MIDDLE FORK OF THE SALMON (4 Rivers), ID
01 Middle Fork of the Salmon
OBTAIN YOUR PERMIT and camp assignments by presenting your confirmation email to the Boundary or Indian Creek launch personnel during office hours, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm daily. Have an employee check your boats before they go into the eddy. Employees are not available after the office closes. Do not launch without your permit.
If you are launching DOWNSTREAM of Indian Creek Guard Station, contact the Middle Fork Ranger District at 208-879-4101 at least 3 work days prior to your launch date.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is 104 miles of free-flowing wild & scenic river in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The Middle Fork is a non-motorized floating experience, with many technical Class III and IV rapids, and is known for its scenic beauty and crystal clear whitewater.
Originating 20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, the Middle Fork flows northeast through the remote and rugged mountains of Central Idaho, and was one of the original eight rivers in the nation designated as Wild and Scenic on October 2, 1968. The Middle Fork is administered by the Forest Service under a permit system to protect the resource and the experience from over-use.
Know Before You Go:
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is usually not floated November 1 - March 31 due to winter conditions, low water levels, and access difficulties. Ice and snow bridges are to be expected on the river and its tributaries. In the Spring, road access to the Middle Fork is usually blocked by snowdrifts and trees across the road. Depending on the amount of snow and the spring weather and temperatures, the road to Boundary Creek may not open until sometime in early June. High water levels are also a concern once the runoff begins.
Reservable Boundary Creek Campground Sites: There are 5 sites that can be reserved for June 15 through August 15th; the remaining 10 sites are first-come, first-served. To reserve a site for your trip, click Boundary Creek Campground Reservations.