What beverages does MFRE include? » Water, lemonade and gatorade are available in unlimited quantities on the boats and in camp. Coffee and hot chocolate are available every morning. Limited amounts of soda (coke and diet coke, San Peligrino Lemonchiata and Aranchiata will be available. We supply red and white wine each evening, usually 2 glasses/person. If you wish to bring your own preferred brand name alcoholic beverages and soda pop you may do so in moderate amounts. Please avoid glass containers unless it is wine or hard liquor. No beer is supplied and please bring in aluminum cans only.
How do I pack while on the trip? » Travel with Duffel Bags only. You will transfer all of your personal clothing and Sleep kit (sleeping bag, pad and pillow we provide) into two dry bags (approximately 28"L X 13"W X 13”H). PLEASE DO NOT BRING SUITCASES for this trip! We also give you a small dry bag for personal items during the day, like camera, shell, sunscreen etc. If you have extra luggage, it can be stored in your car trunk or in a locker at the Mountain Village Resort or Stagecoach Inn.
Where do a store valuables? » You will want to have ID and a major credit card with you in the event of an emergency evacuation due to injury. This very seldom happens, but we want you to be prepared. You can place in a double ziplock and place in the bottom of your dry bag for the trip. Since jewelry is a potential "loss" item on your river trip, we recommend you leave all valuables at home. You may want to have cash available for a tip for your guides or to purchase items immediately following the river trip.
What about the fishing? » Fly fishing and spin fishing are both common on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon. For spin fishing 4 to 6 lb. test line is recommended with swivels and bright colored weight lures. Idaho regulations require barbless hooks or hooks with the barbs bent down on the Middle Fork. Fishing on the Middle Fork is catch and release only. Please bring collapsible poles and rigid pole cases. Please see recommended tackle in the fishing page of our website. You may purchase a short term non-resident license in Stanley prior to your trip. For complete fishing regulations please contact: Idaho Department of Fish and Game 208-334-3700
What about the Toilet Facilities? – We bring along aluminum porta-potties that are placed in an isolated and secluded spot with amazing views of the river canyon. We also bring along a tent in case the camp is not set up for a secluded spot.
What are the Sleeping Kits MFRE provides? – We provide 20F Rectangular Sleeping Bags with liners, a Kelty camp pillow, and two pads for each guest. One pad is a ¾” Ridgerest and the other is a 1 ½ “ Thermarest. We also provide Kelty Gunnison 4 man tents for 1 or 2 people. Singles go at no extra charge. If you are concerned about sleeping on the ground let us know and we can provide a cot or larger pad for a $50/charge.
How is the Hiking? - There are many hiking opportunities on the trip. The hikes can be short side canyon hikes with river shoes or longer drainage hikes to spectacular waterfalls with lightweight hiking shoes.
Will I get to do all the river craft options? – We rotate people each day into different river craft if they want. You can choose, if appropriate, between the oar boats, paddle raft, inflatable kayaks, Drift fishing boat (MF only), Dory (Main Only) and SUP (stand up paddle) boards. If you want to go for it, try the Inflatable Kayaks or Paddle Board. If you feel like relaxing then an oar raft is more suitable.
Who are these trips appropriate for? - As long as people are in good physical condition and can swim, we can take you on these trips. Our minimum age is 5 years old on the Main and 6 years old on the Middle Fork in July- Sept. Age is 12 minimum in June and all participants in June must be ready for bigger whitewater.
How much do I tip the guides? » Your guides will make every effort to see that each of your adventures is enjoyable and successful. Gratuities for guides are appropriate, greatly appreciated and at your discretion, as a gesture of thanks for their professionalism and service. A suggested per-person guideline is around 10-15% of the total trip price. The common practice is to give the gratuity to the trip leader at the end of the trip. In trips where there are multiple guides, the gratuity will be split amongst all of them. Please make all checks out to “cash” and not MFRE.