The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is “Universally Regarded”
as the Greatest Wilderness Whitewater River in the World!
And it is easy to understand why!
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River boasts over 100 miles of free flowing CRYSTAL CLEAR in the very heart of the largest federally protected wilderness area in the continental United States, the famous Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness in Central Idaho.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is the very flagship of our nation’s protected Wild and Scenic Rivers and was one of the original rivers so christened in 1968! The U.S. Forest Service now regulates this treasure and very strictly limits the issuance of the very coveted permits. So for those fortunate enough to find entry, they can expect amazing solitude and adventure!
The Middle Fork is formed by the confluence of Marsh Creek and Bear Valley Creek at the southern end of the wilderness at over 6,000 feet near Stanley, Idaho. It progresses in a generally northern direction through the heart of the wilderness as it picks up volume and speed in its 100 mile odyssey, dropping 3,000 vertical feet and tripling in volume as tributaries contribute their power! Ever changing, ever alive!
The white water on the Middle Fork is world renowned. There are over 300 ratable rapids on its descent but none that is rated more than a class IV. Which means it provides wonderful adrenaline fodder for thrill seekers while never stretching the safety limits of professional operators like Adventure Sun Valley or filtering out guests who desire a world class adventure but are not by nature reckless in their leisure activities!
Adventure Sun Valley boasts over 18 years of continuous adventure with no significant river induced guest injuries. We will help you find the perfect fit of “excitement” and “comfort”. That is our specialty!
This 6 day river journey offers amazing relaxation, solitude and renewal as well. Enjoy looking up at the towering granite walls while floating through stretches of calm water that lazily slip past in total silence. These warm summer hours, often drift us into memories of simpler times, full of childlike wonder and restful peace. The vistas above camps call to be explored and enjoyed. Many a heart has been touched by a sunset viewing atop a mountain peak.
The shores are bursting with life and pleasures. From expansive flats populated with giant pines that stand guard over idyllic wilderness camps, to a trail head leading to a soak in a natural hot spring or a tributary begging an explorer to come offer a dry fly to a fat cutthroat trout lying under a log, every turn of the river unfolds new wonders and adventures! The banks are alive. Every voyage is unique!
The Middle Fork of the Salmon is world renowned as a “Blue Ribbon Dry Fly Fishing” destination. The entire river is brimming with aggressive trout streaking to find their next meal. It is a tremendous pleasure to see them rise from the rocky bottom in the crystal clear water to snatch the fly on the surface and yank it to the bottom. This river is appropriate for both the beginning angler and the accomplished and we have extensive experience and joy in accommodating both!
The Middle Fork is simply the “BEST WILDERNESS WHITEWATER RIVER IN THE WORLD”
Join us on a journey through one of the most beautiful spots on earth. I personally welcome you to call or email me with questions and excited discovery of your next adventure that awaits you.