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The Wild River State

Only a few outfits are licensed to launch a trip each day. To learn who will be starting a trip on the the date you want, click the calendar feature below.

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Non-Commercial Permit Information

non-commercialNon-commercial permits allow people who own their own equipment to boat the Middle Fork on their own. Individuals looking to do a private trip must obtain a permit from the Forest Service. Non-commercial permits are allocated annually through a computerized lottery system, which accepts applications December 1 through January 31 each year. To look for any available permits, or to apply to the lottery, visit www.recreation.gov and search for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. For information about permit requirements contact:

Middle Fork Ranger District
311 N US 93 Highway
HC 63 Box 1669
Challis, ID 83226
email: middlefork@fs.fed.us
(208) 879-4101

8:00 am – 4:30 pm – Information

Sources of Equipment and Services

Below is a partial list of suppliers and services you will find helpful in planning a private Middle Fork trip. If you have a service or business that caters to the needs of private boaters, let us know and we’ll try to include you when we update this list.

Sources of Local Information and Equipment
Stanley-Sawtooth Ch. of Commerce
Box 8
Stanley, Idaho 83278
Local accomodations, restaurants, community information.
Weather Underground Current Stanley weather.
USGS River Flow Data Middle Fork flow information.
Merchandise, Books, Maps, Fly Fishing Gear
P.O. Box 148
Stanley, ID 83278
Clothing, maps, books, wetsuit rentals, paddle boat and oar boat rental. Located next to the Mountain Village Lodge.
McCoys Tackle & Gift Shop
40 Ace of Diamonds Street
Stanley, ID 83278
Fly fishing gear, fising licenses, current fishing information. An authorized Orvis dealer.
Air and Ground Shuttles
River Shuttles
512 Guleke Street
Salmon, ID 83467
Private vehicle shuttles to Cache Bar and Salmon. Van transportation.
Caldwell Transportation
P.O. Box 366
Stanley, ID 83278
1-208-774-2265 or 1-800-727-9925
Private vehicle shuttles to Cache Bar and Salmon as well as bus shuttles from Stanley to put-in and from take-out.
Gem Air
29 Hamner Dr.
Salmon, ID 83467
Air shuttles to Stanley, Salmon, McCall. Backcountry passenger and gear flights.
Sawtooth Flying Service
1-800-798-6105 or 208-630-3646
Flights throughout Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
Scott Patrick
Boise, ID 83705
(208) 383-3323
Private flights in or out of the Middle Fork canyon.
Sawtooth Transportation Vehicle shuttles from Boise, Stanley, Salmon, McCall, Sun Valley, Twin Falls, and points between.
Middle Fork Aviation
P.O. Box 656
Challis, ID 83226
Backcountry aviation services out of Challis, Idaho.
Equipment Suppliers
2009 S. Main St.
Moscow, ID 83843
NRS and Aire rafts and kayaking gear. Complete line of river equipment including lifevests, wetsuits, commissary and camping items.
Cascade Outfitters
604 E. 45th Street
Boise, Idaho 83714
Maravia and Aire rafts, inflatable kayaks and river equipment including camping and kitchen gear.
2021 E. Wilson Lane
Meridian, ID 83642
Offering a wide selection of rafts, catarafts, inflatable kayaks and accessories for your next wilderness adventure.
Raft and Kayak Rentals
Blackadar Boating
Salmon, ID 83467
Raft rentals, vehicle shuttles.
White Otter Raft Rental
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
Raft rentals for the Middle Fork, Main Salmon, and Selway.
Mountain Village Lodge Stanley, Idaho hotel.
Stanley High Country Inn Stanley, Idaho hotel.
Stage Coach Inn Salmon, Idaho hotel.
Salmon River Motel Salmon, Idaho hotel.
County Sheriff Phone Numbers
Valley County Sheriff
Custer County Sheriff
Lemhi County Sheriff
Medical Facilities
Salmon River Emergency Clinic
1 Niece Street
Stanley, ID 83278
Emergency clinic in Stanley.
St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Ctr.
100 Hospital Drive
Ketchum, ID 83340
Medical facility in Sun Valley / Ketchum.
Steele Memorial Hospital
203 Daisy Street
Salmon, ID 83467
Medical facility in Salmon.
Dr. Kenny Rogers
Salmon Valley Dental Clinic
1005 Main Street
Salmon, Idaho 83467
(208) 756-4940
Salmon, Idaho dentist.
Private Boater Organizations and Blogs
Idaho Whitewater Association Idaho’s largest private organization.
Middle Fork Salmon Information More private boating information.
Oregon Whitewater Association Oregon’s private boater organization.
Oregon Rafting Private boating in Oregon and Idaho.
River Conservation Groups
American Whitewater River conservation organization.
Idaho Rivers United Idaho’s river conservation organization