Come Rafting in Idaho with Kort & James in 2019!

In September of 2018 we accepted an invitation from Middle Fork River Expeditions to host a group of 22 fans and friends rafting down the middle fork of the Salmon river in Idaho. The river and it's scenery was breath taking, the guides were brilliant, the food was mouth watering and the companionship was in a word....healing!

It's with full confidence in the river's ability to invigorate and restore that we are embarking on not one but two rafting trips in 2019. Our first will be on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River Sept 1-6th. The second trip will be on the Main Stem of the Salmon River Sept 7-12th.

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Middle Fork Salmon River rafting trip Stanley, ID. September 1-6, 2019. 

$2499 per person ($2299 kids)


Main Stem of the Salmon River rafting trip Salmon, ID. September 7-12, 2019.

$2099 per person ($1799 kids)

with Middle Fork River Expeditions

  • A 6 day world-class whitewater rafting adventure
  • Class II/III+ rapids on gin-clear water thru canyons deeper than Grand Canyon
  • Soak in riverside hot springs along both rivers
  • World Class Fly Fishing opportunities
  • Choose your craft – oar-powered rafts, inflatable kayaks, paddle rafts & stand up paddle boards (SUP) available
  • Idaho licensed professional river guides are first aid and swiftwater rescue V certified
  • We supply everything (roomy tents, large rectangular sleeping bags, 2″ sleeping pad, camp pillow and 3 dry bags/guest. You just bring your personal items
  • Gourmet river cuisine with home-made ingredients. Gluten free and vegetarian options available

Come join us in one of the most untouched wild places in the lower 48. Much like our Ireland tours, these trips are limited to 22 guests. We will have 6 river guides  who take care of all the daily ins and outs of the voyage.

Middle Fork River Expeditions, a licensed and bonded outfitter in the state of Idaho, has run safe and well-managed river trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon since 1953.

Our guide, Mike Bachman, navigating the Middle Fork.

We'll be taking five rafts, one for paddling, one for trout fishing folk, three for floating and 4 yellow inflatable kayak (duckies). Everyone gets a chance to ride all of the boats. Based on the itinerary we have been given, the pacing of the week seems perfect. We don't start most mornings on the river until around 10am. The staff is up around 6am making a fire and putting on the coffee. Plenty of time for a morning hike or extra fishing . We stop each day for a very leisurely lunch. In the afternoon we arrive most days at our camp by 4 or 5pm latest. And of course, after dinner  we will have fireside song circle.

The Middle Fork  trip begins from Stanley, ID. Folks can drive, or fly into Boise ID and hire a shuttle or car pool in a car rental.

The Main Stem trip begins in Salmon, ID. and folks can fly in to Missoula, MT or Boise, ID and hire a shuttle or car pool in a car rental to get to Salmon.

 We meet the night before for a pre-trip meeting and get our dry bags. The trip begins at 8am Sept 1st or Sept 7th and ends the afternoon of Sept 6th or the 12th. Additional costs are tips for the guides, and if water levels are low a $130 charge to be flown to a remote put-in spot.

The rafting company provides a tent, cozy sleeping bag, pillow, and dry bags for your clothes and a smaller dry bag for a day bag (change of clothes) along with rain gear. They provide all the food you can eat.

You must have a good level of fitness and balance as you will be getting in and out of the raft while it is bobbing and you will be stepping onto wet rocks that are slippery. There are also some medium level hiking outings.

So consider coming with us to share the magic of the river, songs around a fire, and loads of laughter, and friendship.  Send us an email if you are interested at or you can make a reservation directly with MRFE by calling 1-800-801-5146 or visit the website here:

Which trip to choose?

You can’t go wrong with which river you choose for your vacation.  Both rivers are amazing and you cannot make a bad choice.  The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is more adult appropriate and the Main Stem of the Salmon River is more family friendly.  Here are a few things that set them apart.

Main Stem of the Salmon River

  1. Large Sandy beaches for camping.  The middle fork is mostly rocky camps.  Kids play in the sand all day.
  2. Water temps are over 75+F by August, which ideal for swimming.
  3. Pool and drop rapids, so can swim and float in river in calm sections of the river. The middle fork has too many rocks so you can only swim in a few spots and it’s around 60-70+F.
  4. Many historic sites along river, including Yellow Pine Bar, Campbells’ Ferry and Buckskin Bill’s. You meet 3 couples who are living here and they have amazing stories to tell.
  5. Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is ideal on the Main Stems of the Salmon River, often dubbed the best SUP river in the world for it’s fun and easy wave trains.
  6. Home of the Best Hot Springs on the Salmon River: Barth Hot Springs.
  7. You can catch fish and eat them, Middle Fork is all catch and release.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River

  1. Continuous 100+ rapids for 100 miles.  In comparison the Main Stem of the Salmon River has around 50+ rapids.  The rapids are more technical on the Middle Fork.
  2. There are no motor jet boats on the Middle Fork, you see them about once a day on the Main Stem.  This is a non-issue for most people.
  3. Has 6 hot springs compared to 2 on the Main Stem.
  4. Veil Falls- One of the most amazing waterfalls you will ever experience.
  5. Logistics on getting to meeting point for the Middle Fork are easier than the Main Stem of the Salmon River.
  6. Designated camps so you know where you will camp each night.  The Main Stem has some reservable camps but many are first come, first serve.

Middle Fork of the Salmon River

An Idaho whitewater rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is second to none and is known as “The Best River in the World”. The Middle Fork Salmon River is a true wilderness trip… it’s the the largest, most remote, roadless and unspoiled Wilderness Area in the US. It also incises through America’s third deepest river canyon and is the headwaters of the longest free flowing river in the US. The Middle Fork of the Salmon offers 100 miles of Wild and Scenic free-flowing river and over 350 rapids, class I-IV.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon provides the ideal setting for a whitewater rafting trip as it flows entirely through protected wilderness lands — the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. See primitive America — unspoiled and beautiful. Explore ancient Indian caves and pictographs and a hermit’s homestead, enjoy blue ribbon cutthroat trout fishing, soak in natural hot water springs. View many kinds of wildlife — bighorn sheep, river otter, Golden eagles, elk, deer, beaver, osprey and moose.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is one of a few choice rivers designated by Congress as “Wild & Scenic” in 1968. This ensures it will remain forever as it is now — crystal clear, wild and free, with no dams, roads, or pollution. Nothing is allowed to spoil the land or your experience.

Main Stem of the Salmon River

The Main Stem of the Salmon River is the longest undammed river in the U.S., and also boasts the second deepest canyon. The Main Stem of the Salmon River offers free-flowing Class III whitewater that’s great for any age and experience level, big sandy beaches perfect for camping and playing, beautiful mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, and a natural hot spring are all hallmarks of the Main Stem of the Salmon River.  The river is the perfect trip for families, as the water is warmer and the sand bars are huge for camping and playing games. Perhaps inappropriately dubbed the “River of No Return” by early river runners, the Main Stem of the Salmon is in fact a river you’ll want to return to again and again.