MIDDLE FORK OF THE SALMON (4 Rivers), ID
01 Middle Fork of the Salmon
Float Permit Availability Information:
Reservations for Pre and/or 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 or low water levels and access issues before submitting an application or reserving a launch date.
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.
Want to know more about floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon River? Learn about the camp request process, trip and equipment requirements, see a list of river camps and more at: Floating the Middle Fork.
OBTAIN YOUR PERMIT by contacting the Middle Fork Ranger District at 208-879-4102 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 are stored 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.
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.