I'm excited and honored to announce that Northwest Rafting Company will now be offering trips on what I consider to be the best river in the world for multi-day rafting: Idaho’s incomparable Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
Known simply as "the Middle Fork", this alpine stunner flows through the vast Frank Church: River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho, and has something for everyone to love. You'll find nearly continuous whitewater, world-class fishing, hot springs, wildlife, and the incredibly beautiful Impassable Canyon.
The Middle Fork has had a special place in my heart ever since my first trip there while guiding for ECHO River Trips in 2001. In the years that followed, I went on to lead countless trips, drive the sweep boat, and eventually manage ECHO's Middle Fork operations. I always hoped to add the Middle Fork to NWRC's growing roster of world-class trip offerings, and am excited to share this trip with our guests.
In June and early July, thrill-seekers will love the big water rapids. Families enjoy the warmer weather in late July and August. You'll travel 75-100 miles through some of the most beautiful landscape the West has to offer. And did I mention that it is a federally designated Wild & Scenic River flowing through a Wilderness area, making this a truly wild river experience?
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At the end of August, I was able to join the last Middle Fork of the Salmon trip of the year. It was my first time down this river that I have heard so much about. It was an incredible trip that I will never forget. I left my house near Hood River, Oregon early on Tuesday morning. I headed East towards the Boise Airport to pick up ECHO co-founder and Idaho Whitewater-legend, Joe Daly. We slowly wound up the steep mountain roads, straight into the...
Most of the well known whitewater rivers flow through Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, or National Park Service land and many are National Wild and Scenic Rivers. The land surrounding many of the the iconic multi-day river trips are additionally protected as Wilderness or National Monuments. As a user of these public lands it's good to know a little about each designation. Most public lands are managed the United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Managment (BLM), or the National Park Service (NPS). National...