National Geographic Magazine, Nov, 2011 Issue- Joel Bourne, author of Wild and Scenic Rivers article floated the Middle Fork with MFRE to write the article. Click on icon below for the NG article.
Testimonial from Joel Bourne (Author of National Geographic article)
James and company, I just wanted to thank you once again for a spectacular trip down the Middle Fork, and especially for the attention you gave to my son, Sam. You've got an excellent crew of guides, and we enjoyed our time in the boats with each of them. I also appreciate your focus on curing "nature deficit disorder" in today's kids by safely introducing them to wild places, wild rivers and the rich cultural history of the region. You are planting the seeds for the river rats--and protectors--of tomorrow. It was by far the best guided trip I've been on, and I've been on a few.
All the best,
Joel K. Bourne, Jr.
MFRE rated by National Geographic as one of the top 3 whitewater rafting trips in the WORLD!
MIddle Fork River Expeditions rated as one of the best whitewater rafting companies in the world in 2008 and 2009 by National Geographic Adventures. Too bad they closed down NGA in 2010.
Middle Fork River Expedtions was written up in April 2011 Edition of Marin Magazine.
Canoe and Kayak Magazine June 2-5, 2010 Trip.
The Wilderness Society write up for 2011 trip.
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MFRE Client Testimonials
"Hello to all of the MFRE Adventurers,
The sun broke through just as we arrived at Boundary Creek for the put in - it was an omen. What a week..
Everything I had read (and heard from friends who'd been there) about this trip said we'd be in for a trip of a lifetime and it was. The awesome expansive wilderness, excellent food, top notch equipment, and best of all - the fantastic company all made for a remarkable experience for Susan, Carly, Jack & I. James, you and your guides were the lynchpin that made it all happen. Jamie, Scott, Kate, Mark, & Brandon were excellent guides - diverse personalities and experienced on the river; always friendly and ready to help out with anything we needed - even expert with "unwelcome campsite guest extraction" - I think that snake freaked out & was momentarily paralyzed when he saw Scott in that lime green wig and dress!
James, you are top notch owner. During our days on the river we asked each of the guides how they liked working for you and they had nothing but high praise and respect. It's obvious you care about your business and it shows. Finding and keeping excellent guides, the evening recap meetings to see what went well and what bumps might have occurred, always looking for ways to improve the experience. Your passion for the outdoors was infectious and a good reminder for us all to spend more time connecting with it. We really appreciate all you bring to the table and will certainly recommend MFRE to everyone."
July 15-20, 2012 Middle Fork Salmon
" Dear James, Thanks for an incredible trip. Thanks again for making delicious, gluten-free meal options for me. All the meals were sensational...that salmon was to die for! Your handmade granola and salad dressing were nice touches. All the veggies and fruit options were much appreciated.
All your guides are exceptional. Josie your dog (or is it Josey as in The Outlaw-Josey Wales?) was a great little spirit to have along with us. As you know, this trip with you was my fourth run down the Middle Fork with MFRE. They have all been great. I can see that you and your guides do go the extra distance. You're the only person I've met who can offer so many activities without it seeming like you're a social director. That takes a lot of finesse. Your knowledge about geology, the river, nature, psychology, cooking, entertainment and people are all great assets but it's your genuineness and good-hearted ways that pull it all together. I loved it all but just remember, you could do half as much and still be right on the mark. That said, thanks for making this my best MFRE trip to date.
Be well. Be happy. See you next summer.
Sincerely, Audrey A. "
July 15-20, 2011 Middle Fork Salmon River
" We had an adventure of a lifetime mostly because of your amazing guides. They were always there to help with a happy smile on their face. Not only were they all accomplished outdoorsmen, they cooked the best food I have ever had in my life. Maybe it was the views and the fresh air from camp that made it taste so good!"
- Lynn S, Alameda, CA
Aug 14-18, 2011 Main Salmon River
"This river trip was the best vacation our family has taken together. It allowed us to connect as a family in a way that we could never had done had we done any other trip. It was so refreshing to not have all the distractions of modern life that make it harder and harder these days to connect as a family. We are excited to join you again this summer!"
- Jennifer K, Boise, ID
July 23-28, 2011 Middle Fork Salmon River
"I loved all the options that you provided on the trip. Oar boats, paddle rafts, drift boats, inflatable kayaks and even an inflatable surf board made each day a new adventure depending on what option I chose. You guys rock!"
- Brian J, Salt Lake City, UT
July 23-28, 2010 Middle Fork Salmon River
"I have been on trips with MFRE the last 4 summers and will continue to go every summer until the have to put me in a rest home! The guides are all top professionals in their field, and safety is their top priority."
- Tom B, Emergency Room Physician, Phoenix, AZ
June 20-25, 2011 Middle Fork Salmon River with Tarkio Kayak Company
"My favorite part of the trip was the music, the best part was when we got to dance the Virginia Reel in funny clothes and then do the Middle Fork Olympics."
- Ben, age 8, Mill Valley, CA
Aug 16-21, 2011 Middle Fork Salmon River
"I was a little apprehensive of taking my daughter on the trip as she was only 7 years old because of the whitewater. We felt safe at all times and now my daughter wants to become a river guide. I told her that meant living out of your truck and she said she was just fine with that!"
- Mary H, Bozeman, MT
Aug 14-18, 2010 Main Salmon River
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