Middle Fork River Expeditions

Idaho River Rafting

Idaho River Rafting is the finest way to explore the wilderness with ease. On an Idaho River rafting trip in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, sights are a plenty. You can River raft in Idaho past homesteads from the past. Or Jump off a rock onto the river in a pool full of gin clear water. There is even a hot spring that is a shower. When you go Idaho River Rafting, the only thing you want to do is stay longer on the river. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River or the Main Salmon River are both the best way to discover this amazing place we call Idaho. Idaho is the River Rafting State. It has more than 13,000 river miles that are navigable. More than any other State. It’s what make Idaho River Rafting so great in Idaho. Idaho river rafting is the best way to re-connect with your family and friends. If we can un-plug from technology and re-connect with yourself and your family we ahve done our job. Idaho river rafting on the Middle Fork or Main Salmon rivers is the best way to do just that.

To cure Nature Deficit Disorder the river is wating. Come find Idaho River Rafting with Middle Fork RIver Expeditions this summer.

Best, Ellsworth

New Wood Dory Being Built in Stanley this Spring for Main Salmon River

MFRE is proud to announce the building of a new 18 foot Briggs Wooden Dory.  Willis McAleese, our head fishing guide, is building the Dory with a stitch and glue process.  The dory will be designed after the Briggs dory, which is specifically made for big water boating in the Grand Canyon and the Main Salmon River.  The MFRE warehouse in Stanley has been converted with plastic tarps to keep the warmth up, as it is still in the teens at night and snow flurries are still happening.  MFRE has a Middle Fork Salmon trip on May 17, so we hope to have a hull on the new dory by then. Not sure what to name her.  Maybe we should have a contest?

Hen Wen will have a sister, and she will be self bailing, and beautiful.  Middle Fork River Expeditions hopes you can come see her this summer on the Main Salmon River.  The Middle Fork of the Salmon is too rocky for a wooden boat, but the Main Salmon is the perfect river for these boats.

We have a lodge to lodge dory trip available on the Main Salmon River. We know these boats are so much more beautiful to ride in verses the ugly rubber rafts we have.  Only thing is they do not bounce off of rocks so the guides have to know the river and be skilled oarsmen.

Riding on a dory on the Main Salmon is a trip thru time.  You feel the nostalgia for the 1800’s at the time of Lewis and Clark and this river of history. It is like floating on a gondola in Venice, but you have the backdrop of the largest roadless wilderness area in the US.

So come on out and celebrate a new dory on the Main Salmon River this summer.  You may even have the opportunity to name her. After all, a boat cannot be named until you get to know her.

See you in Stanley or Salmon this summer.

Yours for river adventures,

James Ellsworth, owner, MFRE

Idaho River Rafting

Idaho River Rafting has abundant options, from day trips to multi day river trips. Idaho Rivers run more than 13,000 miles in Idaho, the most river miles than any state. Idaho River rafting is fun as the Middle Fork and Main salmon Rivers run through the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, the largest roadless wilderness area in the US outside of Alaska. Idaho river rafting can be enjoyed by anyone with an adventurous spirit. River rafting in Idaho has many hiking options and also hot springs to soak your weary bones. River rafting in Idaho takes on a whole new meaning to vacation and a trip of a lifetime. You can raft the Middle Fork salmon for 6 days, or raft the Main Salmon River in 5 days. Or you can do both in 11 days for the ultimate river vacation.

So whether you join us rafting on the Middle Fork or Main Salmon, you will be rafting the best Idaho rivers in the state, if not the country. There is always fun around very bend of the river. Idaho River rafting at it’s best with Middle Fork River Expeditions.

Join us this summer on the Idaho River Rafting adventure that suits your timeframe and desire.

We hope to see you in Idaho this summer on the Middle Fork or the Main Salmon Rivers.

There are no strangers here, only friends we have not met.

MFRE Packing List recommended/optional Items are now on NRS Website

Check out the new Outfitter Recommended Gear for Middle FOrk River Expeditions on the NRS website at www.nrsweb.com.

Middle Fork River Expeditions gives you both an optional gear and recommended gear list. With a click of the mouse, you can have all the good river booty and get ready for your trip down the Middle Fork or Main Salmon.

Middle Fork River Expeditions, licensed and bonded outfitter, has run safe and well-managed river trips on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon River in Idaho for over three decades. Our equipment is specially designed for wilderness whitewater rafting, and offers mild and wild boat choices (oar boats, paddle boats, inflatable kayaks and stand up paddling surf boards!). Our river guides are seasoned professionals, licensed by the state of Idaho and First Aid Certified. They are expert river runners, magnificent cooks, great storytellers, and knowledgeable, helpful outdoorsmen.

The current lists are for all Middle Fork and Salmon River expeditions. The “Recommended” list includes items that Middle Fork River Expeditions suggests their clients have. Please review the information supplied in your Middle Fork River Expeditions trip packet for more details on MFRE Packing List.

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