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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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Protecting Spawning Salmon & Redds

The Middle Fork of the Salmon is one of the few remaining viable spawning rivers for Chinook salmon in the Columbia River basin. These fish are critical to the health of the Middle Fork and adjacent lands and they are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Use and visitation to the Middle Fork during the spawning period of August 15 – September 15 is allowed but special Forest Service restrictions apply.

Middle Fork river outfitters are in the forefront in taking steps to protect and enhance Chinook salmon recovery. Our outfitter and guides diligently support and adhere to the following guidelines and we encourage other river users to join us in efforts to protect spawning Chinook salmon and their redds.

Before Launching

  • Obtain current info from Forest Service checkers.
  • Know locations of Redds.
  • Understand and recognize the placement of redd markers.
  • Obtain briefing from the volunteer monitor or checkers.
  • Inform passengers of redd rules.

While Boating

  • Avoid redds to protect eggs and spawning fish.
  • No fishing for Salmon. Leave them alone.
  • Stay at least 25 feet away from all redds.
  • No wading, fishing, casting, or boating near redds.
  • Obey marker protocol.

More Information

Note to the Press

For more information about Chinook Salmon recovery, please contact Grant Simonds, Executive Director of the Middle Fork Outfitters Association. Telephone: 1-208-867-2138.