Fly Fishing Middle Fork Salmon River

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Every year, thousands of people apply to float down Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The journey runs through five National Forests in one of the last best places in America, dubbed the "River of No Return" in 1984 in honor of U.S. Senator Frank Church. Access to the Middle Fork is jealously guarded. Permits are required and they are rare, so only a few lucky explorers get to raft it every year. Thanks to Middle Fork Rapid Transit, you could be one of them!

Starting at an elevation of 5,700 feet (1,700 m) above sea level, the Middle Fork flows throw 2,500 square miles and drops down nearly 3,000 vertical feet in it's 100 miles. The world-class whitewater course travels through the heart of the Salmon River Mountains, featuring jagged granite peaks reaching 10,000 feet (3,000 m) high.

Click the image below to view a map of the river.

Map of the Middle Fork of the Snake River

Hold on for the Middle Fork's 100 Named Rapids!

The Middle Fork is rated a Class III+ river and can accommodate ages 8–80 years old! Some of the well-known rapids on the Middle Fork are Sulphur Slide, Velvet Falls, the Chutes, Power House, Pistol Creek, Tappan Falls, Red Side, Weber, Cliffside, Rubber, Hancock and Devil's Tooth. All of these rapids range from class III+ to class IV (on a scale of I to VI), with Dagger Falls being the only class V on the Middle Fork. Dagger Falls is just above the put-in of the Middle Fork, which is on Boundary Creek.