Salmon River Idaho White Water Rafting
Salmon River Rafting In Idaho…Unforgettably Wild, Once In A Lifetime Experience
In September, we provide scenic float trips on the Middle Fork. Our September trips are primarily small fly fishing trips, although we do have limited seats available for non-fly fishing.
The scenic float experience takes place on our “champagne boats”. We do not have paddle boats or ducky’s this time of year due to low water and cooling water temperatures. Instead, we focus on a comfortable ride and a variety of off-river activities such as scenic side hikes, exploring the geography and history of the canyon, hot springs, exploring pictographs, and simply relaxing and disconnecting in the vast beauty of Idaho’s wilderness.
September is a special time to experience the Middle Fork and the Frank Church Wilderness Area. As the air temps and water levels begin to drop with the first refreshing breaths of fall, the river corridor changes in several ways. There are much fewer river users in September so we often feel as though we have the entire wilderness to ourselves. We also start to see the colors of the canyon foliage turn bright yellows and reds. This is a great time for anyone who prefers activities such as photography, walking the trails, exploring, or simply relaxing, instead of the Middle Fork whitewater rafting experience of summer.
Please inquire with any questions about this unique, scenic wilderness river experience.
Duration and Pricing
September Rafting Trips
6 Days, 5 nights
$3,550 per person
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.
We take bookings 2 years in advance, and often prime season trips fill 12 months in advance. It’s never too early to make a reservation.
- 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.
The following are physical and mental eligibility criteria for all participants on any Middle Fork
of the Salmon river trip. You must:
- Be at least twelve years of age to be on a river trip in June and eight years of age in July,
August and September.
- Have the ability to get on and off of the raft independently or with the assistance of a
designated companion. This may include maneuvering your body over and across tubes
and fixed objects.
- Have the ability to wear a Type V Coast Guard approved personal floatation device in
accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
- Have the ability to remain in a seated position for greater than one hour.
- Have the ability to hold on to taut lines or handles through rapids.
- Have the ability to assist in self-rescue in the event of an unexpected swim. This includes
the ability to hold your breath and control your breathing while being repeatedly
splashed with or submerged in water; the ability to orient yourself to new “in-river”
surroundings; the ability to get out from under an overturned boat; the ability to swim
into the current and float on your back; the ability to swim towards a boat or shoreline
which may be greater than 50 yards away; the ability to receive a rescue rope, throw
cushion, paddle, or human assistance, and possibly let go of the same.
- Have the ability to swim 50 yards in flat water.
- Have the ability to walk under low branches, around vegetation, and on uneven, slippery,
rocky, and sandy ground unaided or with the assistance of reasonable additional
equipment, or with the assistance of a designated companion. This includes the ability to
maintain your balance near precipitous ledges or cliffs.
- Have the ability to position yourself from standing, to sitting, to ground level and back to
standing independently or with the assistance of a designated companion.
- Have the ability to carry personal gear from shore to camp and back to the boats
independently or with the assistance of a designated companion.
- Have the ability to maintain your own safety in an environment where allergen exposure
and cross-contamination may occur.
- Have the ability to manage all personal care independently or with a designated
- Have the ability to participate in all activities of daily living such as eating, toileting, and
dressing independently or with the assistance of a designated companion.
- Have the ability to manage all personal medications, including dosing and
administration, independently or with the assistance of a designated companion.
- Have the ability to comprehend and follow all verbal and non-verbal instructions given
by crew in all situations, including during stressful or dangerous situations, and to
effectively communicate with crew.
- Have the ability to effectively communicate with other passengers.
- Have the ability to remain adequately fed, hydrated, and properly dressed so as to avoid
environmental injuries such as heat-related illness and sunburn.
- Have the ability to participate in a group setting, in a remote environment, without
negatively impacting or jeopardizing the health or safety of the other trip participants or
Our trips are small and personable so they fill fast.
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