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Middle Fork of the Salmon River Rules and Regulations

Conditions of the Permit

The permit holder will sign a permit affirming that they have read and understand the definition of a private float trip. The permit holder is then authorized to enter onto the Middle Fork of the Salmon Wild & Scenic River subject to the following conditions:

  • Permit holder signs the permit and becomes responsible for the group and must be present and accompany the group at all times while on the river.
  • Observe all local, State and Federal laws and regulations.
  • Camp in the assigned camps listed on the permit.
  • Carry and display permit upon request of any Forest Officer.
  • Carry a porta-potty with sufficient carrying capacity for the number of persons in your group. If you have a pet, you must transport out all pet feces.
  • Use a firepan or ash container to carry out all campfire ashes and charcoal. Build fires only in safe locations within a fire pan. Tend them with extreme care and completely extinguish prior to retiring for the night or leaving the area. Do not build fire rings.
  • Pick up all garbage including foil, plastic bottles, cans, cigarette butts, and pop tops, and carrying them out of the river area to a provided dump site and recycling station.
  • Do NOT use soap, not even biodegradable soap, in any stream, river, lake or hot springs.
  • Carry a mesh strainer fine enough to filter coffee grounds. This should be used to strain food particles and other materials from your dish- and gray-water.
  • Carry a bucket and a shovel for fire fighting.
  • Public nudity is prohibited.
  • The Antiquities Act prohibits the casual collection of artifacts. For this reason, we ask that you protect and leave all archeological artifacts and natural features intact. Take only pictures and memories; leave only footprints.

Passenger List

A formal, complete passenger list will be required on the day of the launch. At that time each person will be required to sign a document certifying that their trip is a private trip. A river trip is not commercial if: (1) There is a bona fide sharing of actual expenses, including transportation to and from the site; (2) The trip does not include any costs for payment of salaries or expenses of any person to help with the trip or logistics of the trip; (3) Costs shared by trip members include the costs of damaged or lost equipment, renting or buying minor equipment or the acquisition of new equipment to the advantage of an individual or an organization. Persons involved in unauthorized commercial operations are subject to fine and/or imprisonment.

Cancellation policy

Please note that this reservation is not transferable (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for medical or special circumstances; call the Middle Fork District office if you have questions about your situation).

If you cannot make the trip, you must always provide a cancellation to the reservation system; no exceptions. Cancellations should be entered at the recreation.gov as soon as possible, but have to be received no later than 21 days prior to your launch date.

There will be no exceptions to the 21-day cancellation requirements during normal water flows. When water levels exceed 5.0 feet, or if the road to Boundary Creek is not open, the time requirements may be waived, but a cancellation must always be submitted.

When submitting your cancellation, please go to your existing reservation with recreation.gov and follow the instructions.

Failure to provide timely cancellation will trigger a no-show penalty. No-show status restricts you from holding a permit on this river for three years.

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