Our guided camp vacations are usually five or six days on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. The Middle Fork drops 2750 feet in elevation during your 100 mile float. Compare the bonus of great rapids and geothermal hot springs to other trips!
Scenery and flora change from high mountains blanketed with pine trees to the "Impassable Canyon" dotted with Mountain Mahogany and sagebrush on high cliffs. The river current flows with no long eddies; the water is crystal clear. No roads or motors are allowed. Reservations are now accepted. June trips will be high water, as snow pack is good. Few outfitters have high water equipment like we do.
Arrive in Stanley, Idaho one day early if possible. Arrival mid-trip or on launch day may require a private flight from Boise, McCall, Sun Valley, Salmon, or Montana. Hike or mountain bike in Stanley's Sawtooth Mountains.
Check out bags or tents early!
Wildlife is abundant on the River of No Return Wilderness area. Native Cutthroat Trout almost jump into the boat. Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep are often sighted. Mule Deer sometimes wanter into camp. There are numerous reasons to float this fine ecosystem. My family has been a public outfitter here since 1964.
Whitewater rapids are a thrill-a-minute in the comfortable guide-oared, self-bailing rafts. With Masoner "splash shields" on some rafts, our equipment is really spiffy! Inflatable kayaks and guided paddle boats are for the action-seeking guests. This vacation is designed with you in mind. Wetsuits are provided for adventuresome high-water trips. Spincast or flyfish between rapids with your helmsman's help. September offers Chukar shooting and large, native spawning trout. Fishing tackle is provided.
Hike, fish, swim, throw horseshoes, or take a shower at camp. Sleeping bags, thick pads, roomy tents, waterproof packs, potable water, books, and maps are furnished for camp comfort. We support your recreation interest. The cargo boat is loaded with beverages, ice, and hors d'oeuvres! Our guides lead and teach youth teams or other guests while on wilderness hikes or away from camp. You just relax!
Meals are cleanly prepared away from the campfire unless closed Dutch Ovens are used. Lunches are unique. Special dietary requests are met. Helmsmen become hiking and fishing guides or chefs with aprons in camp! Lawn chairs and tables are convenient. Dine at the table, sit near the river and watch eagles, or fish and eat late!
Not all float trips are the same. We take pride in our experience, safety, fishing and hiking interests, quality equipment, and service to you.