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Rafting Trip - Middle Fork Salmon

Trip Highlights:

 --   Fun and exciting whitewater rafting for 6-days through the River of No Return Wilderness.

 --   Perfect range of whitewater experience from exhilarating to relaxing.

 --   Sit back and relax in our big lounge rafts or get involved in a paddle raft or inflatable kayak.

 --   Unrivaled beauty of this expansive wilderness area is sure to impress!

 --   Deluxe camps complete with full size tents, cots, hot showers and family style dining.

Rafting on the Middle Fork Salmon
“The optimal river vacation!” This is the best way to describe a Helfrich River Outfitters, Middle Forkof the Salmon River Rafting Trip in Idaho.  On this six-day, five-night, deluxe whitewater rafting adventure, guests will travel 100 miles through the Frank Church Wilderness and drop 3,000 feet in elevation.  The elevation change throughout the trip makes each day unique with a multitude of exhilarating, fast moving rapids and beautiful scenery changes.  Each day on the river offers a wide variety of experiences to choose from including a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs or an exciting hike to Native American pictographs and hidden waterfalls.

Wilsons on the Middle Fork SalmonSit back and relax in one of our comfortable oar rafts as your expert guide maneuvers it through the challenging whitewater.  These large, stable rafts are set up with a couch like seat and back rest across the front of the boat, providing a cush front row seat from which to experience the river.  If you are looking 
Middle Fork Salmon Rafting Tappan Falls
for a little added excitement, you can opt to try out one of the inflatable 

Rafting groups of six or more people ca
n also request to add a paddle raft on the trip.  Paddle rafts are a great way to experience the river in a more active way.  kayaks and take on the waves in your own boat.  The inflatable kayaks are small, one-person boats that you run with a paddle as you follow the rafts down the rapids and power yourself through the waves. 

Everyone in the paddle raft works as a team, at the instruction of the guide, to propel and maneuver the raft through the thrilling whitewater.  

The abundant activities available to guests on this trip are sure to keep everyone engaged and excited throughout the week, while also allowing the perfect amount of relaxation; providing a truly enjoyable vacation.

Helfrich River Outfitters, Inc. is operated under special use permit with the Salmon-Challis National Forest.  Helfrich River Outfitters, Inc.is an equal opportunity provider.
Camping with Helfrich Outfitters on the Middle Fork is better labeled as ‘Glamping’, or glamorous camping, because of the deluxe accommodations that are provided at every campsite. Upon arriving in camp each afternoon, guests can expect everything to be set up and ready for them to enjoy. Each of our spacious tents accommodates 2 guests with comfortable cots and air pads for sleeping. The site is equipped with dining tables, lounge chairs, a hot shower, warm water wash station, hand washing facilities, a privacy toilet, ice and cocktail table, and a complete kitchen.

When guests arrive in camp they can pick a tent, grab a cold drink, munch on appetizers, relax and enjoy activities around camp. Each trip is focused on the customer’s interests and guides are available to lead activities by request. The afternoons and evenings provide plenty of time for additional fishing, swimming, hiking, artifact hunting, photography, playing games, soaking in hot springs, reading a good book with toes in the water or just relaxing and watching the river float by.

The gourmet food on the Middle Fork makes this trip even more inviting. All meals are prepared in Dutch ovens and on the barbeque over open coals. Fresh baked Dutch oven breads, made from scratch, are prepared each day along with top quality meats and fish. Each meal is accompanied by plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Duel entree dinners and a wide variety of side dishes provide great options at each meal. If there is any room left in ones stomach after the evening’s premier event, a delightful dessert is sure to follow.

Riverside lunches of freshly made salads, fresh fruits and rich sandwich spreads are prepared each day on a shaded river bank. Lunch stops are a great time to relax in a lounge chair in the shade, go for a swim, lay out for a sun tan, read a good book or explore the surrounding area.
The Middle Fork river canyon offers an abundance of activities and sightseeing opportunities for guests of all ages.
This Trip is All About You! Make Sure You Get to Experience it All!

