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Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

Rafting Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Salmon, Idaho

Adventure + Outdoors

Crest more than 100 rapids over 100 miles during this six-day rafting adventure down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in one of the country’s last true wilderness areas.

EXPERIENCE DETAILS

Highlights

  • Raft more than 100 rapids over 100 miles down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Central Idaho
  • The entire trip is guided by Idaho’s strongest rafters, who also take care of setting up camp and cooking each night
  • Raft through rapids each morning, with opportunities for excursions and adventures each afternoon
  • Each night, enjoy appetizers and a delicious meal provided by your guides as well as hot drinks and a campfire
  • Enjoy deluxe riverside camps with stand-up tents, cots and comfortable sleeping pads, as well as freshly laundered sleeping bags and a pillow
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is a 104-mile tributary in Central Idaho, known for whitewater rafting thanks to its three hundred raftable rapids. Federally protected since 1980, the wilderness area it rushes through is also the largest roadless tract in the lower 48, providing a middle-of-nowhere experience amongst high country forest, granite canyons and sweeping grasslands. 

Spend six days paddling down this river, guided by Idaho’s strongest rafters thanks to MT Sobek, with deluxe campsite setups each night that will keep you well rested for the next day’s adventure.

Sleep well on your first night at the Red Fish Lake Lodge after a casual orientation and dinner with your guides before setting off the next morning. Each day, you’ll paddle through notorious rapids in the morning, arriving at camp by the afternoon with plenty of time left for excursions and exploring. 

Thrill-seekers can take an inflatable ducky kayak on a trip through the rapids on their own on day three, while others may opt for a relaxing hot spring soak. With multiple opportunities for hikes to see nearby pictographs as well as plenty of time for fly-fishing and swimming, each day is exactly what you make it.

Every night, enjoy appetizers and a delicious meal prepared by your guides, followed by hot drinks and a campfire before bed. Toast with champagne on your final night, with 10 miles of the most spectacular scenery ahead of you on your last day. You may leave your boat behind, but the memories will stay with you. 

ITINERARY

Day One
  • Picked up from home via black car
  • Depart Denver via private aircraft
  • Arrive to Friedman Memorial Airport in Idaho
  • Transfer to and check into your room at Red Fish Lake Lodge
  • Meet your guides for a casual orientation and dinner 
  • Retire to your hotel to pack up your river bags for the early start the next morning 
Meals:Dinner
Day Two
  • Breakfast of local baked goods provided
  • Early morning two and a half hour transfer to put in point at Boundary Creek
  • Meet your team of river guides and climb aboard the oar boat or raft    
  • Navigate the first of the Middle Fork’s rapids: Sulphur Slide, Velvet Falls, the Chutes, and Powerhouse
  • Break for lunch
  • Complete the first day’s raft into camp where select guides will have floated ahead to set up 
  • Enjoy appetizers and a delicious meal prepared by your guides
  • Finish your first full day on the river with hot drinks and a campfire, forest conditions permitting
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three
  • Breakfast on the river 
  • Jump-start your day on the Class III rapid, Pistol Creek 
  • Water permitting, inflatable "ducky" kayaks are available for thrill-seekers looking to paddle through rapids such as Pungo & Marble on their own
  • Keep an eye for shallow, circular depressions on the riverbanks as part of the important archeological history of the area from the Shoshone Bannock tribes’ pit dwellings
  • Stop at the backcountry hot springs of Sunflower or Loon Creek for a relaxing soak in the unadulterated wilderness 
  • As a group, arrive to your preset camp for the evening and enjoy appetizers before a delicious meal prepared by your guides
  • Conclude the day with hot drinks and a campfire, forest conditions permitting  
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four
  • Breakfast on the river 
  • Today offers some of the Middle Fork's most thrilling rapids, including Tappan I, Tappan Falls, New Tappan, and Aparajo 
  • Take a lovely, short hike to one of the cliffs along the river that bear the Shoshone Bannock tribes’ pictographs 
  • Break for Lunch 
  • After an epic morning, explore Camas creek for a nice hike, picnic lunch, and an opportunity to fly fish in the region’s largest drainage area
  • Experience some serious whitewater through Driftwood, Haystack, Bernard Creek, Earthquake Jack Creek, and Goalpost rapids before calling it a day and pulling into camp 
  • Enjoy appetizers and a delicious meal prepared by your guides
  • Conclude the day with hot drinks and a campfire, forest conditions permitting 
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five
  • Breakfast on the river
  • Take an opportunity to fly fish or indulge in a refreshing swim
  • Break for lunch
  • Enjoy the most spectacular scenery of the canyon's geologically tumultuous past as you reach the Impassable Canyon
  • Make one last hike, a steep one to Veil Falls
  • Final appetizers and meal prepared in camp with champagne 
  • Last opportunity to enjoy hot drinks and a campfire on your last evening under the stars 
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six
  • Breakfast on the river 
  • Finish on the river with the biggest rapids yet: Foreplay, Rubber, Rubber II, and Hancock
  • Finally, reach the confluence of the Middle Fork and the Main Salmon River 
  • Break for lunch
  • Leaving your boats behind for the guides to manage, board our transportation to Salmon 
  • Take a late afternoon opportunity to shower at the Stagecoach Inn before boarding your home bound flight  
  • Depart Salmon, Idaho via private aircraft 
  • Transported home via black car

