Thank you for choosing Middle Fork River Tours as your host to the most pristine wilderness river in the country. We are thrilled to have you aboard and hope the following information will be helpful as you plan for your adventure vacation with us. We start and finish our June/July trips from the beautiful mountain hamlet of Stanley, Idaho and for the month of August, Salmon, Idaho. Feel free to contact us with any questions, we are happy to help in any way with travel logistics or extended Idaho vacation plans.
Your trip will begin in Stanley, Idaho, located approximately 135 miles east of Boise via Highway 21, and 60 miles north of Sun Valley via Highway 75. Please contact the Mountain Village Lodge in Stanley for overnight accommodations before and after the trip. Their phone number is 1-800-843-5475 or visit them online at www.mountainvillage.com, let them know you are floating with us. You will need room reservations for the night before your scheduled launch and also for the night that we get off the river. Make your reservations as soon as possible as the Mountain Village Lodge fills up quickly for the summer season.
We will greet you for a pre-trip orientation meeting at 6PM the evening before your scheduled launch in the breeze way at the Mountain Village Lodge. At this time we will give you your waterproof duffel bags, show you how to pack, go over our low-impact camping routine, arrange car (if you are not riding the bus back to Stanley) and flight shuttles (for low or high water), and answer any last minute questions.
We will leave Stanley at 8 AM the morning of the launch meeting by the MFRT bus located in the parking lot of the Mountain Village Lodge. Depending on water conditions, we will either take the bus to the river put in at Boundary Creek or fly in to Indian Creek, mile 25 on the river. Transportation will be provided back to Stanley after the trip, arriving at the Mountain Village Lodge between 5:30 and 6:30 PM on the last day. You will need to get a form from the Mountain Village office and pay $15 to leave your vehicle for the week. Any extra luggage can be stored in our secure lock room beneath the hotel.
Your trip will begin in Salmon, Idaho, approximately 2.5 hours south of Missoula, MT via Highway 93, and 2.5 hours from Sun Valley via Highway 75 to 93. Please contact The Stagecoach Inn in Salmon for your overnight accommodation before the trip. You will be back in Salmon early enough to drive or fly to your next destination if you choose, otherwise plan on staying the night you get off the river as well. Their number is 208-756-2919 or visit their website at www.stagecoachinnmotel.com. Say you are staying with Middle Fork River Tours.
We will meet you for orientation at 6PM the evening before your scheduled launch on the lawn by the river at the Stagecoach Inn. We will issue rain gear, overnight bags, and arrange payment for flight to Indian Creek. Cost for flight from Salmon to Indian Creek is $150 per person. We will provide transportation back to Salmon after your trip. Plan on being back to Salmon by 3pm the day your trip ends. If water levels are high enough to go from Boundary Creek launch we will bus you at no extra cost. Plan on meeting the Middle Fork River Tours bus in the parking lot of the Stagecoach at 8AM for departure. You may leave your car at the Stagecoach Inn for the week at no extra charge. Any extra luggage may be stored at the Stagecoach Inn.