- TRIPS JUNE 1 to JULY 22: Mountain Village Resort, Stanley Idaho
- TRIPS JULY 30 to SEPTEMBER: Stagecoach Inn, Salmon, Idaho
RIVER RATING: Class III-IV
TRIP MILES: 80 - 100 Miles
PUT-IN: Boundary Creek or Indian Creek
TAKE-OUT: Confluence of the Main and Middle Fork Salmon River
RETURN TIME: 5:00 PM MST Salmon, Idaho
AGE LIMIT: Minimum age is 7 (12 at high water)
BOAT TYPE: Paddle Raft, Oar Raft
We've run trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon since 1989 and based on our historical data, we know that on most years we have to start flying in to Indian Creek by July 30 because the water gets too low to float on the first 23 miles from Boundary Creek to Indian Creek. For that reason we change our trip logistics and meeting point starting with our July 30 trip from Stanley to Salmon. See our blog on Middle Fork flows for further information.
TRIPS FROM MAY - JULY 22: ARRIVE IN STANLEY
Arrive in Stanley by 7:00 pm MST to meet ROW’s team leader at the Mountain Village Inn for a one-hour orientation meeting. We'll answer any last-minute questions and provide waterproof bags for your gear. Dinner on your own. You could schedule some time at the hotel’s private hot spring (reserve when checking in).
TRIPS FROM JULY 30 - SEPTEMBER: ARRIVE IN SALMON
Arrive in Salmon by 7:00 pm MST to meet ROW's team leader at the Stagecoach Inn for a one-hour orientation meeting. We'll answer any last minute questions and waterproof bags for your gear. Dinner on your own.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Mountain Village Resort or Stagecoach Inn (Not Included in trip cost although we will make the reservations for you)
- MEALS INCLUDED: none
On trips that start in Stanley, if water flows are adequate, we take a two-hour bus ride to Boundary Creek and start our trip. If flows are too low to float from Boundary Creek, we take a 25-minute flight (not included in price) from Stanley to Indian Creek.
For trips from July 30 on, we meet in Salmon, Idaho and fly in to Indian Creek. If flows are still adequate to float from Boundary Creek, then we fly to Bruce Meadows and take a bus from there 30 minutes to the put-in.
- Trips starting at Boundary Creek begin at 6,000 feet elevation where the air is crisp and the forest thick with fir and spruce, the first 15 miles of the Middle Fork are fast and rapids are steep, narrow and come in quick succession.
- Trips starting at Indian Creek begin at 4,800 feet elevation and the flight in allows you to see the rugged wilderness of the Middle Fork from above and gives you a perspecitive of the river below.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Riverside Camping
- MEALS INCLUDED: L, D
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Riverside Camping
- MEALS INCLUDED: B, L, D
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Riverside Camping
- MEALS INCLUDED: B, L, D
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Riverside Camping
- MEALS INCLUDED: B, L, D
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Riverside Camping
- MEALS INCLUDED: B, L, D
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Stagecoach Inn (Not Included in trip cost)
- MEALS INCLUDED: B, L
LAST-MINUTE PHONE NUMBERS:
- If you need to reach ROW at the last minute, try our office first at (208) 765-0841 or 800-451-6034.
- Mountain Village Resort in Stanley: (208) 774-3661 or 800-843-5475
- Stagecoach Inn in Salmon: (208) 756-2919
We highly recommend checking the weather prior to your trip for an updated forecast and current conditions. We recommend the followinng websites.
Weather in Stanley and Salmon Idaho - Weather Underground
Middle Fork of the Salmon River - Find Local Weather
- Wear all protective and safety equipment that is required by ROW Adventures and recommended/required by industry-wide standards.
- Load and unload, on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion, the bus and/or van providing transportation for ROW Adventures activities.
- Reach the river access points (put-in and take-out) on their own, or with the aid of a qualified companion.
- Enter and exit the raft, kayak and/or inflatable kayak on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion.
- Remain seated and balanced in a floating raft, canoe, kayak or inflatable kayak w/ the aid of adaptive equipment, if necessary.
