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Middle Fork Salmon River ~ Travel to Stanley, Idaho

There is commercial air service to Boise, Idaho. Then you have 3 options to get to Stanley.

  • Rent a car and drive (131 miles or 3 hours)
  • Van Shuttle Charter Service with Caldwell Transportation (131 miles or 3 hours)
  • Fly (45 minutes) with small 5 and 9-seater airplanes

Drive: Rental cars – www.rentalcars.com has great prices. Cost around $300/week.

Shuttle: Caldwell Transportation-800-727-9925. $650 Boise to Stanley in 15 passenger van. Bus charter is $800 up to 24 people.

Fly: Sawtooth Flying Services- 800-798-6105 or (208) 634-7774. ~$355 Boise/Stanley per person round-trip. Please call in advance to reserve these flights.

Sun Valley Option: Another option is flying into Sun Valley (Hailey Airport) and take a taxi (~$150/van one-way) to Stanley, which is ~1 ½ hours north. It costs more to fly to Hailey than Boise but more convenient. Wood River Taxi in Hailey- 208-788-TAXI.


Lodging is needed before and after your trip.

For rooms we recommend the Triangle C Cabins (208-774-2266) that has clean cabins good for families for the evening before your trip and on Day 6 of your trip. We also have priority pre-season bookings at the Mountain Village Lodge (800) 843-5475 from Oct 1 until Dec 31, after which they open to the public. Please mention you are with MFRE when you book prior to Dec 31 otherwise they will not allow you to book. Another good choice is the Sawtooth Hotel (208-721-2459).  Call them directly after you decide on a trip date.


Plan to arrive in Stanley, Idaho by early evening the day before your trip for our 8:30pm meeting at the MFRE warehouse, located ~¼ mile West on Hwy 21 from the Mountain Village Resort on the left hand side of the street right after the Triangle C Cabins. There are three MFRE wooden oars at the driveway entrance. We will get acquainted and answers questions, and have a 1-hour orientation to show you how to pack the 3 waterproof bags we provide for your personal gear. Please have dinner before the meeting. The next morning we depart at 8:30am. You can leave your car parked at the MFRE warehouse during the trip. Valuables are best left in the trunk of your car.

Return to Stanley

We will arrive back in Stanley between 4-6pm on day 6 of your trip.  We recommend you stay the evening in Stanley and travel home the next day.  For those who are travelling north to Montana you can have your car shuttled to North Fork with www.rivershuttles.com for around $150.  This will save you 4 hours in drive time.  One last option is to fly from Salmon to Boise at 2-3pm on Day 6, it is an 1 hour 15 minute flight and costs $190/person with Sawtooth Flying Service.  Schedule your homeward flight for after 6pm.

Main Stem of the Salmon River ~ Travel to Salmon, Idaho


Lodging is needed the night before your trip in Salmon. We will meet at the Stagecoach Inn (208-756-2919) at 8:30pm the night before your trip begins. The best rooms are on the river side of the hotel and a little more expensive but well worth it.

At the end of the trip, the Super 8 in McCall (208) 634-4637 has clean rooms or the Hotel McCall (866-800-1183) is a more expensive and a very nice hotel. For Boise, we recommend the Best Western Vista Inn (800) 727-5006) which is right next to the airport and has a shuttle service. There is also a nice restaurant adjacent to the hotel for dinner. Please call them directly after you have signed up for the trip.

Travel to Salmon, Idaho

Guests are responsible for their travel arrangements to Salmon. There are two transportation options to choose from, driving or flying. There is commercial air service to Boise, Idaho or Missoula, Montana. Then rent a car and drive to Salmon (5 hours from Boise or 2 hours from Missoula) or fly from Boise in a small 5 or 9 seater airplane with Sawtooth Flying Service (800-798-6105).

  • If you are driving to Salmon, you can drive right to Salmon, Idaho either by personal car or rental car from Boise or Missoula airports. Please arrange with River Shuttles (208-756-4188).   to shuttle your vehicle from the Stagecoach Inn in Salmon to McCall. The cost is ~$300/car and $50 gas deposit. Please make the reservation for this immediately after booking your trip to be sure they have enough drivers to do your shuttle. Upon your arrival at the Stagecoach Inn, there is a desk with paperwork to fill out and an envelope to place your keys and place in a locked box for River Shuttles to pick up. Please be sure you bring 2 sets of car keys, one to leave with the shuttle company and one to bring with you on the river. If you have only one key, you must state on your paperwork you want the key left on the tire outside the car or in the gas cap otherwise they will assume you have an extra key and lock the keys in the car.
  • If you are flying to Salmon, you can fly into Boise, Idaho and then take the flight (approximately 1 hour and $220) directly to Salmon, Idaho the day before your trip begins. You can contact Sawtooth Flying Service (800) 798-6105) to reserve your flight. These are small 5 and 9 seater aircraft and it is a spectacular flight. When you arrive in Salmon, the Stagecoach Inn will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel. If you have questions about your travel arrangements, please call MFRE.

*Please note we will provide transportation from Salmon to the river put-in point on Day 1 and from the take-out to McCall on Day 6.

After The Trip

We will arrive at the take-out point at Carey Creek at approximately 10am on Day 6. We provide transportation (2 hours) from Carey Creek to McCall, Idaho, arriving by 2-3pm for flights (~$200) with Sawtooth Flying Service (800-798-6105) back to Boise or Salmon, arriving by 3-4pm. If you plan on flying out of Boise this day please book after 6:30pm. We recommend you stay the night in Boise and fly out the next day to avoid complications in flight connections after the trip.  We recommend the Best Western Vista Inn (800) 727-5006) which is right next to the airport and has a shuttle service. There is also a nice restaurant/brew pub adjacent to the hotel for dinner.

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

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