Horseback Riding:

Add a little extra fun and excitement to your trip by including a horseback ride along the river. On a chosen day of your float, a seasoned horse wrangler from the Loon Creek Ranch will meet our group along the riverbank with a string of saddled riding horses, ready to lead you on a beautiful ride down the river trail. Spend a few hours riding through the river corridor with the stunning views of the river and the surrounding canyon. Boats will follow along on the river and meet you at the end of your ride to continue your float. Guests can choose to to a morning ride out of camp or an afternoon ride into camp. Average cost is $100 per person.


Each day our guests have the chance to experience wonderful activities both on and off the river. Guests who would like to be more physically active will love the abundant hiking opportunities on trails both along the river and away from the river to visit unique sites. Hikes along the river will take you to stunning waterfalls, natural hot springs, native american historical sights and old homesteads.
Many of our guests choose to hike out of camp after breakfast each morning. These morning hikes are the perfect time to get out and experience the river canyon with it's gorgeous views of the river. While your guides pack up camp and finish dishes, you can hike down river on the established Middle Fork River Trail to a chosen location and your guide will float down and pick you up. Many morning hikes will take you to hot springs, historical sights, pictographs or just a nice hike in the canyon. Mornings are the best time to hike before the sun hits the water and air temperatures get too warm on the sunny slopes. The length of your hikes is up to you. Some guests prefer to only hike a mile or so while other guests choose to hike much more.
We also have short hiking opportunities available throughout the day where we can visit natural and historical sights such as stunning water falls, hot springs, tributary fishing, side canyons, native american camps, pictographs, old mines, caves and lots more. There is also an opportunity to visit an open working ranch called the Flying B. The Flying B offers a fun stop where you can sit and relax in the shade and shop at their little store for things like souvenirs, ice cream or even a cold beer. We try hard to accommodate each guests interests and are happy to make your trip everything you want it to be.

Hot Springs:

The Middle Fork is known for it's natural hot springs. These hot springs are places where hot water naturally bubbles up from the earth and provides warm pools abundant in minerals. From natural rock pools and hot waterfalls to a handmade wooden tub, each of the five best hot springs along the river is unique and offers a great chance to relax and soak in the hot mineral water. Be sure to experience some or all of these warm relaxing springs during your river trip.

Historical Sights:

Well before people began visiting the Middle Fork for recreation, it was home to the Sheepeater Indian tribe and later minors and homesteaders. The Middle Fork of the Salmon no longer has people living along it's banks however there are still many native american camps and homestead sights still noticeable. During your trip we would love to share these historical sights with you and tell the fun stories that go along with them.
Dates & Prices '17

Middle Fork Salmon River - 6 Day, 5 Night Trips

Middle Fork Salmon trips are 6 days and 5 nights and cover up to 100 miles of river. Prices are all-inclusive. Each boat is fully equipped with lifejackets and each fishing boat is equip with all necessary fishing rods, tackle and flies. Fishing license is not included in the trip cost. Enjoy the comfort and class of our custom drift boats, fishing rafts and whitewater rafts.

Fly Fishing:
Drift boats and fishing rafts must be booked as double occupancy.

- Combination Fishing & Rafting trips available by request and for large groups. Trips are all customizable and groups can design their own trip by choosing the number of fishing and rafting spots on their trip.
- Raft trips with groups of 6 or more have the option of a paddle raft.
- Additional $4/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee will be charged on all Middle Fork trips.

3% of the company’s adjusted gross revenues are for a land use fee for operating commercially on National Forest Lands.

Prices are subject to change annually.

Trip Dates:
June 7-11 (5 or 6 days) - Lodging Available
June 16-21
June 25-30
July 3-8
July 11-16
July 19-24
July 27-Aug 1
August 4-9
August 12-17
August 20-25
Aug 28- Sep 2

September 5-day trips also available

Lower water levels later in the season may require trip launch location to change. These trips require an additional flight in to a backcountry airstrip. Additional flight costs are not included in trip price. All booking and arrangement details for these flights will be handled for you; it is easy and affordable. Fishing rafts may be used in place of drift boats on any trips.