whitewater rafting

Where Is the Best Rafting on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River?

How will you make the most of your time in Central Idaho wilderness? Whether you spend days hiking along beautiful ridges overlooking Redfish Lake, climbing mountains, or biking through peaceful valleys, you’ll never run out of exciting new ways to see our area. If you want to experience a thrill like no other, plan a Middle Fork Salmon River rafting adventure! A trek down this secluded region of the Gem State is like no other.

For more local tips and information on the best things to do and places to see during your visit to Stanley, request access to our complimentary Adventure Guide!

Why Try Rafting on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River?

Rafting on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is one of the most incredible adventures in Idaho. The sheer beauty of scenic landscapes untouched by human hands transports you into the world pioneers venturing through the wilderness. You will feel as if you are a part of Lewis and Clark’s expedition as you float along peaceful riverbanks and raging rapids. The 104-mile stretch known as the Middle Fork of the Salmon River features over 100 raftable rapids with varying levels of difficulty, especially in the Class III and Class IV range. Combine the excitement of pulse-pounding adventure with some of the most stunning scenery in the Rocky Mountains, and 

The best time to float down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is from the beginning of July through the end of August. Check out a local tour company that offers a selection of rafting and fishing trips in this secluded corner of Idaho. 

Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River With Rocky Mountain River Tours

If you’re in Stanley and want to enjoy a trek down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, head over to Rocky Mountain River Tours. This local company provides visitors with four-day, five-day, and six-day excursions. Of course, if you don’t want to commit to multi-day trips, the Sawtooth Adventure Company offers days trips on nearby sections of the Salmon River. Check their website for a complete list of dates and rates.

Four-Day and Five-Day Rafting Trips

The four and five-day Middle Fork rafting trips are available only a handful of times every summer. These early season dates vary depending on water levels and weather conditions. These trips entail nights spent in riverside campgrounds, relaxing in hot springs, gazing at side stream waterfalls, and wildlife viewing in between portions of Class II through Class IV rapids!

Six-Day Rafting Trip

Rocky Mountain River Tours provides more than a half-dozen six-day rafting trips throughout peak season. These excursions down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River include a longer list of possible activities. Oar boats, inflatable kayaks, and paddle boats are available for all guests as you venture along the scenic banks of the river. In addition to Dutch Oen cuisine and exciting on-shore activities like hiking and swimming, you can book a special Middle Fork fly fishing trip! The possibilities are endless!

Discover a World of Adventure in Central Idaho

Make the most of your visit to the Gem State at Triangle C Cabins. Our rustic cabins provide an authentic stay in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains, so you can feel like you’re roughing it in the wilderness. Don’t worry; we offer plenty of modern amenities to make sure you have a convenient and comfortable experience. Once you leave your cozy cabin, you can head out and explore all of the incredible outdoor activities in our area with one of our Adventure Bundles! These include ATV rentals, hiking excursions, and of course, a whitewater rafting package. You also receive complimentary access to all of the activities at the Redfish Lake Lodge!

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Start planning your Sawtooth getaway today by booking one of our cabins! We look forward to welcoming you to the Redfish family.