have openings that have not been posted yet.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve a space on the Middle Fork. The balance is due 60 days (90 days for charters) before departure. If you have a group of 10 or more people you may qualify for a group or charter discount.

Most of our Middle Fork trips meet in Stanley, Idaho. By arrangement, groups chartering a trip may opt to meet in Stanley, Ketchum, Boise or Salmon. Three-day trips that join a longer Middle Fork trip in progress are $1,795 per person, including a flight to or from the river from Stanley or Salmon.

Water, weather or other conditions dictate where we launch our Middle Fork trips. For trips that meet in Stanley, we launch from Boundary Creek, which is accessible by bus, or from Indian Creek, which is accessible by air. If we launch from Indian Creek, the cost of the flight is not included in our trip fare. For our August 17 and 25 trips, the cost of the flight from Stanley is included in our trip fare. 

All reservations are subject to a $4/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee.


Exhilarating June Trips

Peak flows for the Middle Fork Salmon usually occur in May or early June. The whitewater is big and the canyon resplendent in spring bloom. Our pace is quick at this time of year affording time for hiking nearby trails, exploring historical sites or just enjoying camp. The rapids are exciting and the river fast. It is a spectacular time to be on the Middle Fork and we have trips with seats available launching on June 3, 12, & 21.

September 2019
Fly Fishing

Our September 2 and 10, 2019 Middle Fork trips are structured specifically for fly-fishing and limited to 12 guests – two fishermen and a guide per boat. Mid-September trip dates are assigned to us annually in October.  If you have a group or club interested in chartering a 2020 fly-fishing trip, let us know your preferred date. We will try to obtain and confirm your launch date on October 1, 2019.

2019 Night Sky Events 

The Middle Fork is far from neighboring communities and light pollution is non-existent here. There are only a handful of places in the U.S. that provide evenings of such extraordinary dark sky vistas.

  • June 3: New Moon
  • July 2: New Moon
  • July 23  – August 20: Perseid Showers
  • July 31: New Moon
  • August 13: Peak Perseid Showers
  • August 30: New Moon
  • September 28: New Moon