- Perform all on water activities, including following instructions that like paddling commands from the guide in class I and higher whitewater on their own or with the assistance of a qualified companion.
- Float on their back when entering moving and still water. The participant must be capable of turning from face-down to face-up in the water with the aid of a Personal Floatation Device and must be able to hold their breath while underwater.
- Remain calm and keep breathing under control in the event of a whitewater swim.
- Get out from under a raft, whether the raft is up-right or capsized, in moving water.
- Climb into the raft, with the help of another person, should an involuntary swim happen at any point on the river.
- Make progress toward the shoreline or a raft by swimming in moving water and must be able to exit the river and ascend the shoreline once reached.
- Participate as an active paddler when instructed by the guide for the duration of the trip.
- Move about the campsite on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion on all trips that include overnight camping and/or lunch.
Packing properly for a river trip is CRITICAL to your enjoyment while on the river. We recommend that you prepare yourself for three basic scenarios:
- A cool day on the river.
- A warm day on the river.
- Time spent lounging in camp.
Take care of these, and you are free to let the river and the canyon work their magic.
Weather in the northwest is unpredictable. You must come prepared for the cold/wet weather and hot/sunny weather – sometimes even on the same day! The following information will help you be prepared for the expected as well as the unexpected events of your trip. You may not use all of the gear listed below, but we recommend bringing it all!
- One large waterproof bag (16” in diameter x 33” tall) per person. This will contain your sleeping bag as well as your personal clothing and items. This bag is NOT accessible during the day as it goes ahead of the group with our cargo raft.
Note: This bag will also contain additional gear provided by ROW: Sleeping bag, flannel liner & pillow
- A small daypack (9” in diameter x 20” tall) for items you want to access during the day such as rain gear, sunscreen, camera, medications, etc.
- Two T-Shirts (1 quick dry and 1 cotton for a hot day)
- One light long-sleeved shirt for sun protection and cool evenings. Popular options are a rash guard or sunscreen shirts.
- Two pairs of shorts (nylon quick drying always better than cotton).
- Light pants are great for sun protection or on a windy day. Lightweight zip off pants works great.
- Swimsuit – two-piece suits are easier for women - tankinis with river shorts are a great option.
- One pair of river sandals (must have an ankle strap, no flipflops!) Velcro is okay if in good condition. Popular name brands include Chaco, Teva, Keen, or Merrells. Tennis shoes with polypro socks are a good option if your feet tend to get cold.
- One Cap, Sun Hat or Visor (ROW hats are available when you arrive.)
ITEMS GOOD TO HAVE IN YOUR DRY BAG ON THE RIVER
- One rain suit, jacket & pants (windbreaker without cotton liner works well, but no cheap ponchos)
- Mid-weight to light-weight long underwear tops and bottoms. Best worn over a swimsuit and undershorts.
- One synthetic or wool mid-weight sweaters for layering on the river on cool days.
- Sunglasses with retaining cord/device
- Bee Sting kit for those allergic to bees
- Sun Screen
- Water bottle with carabiner
- Extra Cap, Sun Hat or Visor
- Two Short sleeve shirts (Enjoy clean and comfortable)
- One pair of pants (lightweight nylon, cotton or fleece)
- Pair of shorts
- One synthetic mid-weight sweaters for cool evenings
- Underwear and socks
- Flashlight or headlamp with extra bulb and batteries
- Skin lotion, lip balm, waterproof sunscreen, etc.
- Toilet kit - toothbrush and paste, soap ( biodegradable is best, no soaps can be used in the river), camp towel, washcloth, comb, handkerchief, a small pack of tissues, small mirror, moist towelettes, shaving stuff, feminine sanitary supplies, etc.
- Extra eyeglasses and/or contact lenses strongly suggested. ALL glasses need a head strap!
- One pair of tennis shoes or walking shoes for cooler weather and hiking. (We don’t recommend you bring large hiking boots as they take up too much space and aren’t necessary.) Flip-flops are also comfortable for easy walking on sandy beaches!
