Salmon River Middle Fork Raft Tour
Whitewater Rafting in Idaho.
The Salmon River’s remote Middle Fork runs fast, clear and cold, past epic cliffs and relaxing hot springs. Join us for more than 90 miles of thrilling whitewater rafting. We’ll pitch camp on beautiful beaches that allow us to hike quiet trails along babbling streams.
- Plunge through whitewater rapids in your choice of kayak, oar raft, or in the gear raft with the guides.
- Dine on gourmet meals made from locally sourced foods.
- Chill out in tumbling waterfalls.
- Warm up in hot springs along the river.
- Hike to outstanding sights including Indian ruins and petroglyphs.
- Splash in the Middle Fork’s astonishingly clear water.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCamping, Discovery, Guided Tours, Wildlife
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
We start our rafting adventure near the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. Sometimes known as the “River of No Return,” the Main Salmon River divides into the Middle Fork, which has been called “the Crown Jewel of Idaho.” In alternating seasons, we choose one route or the other then paddle our way through cold, clear water in vast, deep canyons and forests.
Along the way are historic remnants of miners and pioneers. This tour is a great fit for novice as well as experienced rafters. The Salmon has calm waters as well as friendly, deep pool-drop rapids. There’s no other way to experience this section of America’s unmatched beauty, wildness and adventure.
The Salmon’s sage-covered hills are frequented by moose, black bear, bighorn sheep, while herons, cranes and golden eagles fly above.
The Sheepeater Indians once called this unspoiled, remote landscape home, although few others ever have.
Ride the wild rapids each morning, then take a break in the afternoons to relax or fish for native west slope cutthroat trout. You can end your day with a bracing dip into a “cold tub” of some of the clearest water on earth, then once you’ve enjoyed your delicious gourmet dinner, sleep under a starry sky.
Optional Tour Choices:
$190 Single Supplement(available in checkout) – limited nights (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom while in our Boise hotel)
Deposit is available: $1000 – call 800-825-9766.
- Out West Adventures provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
- One hotel night before the tour begins and one night after the tour’s completion.
- Light aircraft flights between Boise and rafting sites.
- Inflatable kayaks.
- Professional guiding.
- River equipment.
- Gourmet meals and beverages (including beer and wine) on rafting days.
- For experienced paddlers, the use of hardshell kayaks.
- USFS Recreation Enhancement Act Fees.
- Sleeping bags and pads.
- Dry bags.
- Wet suits.
- Airfare to and from Boise.
- Transfers between Boise airport and hotel (free shuttle provided by hotel.)
- Meals in Boise.
- Gratuities for guides.
Welcome to Boise
Our adventure starts with a late afternoon meet-and-greet at our hotel in Boise. The accommodations are boutique-style and comfortable. Be sure to check out some of Boise’s lively shopping and cultural events if you have time. 8th Street’s pedestrian zone is dotted with dozens of sidewalk cafes and restaurants, and is also home to the city’s Basque District.
Fly to the River
This morning we take a charter plane, then a shuttle bus to our rafting launch area. Our thorough pre-launch orientation includes practicing, then demonstrating safety skills for kayaks, rafts and the river generally. Each day you choose your mode of transportation. Paddle an inflatable kayak alone, paddle with a team on a paddle raft, or just relax and ride with a guide on one of the gear rafts.
Clear Water, Blue Skies, Peace and Quiet
Each day begins with a hearty breakfast and we typically travel 15 miles each day after breaking camp each morning. We’re usually on the water between 9 and 10 am. Mid-morning breaks give us a chance to stretch, then lunch gives us a chance to recharge. In the mid-afternoons a snack break gives us a boost.
The tour’s oar rig will be your raft of choice anytime you want to relax and leave the paddling to the guides. If you’re feeling adventurous, tackle the rapids in one of the inflatable kayaks or a paddle raft. If you’re an experienced whitewater canoeist or kayaker, you’re welcome to bring your own craft or paddle one of ours.
The views along the river are completely outstanding. Check out pictographs, abandoned miners’ cabins, waterfalls and wildlife. During lunch stops, relax, play some beach volleyball or take a scenic hike to any of these plus to hot springs and waterfalls.
Typically we pull into camp each day between 4 and 5 pm. There’s always time to fly fish or take a hike while hors d’oeuvres and dinner are being prepared. As night falls, campfire stories take center stage and river tales get taller.
Fly Back to Boise
Once we reach the end of our river run near McCall, Idaho, we fly back to Boise. We’ll be checked back into our hotel by late afternoon. Dinner is up to you tonight but chances are you’ll be socializing with the new friends you’ve made this week, ready to hit the town together.
Most adventurers will catch flights from Boise International Airport to begin their journey home.
You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you are traveling alone. We will be happy to match you with a roommate if you like. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
This adventure starts and ends in Boise, Idaho.
Rafting, canoeing and kayaking are all choices on this amazing adventure. Although no experience is necessary, this tour is an excellent choice for those who have joined us on other rafting trips and would like something more advanced.
For answers to your additional questions, please call 305-294-8174.
"A true getaway and authentic adventure. From the 3000 feet it descends, to the warm natural hot springs that dot its banks, to the emerald green waters and vast white sand beaches, the Middle Fork is undoubtedly a very special place."
"It was one of the most beautiful areas I've ever traveled in, and really allowed a reconnect with nature and the Earth."
"This trip was an LGBT & friends trip, with two sommeliers AND spectacular food every night--it was a rare blending of all three, plus cool people and fun rafting/kayaking."
"Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River was one the best vacations ever! Stunningly beautiful pristine wilderness, the excitement of whitewater, kind caring and skilled river-guides. This trip was outstanding!"