Adventures in Idaho
The Best Adventures in Idaho
Every adventurer has a bucket list and every family has a dream vacation. Idaho offers something for everybody.
Family Friendly Whitewater Middle Fork Salmon River Float Trips
The wild, free flowing Middle Fork of the Salmon River is located in the largest wilderness in the lower 48. If you float the entire Middle Fork of the Salmon, your whitewater float trip will be six days and up to 100 miles long!
Whitewater is often the biggest concern when planning your family vacation… and these concerns are valid. However, don’t be discouraged from enjoying what countless families described as the “greatest vacation they’ve ever experienced.” This Class IV Middle Fork of the Salmon River drops approximately 28 feet per mile, going from high alpine down to an overall warmer climate where you will float the 2nd deepest canyon in the Lower 48. For six fun-filled days, you will continuously witness dramatic changes in geology and scenery.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River has over one hundred classified rapids with several of the highest being Class 4 and the rest being Class 1 to 3. For five or six fun-filled days, you will continuously witness dramatic changes in geology and scenery as the guides work hard to strike a balance between fun and safety. Traditionally, the highest water levels are late May and early June. This is the time to come for the big water.
This float trip has been described as “life changing” by many of our clients.
This trip is a family friendly whitewater rafting adventure on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness area. The Frank Church Wilderness is an awe inspiring place to get away from your phone, computer, and the rest of the “real world”. You will see cultural and historical sites, pictographs, the guides will tell you about the mining history, early settler history, you’ll learn about the Sheepeater War, swim, hike, run trails, experience stories around the campfire, there are inflatable kayaks and paddle boat opportunities, as well as deluxe fishing boat options.
The Middle Fork is teeming with wildlife.
Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River has some spectacular fly fishing. You’ll catch and release literally hundreds of wild Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout, Bull trout, juvenile salmon, steelhead and whitefish. You can fish from the boats, camps, or the many stops we make throughout the day. If you are just learning the art of fishing, the guides are willing and knowledgeable instructors.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is a gem located in Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness. One of the largest wilderness areas in the Lower 48.
- World-class whitewater rafting and fly-fishing.
- Class 2, 3 and 4 rapids on gin-clear water through canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon.
- Soak in riverside hot springs
- Professional licensed guides
- Everything supplied. You just bring your personal items.
- Primitive, yet comfortable tent camps on sandbars along the river. You will be surprised how comfortable they make them.
- Gourmet river cuisine. Your guides will create dishes that will blow your mind. It doesn’t seem possible to cook such great food in such a remote, rugged atmosphere and over an open fire.
- June – August
- Arrive day prior, spend the night in Stanley.
- 5 or 6 Day Floats
- On the last day you will be shuttled back to Stanley where we recommend staying and leaving the next morning.
Idaho Pack Trips
Unplug, recharge, bring your family together with one of our summer Idaho pack trips.
Unplug, recharge, bring your family together. We would like to invite outdoor adventurous and enthusiastic people with a love for the outdoors on a summer pack trip in Idaho. Imagine! Get out of your truck & leave the crazy world behind for a week. Jump on a horse, feel the tension melt away as you ride peacefully through the backcountry on your way to a wilderness hideaway. Feel the breeze, smell the wildness, let it surround and fill you full of life. See beautiful country and wildlife, let the serenity of the wilderness sink in…
Top it off with World Class trout fishing!
Rainbow trout almost every cast… Test your fly fishing, or use terminal tackle, be our guest. Fish that haven’t had many, if anything tossed at them… They are here and they await you and maybe your family….
Family need a break? Want to reconnect with each other and the wilderness? A summer pack trip makes the perfect family vacation.
Enjoy your trip back to sanity, while your hosts provide some awesome food, wall tent lodging, all the while plenty of laughs and storytelling around the campfire while making smores and trying to get the sticky marshmallows off your fingers.. Heck, it isn’t a question of “IF” your family or you need this. We all need this & we all know, we do.. You have a choice this summer. Where will you go on that family vacation? What will you let influence your family this summer? We all want/need to reconnect.
- Ride safe, well broke horses and mules.
- You’ll have top-notch guides and a personal cook in camp.
- Stay in comfortable tents supplied with nice cots and comfy pads.
- Most outfitters even offer warm showers, believe it or not.
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We wanted to touch every opportunity and we did. Roiling rapids, lazy deep water, diving from boulders and bridge, trail hikes to hot springs, waterfalls, grottos, and petroglyphs, historical elements (old cabins, communication wires, forest burns, landslides), pausing for wildlife, fishing, great food, campfires with stories and music and poetry, starlight nights – everything was delivered. The leaders know how to fit in all of the activities, while other companies’ boats floated past without stopping. It was an overwhelming experience of play and discovery along the Middle Fork, while observing a comprehensive respect for the Wilderness environment.
Middle fork of the Salmon River rafting trip was the best family vacation we ever took. My husband knew what to expect but the kids and I didn’t. The thrill of the ride and the wonder of the scenery is overwhelming. Every turn in the river brought a more beautiful view. We saw animals up close and personal. Being as we were on the river, I didn’t expect our meals to be anything special. The meals were fancier than anything I would make at home, with desserts too. Our guides were professional and very helpful. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
The very best testimonial I can imagine is that my boys still talk about this trip today (15 years later). They were 11 and 13 years old at the time. Get those kids out of the house and into the wilderness and trade Xboxes for tackle boxes!
My wife and I joined some friends on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in 2014. It was our first guided river trip. We had a lot of fun and made some great memories. The staff were great company. Whether it was stories about the ancient local sheepeater tribe, a tutorial in fly fishing, local geology, river knowledge, or biology of the abundant local wildlife they always were in the know. The fishing was excellent and I caught my first cutthroat trout. I’m afraid after having the camp set up for us before we arrived each day along with the phenomenal food has ruined my wife (former river guide) and I for any future DIY river trips! We can’t wait to return!
First rate experience! The outfitter and his hand-picked team of guides are masters of opening the magic of this wilderness to all regardless of experience. Not only do they provide a peak experience, they do it in a way that is both natural, and seemingly effortless, the kind of experience that only client-focused masters can regularly provide. As beautiful as the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is, all housed in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, one leaves not only with a true appreciation of this unique land, but also with fond memories of Steve and his guides. The process of sharing their wilderness with us left us amazed with the country and feeling like family. We will be doing this again!