Idaho Rivers

Middle Fork Salmon

Middle Fork Salmon

This six day trip on the Middle Fork Salmon is a great time for someone with kayak experience to see this classic Idaho Canyon. Higher flows bring more waves and fun big water-style rapids. There are many great surf opportunities along the way, with a possibility of camping at Marble Creek. The rapid at this legendary spot holds one of the best surf waves in Idaho at the right levels. The Middle Fork is credited with having 100 rapids in 100 miles, and in the spring is like a roller-coaster for most of the trip. Most rapids are class III with some IV, with lots of fun wave trains. The rapids are big, fun and clean, but can be a little pushy in high water.

This trip is for kayakers with experience and a decent roll is required. Most experienced paddlers will want to use a play-boat for surfing, but river-running boats would be fine if you are not interested in surfing. Rafts are provided for camping support and to accommodate non-kayakers. If someone needs a break there will be room on the rafts. Expect lots of fun camp games like bocce ball, horseshoes, frisbee as well as great camp cuisine and plenty of drinks with friends.

Your Guides

Love rivers, love life. Your guides average between 10 and 30 years of professional river experience and many have been guiding for their entire career. Their laid-back style will have you relaxed and stress free in no time. True professionals, their focus remains solely on safety of their clients.

Participation in every facet of the trip is encouraged and welcomed. Want to learn how to cook in a Dutch oven, row a rapid, identify birds, fly fish, or rappel a rock face? Your guides feel most people enjoy a little physical challenge and they want you to take advantage of their knowledge and years of experience. Join in the action or just sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself. It’s your choice!

Running programs with a low guest to guide ratio allows your guides to cater to a variety of interests and dedicate attention to individual desires. Collectively, their trips feel like a bunch of old friends getting together!

Getting Here

We will organize your arrival by commercial air into Boise, Idaho with additional flights via McCall Air into Stanley, Idaho. Mountain Village Lodge will provide transfer to your motel upon arrival in Stanley. Orientation meeting starts at 6:00pm the evening prior to your trip departure at the Lodge.

Expedition Broker can arrange all aspects of your travel including flights, hotels and additional travel while in Idaho at no cost to you. Feel free to use our expertise to help you prepare for your trip!

What’s Included

  • Transportation to the river from Stanley, Idaho
  • Transportation from the river back to Salmon, Idaho
  • All meals starting with lunch on Day 1 and endning with lunch on Day 6
  • Sleeping gear and tents (if necessary- Discount for using your own gear)
  • Dry bags for personal gear

Why Go?

  • Great class III-IV whitewater, with many fantastic surf waves
  • Impressive 100-mile journey through Central Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness’ 2.3 million acres
  • Excellent value for a Middle Fork Salmon Kayak Trip
  • Many hot springs to enjoy, impressive waterfalls, and fabulous hiking opportunities



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Location Middle Fork Salmon, Idaho
Duration 6 Day Trip
Craft Type Kayaking
Activities whitewater kayaking, fishing, hiking, hot springs, photography
Route Summary 6 Day Middle Fork Kayak Trip begins in Stanley and ends in Salmon, Idaho traveling through the 2.3 million acre Frank Church Wilderness

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