- Stocking Cap/ Beanie for cool nights
ADDITIONAL CLOTHES FOR COOL WEATHER (Early and late season – June & September)
- Two pair wool or polypro socks to wear on the river
- One additional synthetic pile or wool shirt
- Wool or poly gloves & wool or poly cap (like a skiing hat)
- Camera – waterproof digital with extra batteries & memory card recommended. Many guests use smartphones (there is NOT cell service on the river). A waterproof case is also highly recommended for protection and ease of use.
- Paddling Gloves
- Sarong – many uses for both ladies and men
- Sundress for camp – ladies
- 2-3 Carabiners for clipping items to the boat
- Plastic garbage bags (2-3 for separating dirty/wet clothes in your waterproof bag)
- Cards, games, books, musical instruments, journals
- Fishing gear and Idaho fishing license if you plan to fish - must be in a protective case & disassembled. We suggest you buy lures at the Stanley Fly Shop (208-721-7151) as they have daily updates of what the fish are hitting. Only catch and release fishing with single barbless hooks is allowed!!
LAYERING FOR OUTDOOR COMFORT
Clothing layers are the thermostat of the wilderness. As you get ready for your river trip, think about dressing in layers. By adding and subtracting layers you can keep yourself perfectly comfortable. If you were to look into the dry bags of a well-prepared river guide you would see packing for three weather scenarios -- cold, wet days; hot, summer days; and cool evenings and mornings in camp. All of your on-river clothing should be made from synthetic fabrics with names like fleece, pile, polypropylene, Capilene™ or polyester. A cotton T-shirt is used occasionally on hot, sunny days, but cotton clothing is best saved for on-shore camp use.
- LAYER #1: The layer next to your skin should be close-fitting and thin. Start with a swimsuit and/or swim trunks and synthetic or wool shirt as a base layer. You do not want to wear cotton on the river on cool rainy days. The evaporation of water from a wet cotton layer will actually make you colder! Synthetic fibers maintain insulative properties when wet and "wick" moisture away from your skin.
- LAYER #2: The next layer should also be made of a synthetic fiber, but should be a bit heavier in weight. If you get too warm you can always peel this layer off.
- LAYER #3: The outer layer is what is known as the "barrier" layer. This layer should be waterproof and loose-fitting enough to give you a good range of motion. The idea of this layer is to seal out water, and seal in the warmth generated by you and insulated by layers # 1 and # 2. A good rain suit can do the job, or a good paddling jacket and pants. Not only will this protect you from rainstorms, but chilly water temperatures when running rapids as well!
ROW provides Farmer John style wetsuits for our cold weather trips through July 6 (long legs, but no sleeves). These are often worn with your polypro long underwear underneath for extra warmth. You will still need your fleece sweater and rain jacket for warmth on your upper body. Wool or fleece socks can also be worn with the booties if your feet tend to get cold.
Middle Fork Reading List - Some of our favorite books at the Middle Fork and Salmon River.
Boise Guide - Helpful ideas on what to do before or after your trip.
Middle Fork Salmon River Flow - See how the River is running.
Weather Report - Check the local weather before you go.
Trip Photo Album - Browse a photo album from a recent trip.
Trip Advisor - Read guest reviews.
Save our Wild Salmon - Get educated - Join the cause.
White Water Craft Guide - Types of crafts we utilize on river trips
Terms and Conditons
Our hope is that your first trip with ROW Adventures is just one of many. Thus our goal is to provide thorough and complete communications and be clear with the details of our agreement with you. Because the fine print sometimes changes, you will receive the most current Terms & Conditions along with your travel documents at the time of booking.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
We do our best to provide you with all kinds of great resources to prepare for your trip. These include packing lists, reading lists, detailed itineraries and more. All of our multiday river camping trips include tents, sleeping bags, and pads. In most cases, we will even help you book a hotel room prior to and after your trip. The reservation packet that we send you will include a detailed gear list of what you should bring.
Most of our trips are suitable for beginners; however, some are more active than others. A spirit of flexibility and adventure is a good thing to bring along. It’s important that you understand the physical requirements for whatever trip you choose. If you’re not sure about this, or you’re not sure which trip or date will best meet your needs, please call for advice from our talented and knowledgeable Adventure Consultants. Be sure to read the “Trip Member’s Responsibility” below and if you have any medical concerns we encourage you to speak with your doctor before reserving space on a trip.
