About Us

Middle Fork Wilderness Outfitters is a locally owned and run business, with a crew of experienced guides who are all passionate about sharing wild places with others. Each one of our MFWO guides is trained in CPR and First Aid and all are certified in Swift Water Rescue.

Safety is our number one concern on any river trip, but being a guide on the Middle Fork of the Salmon is about being multi skilled, and it shows on every trip. Our guides are experienced boatmen (and women) on the water, and at camp you will be blown away at the crew’s incredible culinary skills, fireside guitar, detailed knowledge of the area’s significant history, and their dedication to providing a comfortable and relaxing new camp each night on the banks of Idaho’s most treasured river.

Our goal at Middle Fork Wilderness Outfitters is to give every guest an experience that they will never forget. A multi day river trip is the perfect way to disconnect from the stress, hustle, and technological “benefits” of modern society through a true wilderness experience. Our guides are committed to offering each customer the experience they are seeking.

Willis McAleese, Owner & Guide

Our Outfitter, Willis, grew up on the banks of the Salmon River in and around Challis, Idaho. Long before he learned how to drive, he was learning how to navigate boats on the Salmon. Immediately after high school, Willis began guiding Steelhead fisherman in the Challis Area, and then spent a couple of summers guiding Alaskan rivers, before finally settling in to the Middle Fork. With well over 200 MF trips under his belt, Willis is an expert on the river and its corridor. He is also an expert on fishing the Middle Fork and its tributaries, and after nearly two decades of guiding mostly fly fishing trips, Willis is well in tune with where the fish are, what they are eating, and how best to fish for them.

Every River Trip is about fun and letting go, but Willis takes great pride and responsibility in also making the trips he leads the safest and most comfortable trips on the water. He is well known for his ability to make others feel comfortable in any situation, as well as for his experience and leadership in emergencies.