Middle Fork Salmon River Trip Planing – Salmon Idaho
Salmon Idaho | Trips Departing 7/25 – Sept
*Beginning in 2025
Because our trips later in the season require a flight into the wilderness put in location at Indian Creek, we base our trips departing from 7/25 through September out of Salmon, Idaho. Apptly named, the small, inviting town of Salmon sits snuggly on the banks of the Salmon River. The Beaverhead Mountains, part of the Continental Divide, create a dramatic backdrop, reminding visitors that they are passing through the gateway to the nation’s most renowned wilderness areas.
Salmon is the largest town and the hub of Lemhi county. Despite its comparatively small size (population ~3,500), you will find plenty to do, charming lodging, and delicious restaurants.
Our orientation meeting will be held at 6pm the evening before your trip at the Stagecoach Inn, walking distance from Main Street and most of the lodging options in town. This introduction will include detailed information about what you can expect out on the river. We will also outfit you with your daytime dry bag, Solitude duffel bag to pack overnight clothing in, and insulated water bottle and mug, yours to keep at the end of the trip.
We recommend staying at the Stagecoach Inn because of its proximity to Main Street, its free overnight parking for guests, and the convenience of a shuttle to and from the airport if you are traveling by air taxi. That being said, there are many wonderful lodging options in Stanley, including Air BnBs and VRBOs if you are a larger group.
Round trip ground transportation will be provided from the hotel in Salmon to the airport at the start of your trip, and back to your hotel in Salmon at the end of the trip. All of our trips operating out of Salmon require a flight into our wilderness launch point at Indian Creek. This is an incredibly exciting and scenic start to our adventure, and allows for the opportunity to grasp the remoteness of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and the extent of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. This flight is approximately $195 per person.
We recommend booking lodging for the night before your trip as well as the night we take off the river. We will get back to Salmon at the end of the trip at around 2:30pm, so there will be plenty of daylight if you do need to make a drive or catch an air taxi.
Check out our article about things to do in Salmon while you’re there before or after your river trip.
Getting to Idaho
Boise International is the biggest airport in Idaho, and is Idaho’s nexus to the rest of the world. If you are flying to Idaho, this is the easiest destination. Once you are in Boise, you have two options to get to Salmon: drive or take an air taxi.
*You may also consider flying into Missoula, MT, a 3 hour drive north of Salmon or Idaho Falls 2.5 hours south.
Driving from Boise to Salmon
The drive from Boise to Salmon is about 5.5 hours. It is a beautiful drive along some of Idaho’s most scenic roadways.
Flying from Boise to Salmon
Flights from Boise International Airport to Salmon, ID are offered by several air taxi services. A list of our trusted partners can be found below. We would be happy to help you arrange these flights, just give us a call!
Where to Stay
The Stagecoach Inn
We recommend staying at the Stagecoach Inn. This will be the location of our orientation meeting the evening before your trip departs. The hotel also offers free parking for guests while you are out on the river. It is highly recommended that you make reservations well in advance.
The Super 8 Motel
The Super 8 is another good option located just across the street from the Stagecoach. You may make reservations by calling (208) 410-4048 or visiting their website.
The Sacagawea Inn is located right in the heart of Salmon, ID and is another nice option for lodging. You can make reservations by calling (208) 756-2294 or visiting their website.
A local favorite serving up sandwiches, salads, asian bowls, and daily specials.
Last Chance Pizza
Best pizza in town! Also has a great sald bar and outside seating.
Bertram's Salmon Valley Brewery
Great beer, great bar food, and a good atmosphere.
Where to Eat
Odd Fellows' Bakery
Fresh baked bread, sweet treats, and the best breakfast sandwich in town!
Have a slice of pizza and a beer, or two. This large brewery is a great option when town is busy!
Getting To and From
Gem Air offers flights to and from Salmon, ID to major aiports such as Boise.
Another great option for catching a flight in and/or out of Salmon, ID
6 days/5 nights
Late June – Sept