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01 Middle Fork of the Salmon


Float Permit Availability Information:

Reservations for Pre and Post-season float permits (before May 28 and after Sept. 3) on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River (limit of 7 per day) become available annually on October 1st at 10:00 am Eastern time (8 am Mountain).

Lottery Applications for Middle Fork of the Salmon River Lottery Control Season launch reservations (May 28-Sept. 3) are accepted annually from December 1 until midnight Eastern time January 31. Find hydrographs, lottery statistics, calendars, equipment requirements and more at: Four Rivers Lottery. Boaters should try to anticipate high and low water levels and access issues before submitting an application or reserving a launch date.

Cancellations: Please continue to check this site for cancelled reservations. Cancelled launch dates are released at a random time within 24 hours of submission. After March 15th, the Middle Fork will not re-issue cancellations for launches occurring Aug. 15 through Sept. 15. Groups will also be limited to 12 craft per permit for these launch dates.

Want to know more about floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon River? Learn about the camp request process, trip requirements, see a list of river camps and more at: Floating the Middle Fork.

Minimize your impact on Spawning Chinook: Redds will be marked with flagging; move away from the flagged side of the river, floating as far away as safely possible. Move past as quickly as possible. Float quietly; minimize rowing and paddling. Avoid floating over or trampling redds.

OBTAIN YOUR PERMIT and camp assignments by presenting your confirmation email to the Indian Creek launch personnel during office hours, 8 am to 4:30 pm daily. Do not leave Indian Creek without your permit. Indian Creek will issue permits until noon on Oct. 14th. Boaters flying into Indian Creek must have an employee check all boats before they go into the eddy. Employees are not available after the office closes. If you are launching DOWNSTREAM of Indian Creek Guard Station, or will arrive after the office closes on 10/14, contact the Middle Fork Ranger District at 208-879-4101 at least 3 work days prior to your launch date. You will need to get your permit before launching.

Permit Availability

River Description

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.


A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
W: Available at the Facility
R: Reserved
C: Closed
X: Not available
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