Idaho > Middle Fork of the Salmon River: Idaho White Water Rafting

Middle Fork of the Salmon River: Idaho White Water Rafting

6 Days from $2169
Trip Highlights
  • Pristine alpine scenery, dramatic gorges, rolling hills and waterfalls
  • Natural hot springs
  • Exciting Class III-IV rapids
  • World-class trout fishing
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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Departure Dates
Value Season:

May 28; August 19
Peak Season:
June 15, 24; July 2, 10, 18, 26; August 3, 11

Specialty Departures

Wine: August 27; September 6
Hiking: June 6
Fishing: September 15, 24

Meeting Place
Mountain Village Lodge in Stanley, Idaho

Value Season:
$2,169* to $2,249

Peak Season:
$2,497* to $2,597

$2,397* to $2,497 
$2,169* to $2,249
$2,682* to $2,782

*Premiere Pricing! Available when you're one of the first four people to book by March 31, 2016.

Deposit: $500

Additional Costs:
Flight package from Boise or car shuttle; $4 per day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee

River Rating Minimum Age
Class III - IV9 (15 during high water)
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Middle Fork of the Salmon River Rafting - Overview

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It’s true — it doesn’t get any better than this. With over 100 winding miles of river — and more than 100 sets of rapids — there’s no wondering why the journey along the Middle Fork Salmon is considered unparalleled. One of the continent’s premium rafting destinations, the Middle Fork’s legendary waters churn through high country forest, granite canyons, swirling seas of grassland and some of Idaho’s most storied spaces. The river’s banks speak of the state’s proud heritage, its Native American history, pioneer sites and natural habitat for a wondrous world of wildlife.

Middle Fork Salmon River Rafting - Itinerary at a Glance

  • Scenic flight from Stanley, Idaho to our put-in at Indian Creek (Boundary Creek if water levels allow)
  • Fantastic alpine scenery, deep green forests, dramatic mountains and crystal clear creeks
  • Soak in a steaming natural hot spring after braving Velvet Falls and Ramshorn rapids
  • Feast on a picnic lunch, take a swim and a short hike
  • Try your hand at a paddleboat or inflatable kayak
  • Music, stories and jokes, the popping of the fire
  • Watch the scenery change from high mountains to rolling hills
  • Forests give way to miles of open grassland dotted with cool glades of pine
  • Run huge rapids like Powerhouse and Pistol Creek
  • Another soak in a hot spring, caves decorated with Sheepeater Indian pictographs
  • Hike to the magnificent Veil Falls plummeting into a natural amphitheatre
  • Impassable Canyon, Redside, Rubber and Hancock rapids
  • Reach the confluence of the Main Salmon and head back to civilization

O.A.R.S. Dories, Inc. is operated under special use permit with the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

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“We enjoyed all of our Middle Fork Salmon trip. The guides, the scenery, the folks in the trip with us, the water fights, the hikes, the water falls, the food, but most of all...the river. You can't improve anything. My trip, on a scale of 1 to 10, was 500. It was perfect... Our guides were so perfect. Loved the kids, the adults, they were perfect for all of us. The food they prepared was awesome. I have been home a week and a half and I have not stopped talking about this trip. I never would have imagined how much my 12 year old son and I would have loved a trip. Will we be back?? No doubt about it, many times. I hope that he will take his kids on the river some day.”
Rob Burns ~ Brecksville, OH

“If I took the best experiences I have had on all my trips from over 50 years combined they couldn't hold a candle to the fun I had with O.A.R.S.”
Bill Balcom ~ Silver City, NM

“Our family is just back from your Middle Fork of the Salmon trip which was over the top in every way. It had been 30 years since my father and I had last run the Middle Fork together, so the trip was a sentimental one-- and it was our boys' first multi-day raft trip, so that made for quite a week. Anyway, I just wanted to say that our guides...made a huge impression on us. The boys especially. They went above and beyond in every sense and made our trip truly one of the most memorable we've EVER taken as a family. I can't say enough about their professionalism, spirit, and sense of fun. They were absolutely remarkable. ”
Kim Brown Seely ~ Bellevue, WA

“An outstanding trip in all regards - extremely well planned and executed. Guides were knowledgeable, approachable, accommodating - showed true concern for the enjoyment of the clients. Trip was exactly as advertised. Will definitely travel with OARS again and highly recommend it to others.”
Christine Lyons ~ Hanover, MA

“While we were on the river, we had a chance to observe several other groups traveling at the same time. I'm glad we traveled with OARS. The trip is well-organized without being overly scheduled. The guides know the area well and keep things moving so that we get the most out of each day, but still have plenty of down time. And the guides themselves were great! They were very knowledgeable and skilled, but also very personable. It was a great pleasure to travel with them.”
Sue Freimuth ~ Andover, CT

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June 55-80 40-60
July 60-90 55-70
August 70-90 55-70
September 65-80 45-65
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July 55-65
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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

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