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What is trip insurance?

To protect your investment, trip cancellation and interruption insurance are highly recommended. Please contact your travel agent to find a plan that suits your risk tolerance, health concerns, age etc.

What about cancellations?

If a reservation is canceled more than 90 days prior to the launch date, the entire deposit, less a $150/person service charge will be refunded (120 days for group/charter trips.) No refund will be made if a guest cancels the reservation less than 90 days prior to launch date.

Is there a deposit?

Yes. For guaranteed booking, we require a $600 deposit per person. Deposits can be placed with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or by check.

How early should I reserve a trip?

Make your reservation as early as possible, as trips do tend to fill up fast! For more information, please call: [phone number]

Are the mosquitoes or bugs bad?

No. Due to the arid climate, there are very few mosquitoes or other bugs on the Middle Fork. Later in the summer, we start to see yellow jacket wasps, so if you are allergic to wasp or bee stings, please let us know.

What about sanitation and toilet facilities?

We will always have a hand wash system at lunch and in camp at the kitchen and near the toilet. There are no flush toilets or pit outhouses allowed along the Middle Fork. All human waste has to be taken out with us. We are happy to preserve the banks and camps along the river and provide the best available tank portable toilets for our group.

Do you have storage for suitcases or other items we don’t want to bring on the river?

We have storage available at the hotel we’ll be staying in the night before the trip. You can leave a suitcase containing all your travel gear there the morning we depart, or you can leave it in your car.

Can I bring my cell phone or satellite phone?

Fortunately, cell phones do not work along the Middle Fork. If you must bring a satellite phone, please do not use it openly around the group. We carry a satellite phone with us for emergencies, and it’s used at the discretion of our guide crew. Many people bring their phones as cameras, though.

What about tipping the guide staff?

Our guides work really hard to provide great service. Gratuities are certainly appreciated and normally range between 10%– 20% of the trip cost. Gratuities are typically given to the lead guide back in Stanley when we say our farewells.

Do I need to bring cash?

You may want to bring cash for items that you can purchase at the store on the fourth day, or for tips for the guides.

Can beginners go on your trips?

Absolutely. The Middle Fork is a class III+ river and is great for people of all experience levels, including beginners — even at high water!

When is the best time to go?

This depends on the type of trip you are looking for. For more information about the different trips, please click here:

What is the age limit for your trips?

In general, we take folks from eight years old to 80 years old during late June through the rest of the summer. Early season (June 2–20) our minimum age is 14 years old due to the higher flows. Not all years have high water, so sometimes those June trips are suitable for eight-year-olds too. If you have an experienced seven-year-old, we will make exceptions from time to time. If you have any questions about this, please give us a call to discuss particulars on age.

What separates your river company from the others?

Our family. Middle Fork Rapid Transit has been family owned and operated by the Porters since 1980. Our guides. Our guides don’t move around during the summer working different rivers with different crews—they work together all summer, year in and year out and their experience, professionalism and cohesiveness show. Our food. Our food continually exceeds expectations and has been featured on Great Chef’s outdoor feature.