Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River is one of the absolute best river trips in the world. It is most famous for its stunning Impassable Canyon, world class trout fishing, and riverside hot springs. What sets it apart as a top-tier river trip is the continuous whitewater, unique wildlife, and wilderness nature.
The Middle Fork (as it's often referred to) starts in a high alpine forest near Stanley, Idaho. The first 20 miles have nearly continuous Class III and IV rapids. After Pistol Creek Rapid the gradient eases up but the river is still moving. In fact, there are no slow pools the entire 100 miles and there are always moving water and challenges.
The Middle Fork flows through the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the second largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. It is also one of the original eight Wild and Scenic Rivers that "shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations." The Middle Fork and the surrounding region is a natural treasure left untouched.
Wildlife on the Middle Fork is special. Big Horn Sheep, Osprey, river otters, and of course trout are commonly spottet and we occasionally see bears and mountain goats. Luckily, bugs are rarely a problem.
The Salmon River flows through the largest roadless area remaining in the forty-eight contiguous United States, nine million acres, twice the size of Massachusetts.Edward Abbey
There are no dams controlling the Middle Fork and the summer provides three distinct seasons. In June, the river flows high and is the best time for thrill seekers looking for a whitewater challenge.