Accommodations, activities, and restaurants are subject to change in the travel industry. Any necessary modifications will be updated here and Manifest will ensure the modifications are in keeping with the original intention and quality of the outlined trip.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Black car service between your home and a private terminal at Centennial Airport
    • Round-trip flights on private aircraft to Hailey, Idaho and from Salmon, Idaho
    • All transportation in Idaho as per the itinerary
    • One night at Red Fish Lake Lodge and four nights of deluxe, riverside, guide-assisted campsites
    • All meals, activities, fees, and gratuities as per the itinerary

ACCOMMODATIONS

    • Red Fish Lake Lodge (pre-night)
    • Pinerest rooms, remodeled in 2017 and located near the main lodge with either a king bed or two double beds, sitting area, and set within the scenic 16 acres of Redfish Lake Lodge on the north shore of the five-mile long glacial lake in the lap of the Sawtooth Mountains. 
    • Deluxe, riverside, guide-assisted campsites (four nights) including large stand-up tents, comfortable cots, thick sleeping pads, freshly laundered sleeping bags and a small pillow

WHAT TO BRING

    • 3 Long sleeved, light colored shirts for sun 
    • 3 Quick drying t-shirts or sun shirts 
    • 2 Quick drying shorts
    • 1 Pair of waterproof, breathable pants
    • 1 Pair of fleece or synthetic pants
    • 1 Medium weight fleece jacket 
    • 1 Warm down jacket 
    • 1 Waterproof, breathable jacket with hood (great for in camp and on boats) 
    • Sweatpants and lounge wear for camp
    • Lightweight, or medium weight, long underwear 
    • Versatile footwear, including comfortable tennis or light hiking shoes and river sandals 
    • Wetsuit booties or neoprene socks 
    • Travel towel and personal toiletries, including sunscreen and insect repellent
    • Swimsuit(s)
    • Sun hat with wide brim or baseball cap
    • Sunglasses with eyewear retainer 
    • Fleece or wool hat for evenings 
    • Warm gloves 
    • Wool or synthetic socks 
    • Bandana or Buff 
    • Water bottle with securing strap and small locking carabiner
    • Headlamp 
    • Camera and waterproof case  
    • Packing cubes, stuff sacks, and/or ziplocs for packing ease and storage of wet items 

    Provided Gear
    • Cabela fly rods, nets, and flies
    • Medium dry bag for personal items
    • Medium dry bag for sleep kit
    • Sleeping bag, pillow & cot (fleece liners provided in the event it’s very cold)
    • Small dry bag for day use
    • Two-person tent & ground tarp
    • Personal Flotation Device
    • Helmets for Inflatable kayaks
    • Wetsuits and/or Splash Gear (water wicking type sweat suit in the event it's very cold)

FAQ

What kind of rapids can we expect on this trip? How many miles will we be rafting per day?
The Middle Fork contains exciting whitewater rafting on Class II-IV rapids, paddling 10-20 miles per day, with opportunities for short hiking, fishing, and exploring excursions on the river's scenic banks.

How do I pack for the weather? 
Idaho weather can be variable. Please come prepared with warm and cold weather clothing. Weather during the daytime can range from 65-85F and evenings 40-60F. Early June and late August trips are typically cooler at night. Synthetics are best for layering and keeping you warm in all weather conditions. Good Rain Gear is perfect for in camp as well as on the boat when getting splashed. The Salmon River water temperatures average 58-65°F.

What will our camp accommodations be like?
Our partner’s deluxe riverside camps provide large stand-up tents, comfortable cots, thick sleeping pads, freshly laundered sleeping bags and a small pillow. The most luxurious part of travelling with Manifest is your guides will go in advance to set up the camp each night and prepare gourmet meals served with beer or wine around the campfire beneath the stars.

Will there be toilets and showers at the campsites? 
This is a true wilderness experience and in order to protect the environment we follow sanitation requirements set by the Forest Service and our partner’s permits. Everyone will be required to use the portable aluminum toilet facility which has a traditional toilet seat in a private setting at each campsite. We provide toilet paper, hand sanitizer and hand wash systems. The portable hand wash systems with soap are set up in the dining area and toilet area of camp. A solar camping shower set up is also available at camp with limited hot water. Please do not plan on a shower every day. Additionally, because this is a camping trip, you will not have access to laundry facilities, so please pack accordingly. The Westslope Cutthroat Trout is a special species of fish which does not allow for bathing or washing laundry directly in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Can I bring my own fishing  gear? 
A basic fly-fishing rod will be provided for you, however, you are able to bring your own if you wish. If you wish to ship any rod/case in advance, please contact your Manifest Customer Care Representative as we do have an industry partnership for this service. 

Alternatively, you may stop by the Stanley Fly Shop prior to the orientation on Day 1. The Middle Fork Salmon River is famous for its fly fishing and the pros at the shop can outfit you with any equipment you may need. We recommend a 5 weight fly rod for a good fight. Full floating rig, 4X leader, de hooker for single hook barbless requirement, and dry fly Gink to keep flies dry. Additionally, a variety of elk hair caddis flies to imitate salmon and stone flies, stimulators to imitate the salmon fly, and any kind of grasshopper are likely  to be crowd pleasers for the river’s residents. 

dollar 7,990 pp

double occupancy (members only trip)

Jun 04 - Jun 09,

2021

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