Rafting Trip Itinerary 2017-12-13T03:43:58+00:00


From the time you reserve a Salmon River rafting trip date until the moment you board our boats, someone at our home office is always available to answer questions and help with travel logistics. We want your trip planning to be as easy as possible and can offer suggestions for visiting nearby attractions such as Yellowstone National Park, Sun Valley or other vacation destinations.


Day 1

On the first day of your Middle Fork of the Salmon River rafting trip, we depart around 8:00 am for the river launch site. When we arrive, you will meet our crew and they will go over safety concerns, describe the boating options, and review plans for the day. You will have time to make last-minute clothing changes, fill your water bottle, and get ready for your first day on the Middle Fork. We typically complete all our chores and briefings in about an hour, and after securing your bags to our supply boat set off downstream. You can expect to be on the water by 10:30, take a break for lunch at the usual time and arrive at our first night’s camp around 5:00.

Days 2-4 or 5

Water conditions, the distance to camp, side attractions, and other trip features will change day-to-day but the daily routine remains constant. The crew gets up early and strives to serve breakfast around 8:00. During breakfast, a crew member will brief the group on what to expect that day and provide an overview of the rapids, side hikes, historic attractions and provide interpretive highlights relevant to the day’s course. Depending on the day, we will visit Native American pictograph sites, hike to nearby attractions, soak in one of the wonderful hot springs along the river. Our participatory paddle boats and individual kayaks allow you to be actively paddling or just sit back on one of our oar rigs for a relaxing ride through spectacular scenery.

Day 5 or 6

As you come to the end of your Middle Fork of the Salmon River experience, the routine for the last day of your trip will be a little different from the previous days. At dinner, the lead guide will review plans for the morning. We strive to get on the river earlier than usual. When we get to take-out, lunch will be set up. You will have time to repack your personal items and say goodbye to the crew. Shortly after lunch, we will board our bus for the ride to Salmon and then Stanley. If you are catching a flight from Salmon, you will be at the airport around 3:45. If you are returning to Stanley you will arrive there around 6:00 pm.


Your Trip Dates


Middle Fork Trails


Your IRJ Crew


Your Trip Here


Backcountry Gourmet

We are meticulous about the food we serve on our trips and the way we prepare meals. Our produce is fresh. We carry plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and a local butcher hand-picks our meats and fish. Our guides are terrific camp chefs and trained in food handling. But don’t just take our word for it, read this feature article about our trips and food at Starchefs.com.

Day 1: Dutch Oven Strata with Eggs and Artichokes

Day 2: Salmon Bagel Bar, Fresh Fruit Salad, Scrambled Eggs

Day 3: French Toast and thick Country Bacon

Day 4: Southwest Scramble and Sausage and Corn Bread

Day 5: Blueberry Pancakes with Lumberjack Sausage

Day 1: Deli Style Lunch & Homemade Potato Salad

Day 2: Fresh Taco Salad with Chicken

Day 3: Bistro Salad & Rotisserie Chicken Sandwiches

Day 4: Tarragon Chicken Salad

Day 5: Spicy Pearl Couscous Salad & Salami Sandwiches

Day 6: Brick Oven Ciabatta Black Forest Ham Sandwiches and Cucumber Salad

*All lunches include a fresh salad

Day 1: Cajun Marinated BBQ Chicken with Bob’s Rice and Spinach Salad

Day 2: Grilled Cedar Plank Wild Salmon with Dutch Oven Potatoes and Green Salad

Day 3: Dutch Oven Pork Loin Roast with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Zucchini Tomato Gratin

Day 4: Dutch Oven Home Made Lasagne with a Green Salad and French Bread

Day 5: Filet Mignon with Spinach and Pancetta Pasta and Caesar Salad



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