Idaho's Middle Fork Salmon 2020 TRIP DATES


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.

We are experiencing many reservations changes, send us an email or give us a call 1-208-756-8116 to inquire about current availability.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm a reservation on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. The balance is due 90 days before departure. Should you have to cancel your trip, deposits, payments, and final payments are non-refundable. We highly recommend travel insurance to protect your travel investment. If you cancel, we do not give refunds or credit for future trips. Our cancellation policy is firm and we can not make exceptions. We operate under federal regulations, which restrict the number of guests per trip and the number of trips per season. If you need to cancel or make a substitution, please let us know as soon as possible. Call us at 208-756-8116 and send a follow-up email notification to:

We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance. Please protect your investment in your vacation with trip insurance. For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, view the details online or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792, reference our Location Number: 05-0917 and our company, Idaho River Journeys.

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.


Meet Mary

Mary Papale is married to former outfitter Bob Volpert and they have three sons who are outfitters on the Kern River, Rogue River and Middle Fork of the Salmon. Their youngest, Skip Volpert, manages IRJ operations from their base in Salmon Idaho. With unmatched experience and insider knowledge, Mary is an expert in the details associated with planing a Middle Fork trip that goes rafting. You will enjoy working with Mary and her goal is to make sure your trip with IRJ is the vacation of a lifetime. This photo of Mary was taken at the Robert Deurloo bear statue on Main Street in Salmon, Idaho.

Boat Configurations

Every Middle Fork trip with IRJ is distinctive. Our typical party size consisting of guests and guides never exceeds thirty and entails the use of oar rafts perfect for taking in the scenery or fishing, participatory paddle rafts and a small contingent of inflatable kayaks. Fly-fishing trips are structured differently. A number of factors determine the specifics of each trip but our goal is consistent: Run wonderful river vacations that guests will fully enjoy and want to repeat with Idaho River Journeys.