What You Need to Know Before Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Central Idaho is rich with natural beauty. From the Sawtooth Mountain Range to the many lakes and waterfalls dotting the landscapes, you’re never far from a stunning sight. There are many ways to explore the mountains, valleys, and forests of our gorgeous region, but a rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is the most unforgettable journey in the area. You’ll encounter all of the sights and sounds of the Sawtooths, abundant wildlife on the shores (and in the air), and of course, plenty of thrills from the world-class rapids! You can continue your adventure through Central Idaho after your rafting trip with tips, recommendations, and info from our free Vacation Guide!

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Your Guide to Rafting on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Why Raft the Middle Fork of the Salmon River?

Calling all adventurers! If you’re looking for the ultimate excursion through some of the most scenic landscapes in the country, you’ll find it right here in our mountainous region of Central Idaho! The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is a 104-mile stretch of the Salmon River that weaves through. There are over 100 raftable rapids in the Middle Fork that mostly range from Class III to Class IV in the level of difficulty. The sheer beauty along the banks of the river is unbelievable, and rafters will see everything from steep rocky cliffs jutting up into the sky to densely packed mountainside forests of pine, spruce, and fir trees.

Most rafting trips stop at one of the six natural hot springs along the river that sit anywhere from 100 feet to a mile and a half away from the river bank. Below is a little insight into who you should take a trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River with during your time in Stanley!

Rocky Mountain River Tours

Rocky Mountain River Tours offers an extensive list of river excursions through Central Idaho. You can choose between a four-day, five-day, and six-day rafting adventure in addition to two fly fishing tours. If you don’t want to partake in a full-scale multi-day trip, the Sawtooth Adventure Company features day trips that are perfect for those that want a taste of Salmon River (even if it’s not the Middle Fork).

Four-Day and Five-Day Rafting Trips

There are only two four and five-day rafting trips down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, one at the beginning of June and one in July. You’ll experience high water on this rafting adventure where you’ll see blooming foliage, relax in a hot spring, and experience several post-winter waterfalls gushing in the mountains.

Six-Day Trip

Rocky Mountain River Tours offers an extensive list of dates for six-day excursions during peak season on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. You’ll get to dive into their delicious Dutch-oven cuisine on this week-long adventure where it’s just you, the rushing water, and the starry night sky. They also offer several fish and raft trips in August and September.  

Tip: While packing for your trip to Stanley, make sure you bring multiple layers and non-cotton clothing if you’re planning on going whitewater rafting.

Choose Your Redfish Lake Lodge Accommodation!Cabin 29 bed at Redfish Lake Lodge

Redfish Lake Lodge is the perfect place to call home during your Central Idaho adventure! Our accommodations border picturesque Redfish Lake, where boating, hiking, biking, and plenty of family fun lies around every corner! After a day of whitewater rafting, you can kick back and enjoy live music on our front lawn or take a sunset appetizer cruise on the lake! The opportunities are endless here!

Take a look at all of the great activities on our property and book your getaway today! You can also check availability at Triangle C Cabins, Stanley High Country Inn, and Redfish Riverside Inn for a unique stay in Stanley! We look forward to welcoming you to Central Idaho!