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Middle Fork Salmon River Rafting Trips

Salmon River Rafting In Idaho…Unforgettably Wild, Once In A Lifetime Experience 

A Frank Church Wilderness Rafting Trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is one of the paramount outdoor adventures of North America, and is one of the only remaining experiences that is both comfortable and truly “wild”.

The Middle Fork carves its way through one of the largest wilderness areas in the United States, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, in the heart of central Idaho. The Middle Fork Salmon River rafting experience will thrill to the majestic cliffs that hem the river canyon and will be lulled to sleep by coyotes laughing and owls preaching.

Late spring runoff makes June the highest and most adrenalized whitewater month as warm summer weather reaches the deep snowpack high in the mountains. As the summer progresses, the rapids calm and slow. In the course of our 106 mile Middle Fork Salmon rafting trip, you will encounter more than 300 rapids.  Some are gentle Class I riffles, accessible to beginning paddlers. Others are the heart-pounding Class III and IV sections that have made the Middle Fork of the Salmon River one of the most prized whitewater rafting rivers in the world, featuring: Velvet Falls, Pistol Creek, Hells Half Mile, Devil’s Tooth, Ski Jump, Tappan Falls, House of Rock. You will experience all of these exciting and historic rapids.

A typical day on the river begins with the stunning alpenglow on the mountainous canyon walls and the sounds and smells of the Rocky Mountains coming to life.  As you enjoy a gourmet breakfast around the fire, our professional guide staff will be working behind the scenes to break down your tents and load the boats.

Each day of floating on the Middle Fork holds fresh opportunities and activities; you can choose to explore and learn or to relax and transcend. Deciphering Native American Pictographs, revitalizing in natural Hot Springs, catching trout, and hiking to glorious look-outs, or simply lounging by the water are just a few of the available activities.

Calm stretches interspersed with smaller rapids lie between the notorious whitewater sections, giving less seasoned rafters a chance to paddle, swim, or just kick back and enjoy the scenery. We’ll stop for lunch mid-day, and by late afternoon, we will arrive at that evening’s camp, which is ready for your arrival.

After a leisurely “happy-hour” around camp, an elaborate dinner will be served – Pacific Salmon, our famous Fried Chicken, or one of the best Pork Chops you’ve ever had.  After dinner, there’s a chance for conversation, perhaps some music, and a chance to drink in the beauty of the crystal clear Idaho night sky.

Duration and Pricing

Spring Rafting Trips

Summer Rafting Trips

Duration

6 Days, 5 nights
Departure Dates:
June 5, 2018
June 14, 2018

Price

$2,095 per person

Duration

6 Days, 5 nights
Departure Dates:
July 17, 2018
July 25, 2017
August 2, 2018
August 10, 2018
August 18, 2018

Price

$2,450 per person
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Book a Summer Rafting Trip

Our trips are Full-Service and All-Inclusive!

All fees are included: 3% of adjusted revenue is for a commercial land use fee on National Forest Lands; and $4/person/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee

The only things not included in the trip price are gratuities for our spectacular guide staff (typically 15% of the trip price), Trip Cancellation Insurance, and Airfare if water levels require a flight into our wilderness launch site.

Please note that all 2018 trip dates are subject to change.

Inclusions

  • All fees are included: $4/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee, and 3% of the company’s adjusted gross revenues are for a land use fee for operating commercially on National Forest Lands
  • Round Trip transportation: Air and ground transportation provided from and to Stanley ID, except when low water requires a flight into the wilderness from Stanley
  • Fresh and Gourmet Food: We fly fresh food into the wilderness so that we can have fresh produce, bread, and cookies until the last day of the trip
  • Luxurious Camping Accommodations
  • Professional Guiding and Full Service on and off the river
  • All necessary gear, including: sleeping bag, deluxe wilderness mattress, life jacket, roomy four-person tent for every two people, camp chairs, dining table, complimentary water-resistant duffel for your personal gear (yours to keep), waterproof container for your day use items, eating utensils, drink cup, water bottle, plenty of ice, wine with dinner, and an ample supply of cold beverages.Premium Orvis fly fishing gear: rod, reel, and our go-to flies. If you have favorite rods and reels, please bring them along with hard cases. Read more.

F.A.Q.s

Glamorous-Camping with Solitude is the opposite of roughing it. When you arrive at camp, your tent is set up and ready for you, and your guide will happily assist you with your items and help you settle in for your stay. Appetizers are ready as soon as the mid-day munchies set in, and a backcountry-gourmet masterpiece is served around a welcoming campfire as the sun sets over the canyon. Glamping with Solitude is designed to alleviate you of the busy work typically associated with camping, so you can enjoy every second you have on the Middle Fork to pursue your own interest.
All you will need are personal clothes and items, toiletries, personal liquor, and a fishing license, if applicable. (We will provide you with a pack list of the clothes you will need). Solitude provides all camping gear, sleeping bags, pillows, cots, wilderness mattresses, a mug, and a water bottle. Solitude will also provide you with a personal river Duffel for the trip, which is yours at the end of the trip!
Yes! A hot shower is available in the evenings. Biodegradable soap is preferred, and no soap may be used directly in the natural hot springs or the river.
Have a special request? By all means, ask! We are more than happy to give you the names of past guests to call. Our proudest reference is Orvis’ Solitude River Trips proudly provides an Orvis Endorsed Expedition! Check out our Idaho Fly Fishing Trip page.

Our trips are small and personable so they fill fast.

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Salmon River Rafting Trip Reviews

White Water Rafting Trips Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews.

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5 5 1
"More than a Once in a lifetime Fishing Trip" From reading previous reviews, I had high expectations for this wilderness adventure. Everything exceeded my expectations! Of course the scenery is "over the top" spectacular, and the dry fly fishing is superlative... but the most surprisingly impressive aspect of the adventure was the professionalism, courtesy, and enthusiastic spirit of the crew. Their attention to detail in all regards: guiding the rafts through rapids, setting up and breaking down camp sites, preparing world class food in the wild, general sociability and entertaining engagement... and courtesy to all our fellow travelers... well, it was very gratifying to observe and enjoy.

Great family trip

★★★★★
5 5 1
Our family clan of 17, aged 82-12, simply fabulous. Rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, swimming, rapids. Perfect for all ages. Great to have Idaho river legends, Jon Barker and Shane Moser, as guides for one of America's wilderness rivers, to just sit back and absorb the beauty. Adam Grogan led a fabulous team of guides and expertly advised on fishing the cutthroat trout. So fortunate to meet Shoshone elder and her family that brought the history of the Middle Fork to life. Life's short ... these are the times together you will cherish forever. Book it.

Solitude Rafting Trip

★★★★★
5 5 1
Solitude provides an amazing rafting experience on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Anyone who would like to experience a white water wilderness trip should do this trip with Solitude. The guides are experts at making each individual have a wonderful trip, whether it be fishing, rafting, paddling or just relaxing. The food was also wonderful, and the camping was luxurious. Making new friends was an unexpected bonus.
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Contact Details

Solitude River Trips

P.O. Box 6614 |  Ketchum, ID 83340
+1 (208) 806-1218
solitude@rivertrips.com

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