The Middle Fork of the Salmon River

It’s safe to say that the Middle Fork of the Salmon is one of the top rated rafting trips and one of the most sought-after float permits in the west. Rafting parties launch in the alpine forests near the Sawtooth range of central Idaho, and ride the Middle Fork highway as it winds its way down and to the north, through the heart of the Frank Church Wilderness. Challenging rapids, great campsites, crystal clear hot springs, historical artifacts, cutthroat trout, and wonderful wilderness vistas abound. It's common for trips in the late summer to fly into the airstrip at Indian Creek and launch there to avoid shallow sections in the upper 25 miles of the run.

Put-In: Boundary Creek (or Indian Creek)

Take-Out: Cache Bar (on the Main Salmon)

Miles: 96

Managing Agency: USFS Salmon-Challis Ranger District

Campsites: Middle Fork Salmon Campsites