Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Middle Fork Wilderness Outfitters Unique?
We are a small company that specializes in running the Middle Fork of the Salmon. We ensure a full-service river expedition where every detail is thought of and taken care of for you. We take only 23 guests and 7+ experienced guides, which is fewer guests and more guides compared to other outfitters. We also take a large "sweep" boat that goes ahead of the group on most of our trips, with all the gear on board so that when you arrive in camp, tents are set up, the bar is ready for cocktails and the appetizers and gourmet dinner are underway!
How many people/rafts go on each trip? Can I book a private trip?
We take a maximum of 23 guests and 7+ guides, a better ratio for service than most other outfitters offer. Many of our trips are made up of private groups that book the entire trip. We work closely with these groups and any special occasion they might be celebrating to make sure we accommodate all their needs. Private groups should reserve a date early. We offer 10% discounts for groups of 10 or more.
Do you have discounts/specials?
We offer 10% discount to students during our prime season, 5% discount to seniors (62 & over) and 10% discount for groups of 10-23. Families and groups of four or more receive a discount of 10%. These discounts are only applicable for trips scheduled for June 4, 13 and 22 as well as August 9, 17 and 25.
What is the best time of year to go on the Middle Fork?
Every trip date is different and has something to offer. Early June has the biggest whitewater with cooler weather; Late June through August offers warm weather and fun navigation. Late August and September offers the best fishing. October trips are reserved for specialty fly-fishing and bird-hunting trips.
When should I make a reservation?
Although there may be some last minute openings, trips typically start to fill up a year in advance so it is best to book early for the best selection of trip dates. Call us anytime to check availability 800-726-0575. We ask for a $400 deposit per person to reserve your space.
What ages are appropriate for the Middle Fork?
We have taken kids as young as age 3; this will depend upon each individual child and the time of year. We have taken active seniors in their 80's as well! The Middle Fork promises to be the adventure of a lifetime for all ages!
Do I have to paddle? What kind of boats do you have?
We offer oar boats in which the guide is rowing and you are free to relax or fish, paddle rafts for guests tp paddle and maneuver through the rapids with a guide in back, and up to six inflatable kayaks for solo use. You will have the opportunity to try any or all of the raft types throughout the week so you can experience the Middle Fork whichever way you please!
Can I Fish?
We strongly encourage you fish. The Middle Fork of the Salmon is one of America's premier rivers for native cutthroat trout. The fishery is preserved by strict fishing regulations. The river and tributaries are catch and release with single barbless hooks and no bait fishing.
For needed gear, bring fly-rods between #2 and #6 weight as well as 4X to 5X tippet material. Dry flies that work well include: Stone or Salmon fly imitations, Elkhair Caddis, Hoppers, Turks Tarantulas, Madam X's and Parachute Adams. Suggested lures include: Mepps #2, Roostertails and Small-Spinners.
For the avid enthusiast, we charter private fishing boats on any of our launch dates. The cost of the private fishing boat is $700 per person with a 2-person minimum. Idaho fishing licenses are required and can be purchased online through the Department of Fish and Game, 1-800-554-8685 or visiting www.fishandgame.idaho.gov.
What is the food like? Do you accommodate medical dietary needs?
We take great pride in our menu. Prepared from the freshest ingredients, all of our meals are sure to satisfy anyone's tastes. Breakfasts include egg dishes, meats, fruits, fresh baked pastries and cereal choices. Lunches are always comprised of a beautiful “spread” of meats, cheeses, breads, fresh salads, fruits, chips and treats. Evenings in camp always start off with appetizers. And dinners feature savory grilled meats, chicken or fish along with fresh salads, vegetables, a variety of side dishes and Dutch oven specialties such as fresh-baked bread and desserts. Please let us know if you have any medical dietary needs, and we will try to accommodate it.
In additon to food, we serve juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate for breakfast; juices and ice tea for lunch; and quality red and white wines for dinner. We also always have plenty of drinking water available. During happy hour, we provide a limited supply of beer. You are welcome to bring liquor or additional beer on the trip, please talk to us about it upon confirmation of your reservation.
Do I need to bring anything?
We provide all the comfortable camping supplies, food and river gear designed for a safe trip. But you'll need to bring clothes and a few other personal items. To make sure you have everything you'll need (and to keep you from overpacking), see our complete list of items to bring here.
Is there a toilet? Shower?
A portable potty is set up each afternoon at camp with a privacy tent. It is typically located in a private place away from camp. A paddle will be left on the trail to the potty to signal occupancy-when you go to use the potty, you take the paddle with you and bring it back when you are finished! The potty is for solids. For urinating, the Forest Service has requested that we urinate directly into the river or in the wet sand near the river-“Dilution is the Solution” is the motto. Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will always be set up.
We will provide and fill solar showers during your trip, all bathing must be done at least 150 ft away from any water source and above the high water line. Our guides will assist in finding a great shower spot for you at camp.
Can I use a cell phone? Can I be reached in case of an emergency?
There is no cellular phone service on or near the river. We carry a satellite phone for emergency use and to check messages. Please leave our office number 1-800-726-0575 with your family or friends that may need emergency contact with you during the week, we will check messages from our satellite phone a minimum of once during the trip.