Middle Fork Whitewater Rafting

For many people, Idaho’s Middle Fork whitewater rafting trips represent the adventure of a lifetime, and at MFWO, our goal is to make sure your trip is just that!

Rapids on the Middle Fork create a thrilling adventure for both beginner and seasoned rafters and kayakers.  Our experienced crew sees to it that your trip is filled with fun and excitement, but safety is always our top priority.  Explore your wild side and get up close and personal with the river in an inflatable kayak, be part of a finely tuned team in a paddle raft, or simply enjoy the ride in an oar raft while your guides do what they do best…thrill you with the rapids of the Middle Fork! With names like Pistol Creek, Velvet Falls, Tappan, Cliffside, and Rubber, the rapids of the Middle Fork offer a whitewater experience that will have you whooping and hollering all day long!

This incredible canyon contains remnants of the California Gold Rush, a variety of wildlife and outstanding fishing opportunities. In this remote wilderness area cell phones are useless, leaving you to completely disconnect from the world and enjoy yourself. From here on you will be on what we love to refer to as “river time”.

From our launch point at Boundary Creek to the take-out at Cache Bar, the Middle Fork of the Salmon plunges 2,800 feet in elevation with approximately 100 thrilling rapids on a 100-mile journey. The summer season’s biggest whitewater happens in June as spring runoff fills the banks of the Middle Fork for larger crashing waves and challenging fun. In July and August, the water warms up as levels drop, but the ride is still exciting with technical maneuvers through boulder gardens and breathtaking drops into clear pools.

There are several ways to enjoy your river rafting trip. Our oar boats let you relax and view the scenery, take photographs or fish while your guide expertly maneuvers down river. Or you can jump into the action and paddle the rapids as part of a guest team as our guide gives directions from the stern. For the ultimate challenge, we also offer inflatable kayaks to tackle the river solo.

We take up to 23 guests and 7 guides on each trip (fewer guests and more guides than most outfitters). You may take turns in each type of boat to fully experience the river.  Kayak the morning, paddle the afternoon and fish from the oar boat the next day! Our team of guides will closely supervise all of these activities to ensure your safety at all times so all you need to do is have fun.

Early June and High Water

Here at Middle Fork Wilderness Outfitters, we LOVE early June high water. We often recommend high water trips on the Middle Fork for the slightly more adventurous of our guests. The receding snow pack this time of year high in the Central Idaho mountains causes the river to swell in its banks, offering an exciting but controlled ride through the river’s countless class III and IV rapids. Many clients choose to spend much of their high water trip in one of our smaller paddle boats, where each guest works as a part of a team to maneuver the boat, while the guide gives directions from the stern.

We also provide support trips for experienced kayakers. We carry all of the gear and take care of all of the details so that you can focus on what you love to do…play in the rapids of one of the most exciting, wild rivers in the country! 

Early June trips are generally a bit shorter than the prime season trips, running four or five days, whichever you choose. In addition, early June weather can sometimes be variable in the Idaho Wilderness, so MFWO provides wetsuits when needed. Upon booking a trip, along with other info, we will send you a guide on “what to wear” and how to be prepared for your wilderness experience.

The minimum age on High Water trips is 14.