MIDDLE FORK OF THE SALMON (4 Rivers), ID
01 Middle Fork of the Salmon
OBTAIN YOUR PERMIT by contacting the Middle Fork Ranger District at 208-879-4101 at least 3 business days prior to your launch. You must have your permit with you before you launch on the river.
Both Indian Creek and Boundary Creek offices and their water systems are closed for the season. The bottom boards of the Boundary Creek boat ramp have been removed for the winter. During the winter, the road to Boundary Creek is closed by snow and typically thaws open sometime between mid-May to mid-June.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is usually not floated during the winter months due to icy conditions, low water levels, and access difficulties. Ice and snow bridges are to be expected on the river and its tributaries. Permits are not posted on the website for December, January and February, but can be set up by contacting the District office at 208-879-4101 at least 3 working days prior. Permits are required year-round on the Middle Fork.
Spring Boaters: use the maps of redd locations to help you avoid trampling or grounding boats near redds. Redds below Boundary Creek were marked with flagging last fall. Move as far away from the flagged side of the river as safely possible. Marsh Creek redds are not flagged; see the maps of redd locations on our Chinook Salmon page.
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.