Whitewater Rafting Trips


On the Middle Fork, 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 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 rivers in the world: 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.

Duration And Pricing

Duration 6 days, 5 nights

Price $2,360 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 trip price), Trip Cancellation Insurance, and Airfare if water levels require a flight into our wilderness launch site.

Student Discount: $280.00

Departure Dates

  • 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 duffee for you 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.
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.
Our floating season on the Middle Fork is from June-September. The river, ecosystem, and floating experience change as the season progresses. Every week is different, but every week holds the immutable joy and wonders of Idaho’s Wilderness. Early June trips encounter the biggest and fastest whitewater experience, due to the peak of spring melt off from the mountains that hem the Middle Fork watershed. By the middle of June, the high water has typically peaked, and is dropping slowly every day. By the middle of July, the Middle Fork is at its “summer prime” with hot weather, warmer water, and mid-level rapids. By late August the water is lowest, and a more mellow time to float the river. Our fishing season is from July - September.

The “best” time to float depends on what you are looking for in a Wilderness adventure vacation. Are you looking for an active expedition full of whitewater thrills and adventure, or for a more laid-back and placid Wilderness experience? Please call to chat about the benefits of each part of the season.
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.
The “Groover” is the endearing term for a river bathroom, consisting of a toilet-seated potty and privacy shelter when necessary. Going to the bathroom with Solitude is actually an incredible experience; I will personally guarantee you that you will never have a better duty-view than with Solitude on the Middle Fork!
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 Reviews page under About Us.

Our trips are small and personable so they fill fast.

Contact Details

Solitude River Trips
504 Neyman St
Salmon, ID 83467
Orvis endorsed fly-fishing expedition

"The 6 days that I spent with you all was like nothing I have ever experienced. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is like no other place I have ever been. You and your crew made our time there so effortless and calm. I cannot thank you enough for that" - Mark H, TX