If you are planning a special event during the trip such as a birthday or anniversary, please let us know as always have a few surprises up our sleeves. On our trip application form, you can indicate any food need you might have and we’re happy to accommodate those.
HOW TO SIGN UP
To make a reservation, please contact us by one of the following methods:
1) Call us at 800-451-6034 – Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
2) Send us an email at info@ROWadventures.com
3) Use the “Book Now” tab found on some trip pages on our website.
We accept all major credit cards for the initial deposit. When we receive your reservation request we will hold your space and send you a confirmation packet including, invoice, trip application, waiver, and a suggested packing list. However, confirmation is not final until we also receive a copy of your completed trip application and deposit. Credit cards are accepted for deposits – balance is preferred by check. Prices are based on a 3% cash discount. You are welcome to pay the final balance with a credit card with an additional 3% administrative fee. While it is often possible to join one of our trips on short notice, space is limited and we recommend you sign up well in advance.
Trips lasting 6 or more days: $600 per person.
Trips lasting 5 days: $500 per person.
Trips lasting 3 days: $300 per person.
USA-based trips: Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
Prices are based on a 3% cash discount. You are welcome to pay the final balance with a credit card with an additional 3% administrative fee.
If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify ROW Adventures in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately. If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit. Deposits are not refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded. If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason, we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan ROW offers.
If you transfer from one trip to another, there is a $75 per person charge for USA-based trips (within the same season) up until 60 days prior to departure. Transfers made after these times are treated as cancellations.
GROUP AND CHARTER RATES
On most trips, we offer a Group Rate for groups of 10 or more. We are also happy to arrange private charter trips. Contact us for details.
TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN
We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan which can include a full trip refund should you cancel at any time for medical or health reasons. Coverage also includes medical evacuation, trip delay, and other elements. Because so many of our guests purchase this plan, we add the cost to your invoice as a convenience and it becomes effective on the day your premium is received in our office. Should you not wish to purchase this travel plan, simply deduct its cost from your invoice.
TRIP MEMBER'S RESPONSIBILITY
Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are happy to discuss the trip with you if you have any questions or concerns. Trip members are held responsible for being insufficiently good health to undertake the trip. Members are also responsible for studying all pre-departure information; for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as detailed therein and, for acting in a manner considerate of fellow group members.
Any person who is diabetic, epileptic, or asthmatic or has a history of heart trouble, is allergic to bee/scorpion stings or takes daily prescription drugs should include this information on the reservation form or inform our office. Trip members will also alert their guide (s) of any medical history that could become a problem on the trip. People with a history of heart trouble, pregnant women, or any other potentially serious medical condition should consult their doctor before coming on a trip.
RESPONSIBILITY ~ AN IMPORTANT NOTICE
Payment of your deposit represents your acceptance of the following conditions: ROW Inc., ROW Oregon LLC, and Remote Odysseys Worldwide, Inc. (dba ROW Adventures), its subsidiaries and cooperating agencies act only in the capacity of agents for the participants in all matters relating to transportation and/or all other related travel services, and assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever for injury, loss or damage to person or property, however, caused, in connection with any service, including, but not limited to, that resulting directly or indirectly from acts of God, detention, irregularity, annoyance, delays, and expenses arising from strikes, theft, quarantine, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, government restrictions or regulations, civil disturbances, and discrepancies or changes in transit over which we have no control.
ROW Adventures reserves the right, either prior to or after departure, in its good-faith discretion and in circumstances that warrant it, to change or re-price any tour, trip, or expedition. This includes the possibility of moving to a different river or river segment due to extreme water conditions, forest fires, road closures and/or acts of God. If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to ROW Adventures.
ROW Adventures reserved the right to cancel trips that are below the trip minimum (usually 4-5 persons). All trip members will be notified a minimum of 30 days before the trip departs and will receive a full refund.
In the event of trip cancellation, ROW Adventures is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by trip members, such as penalties incurred through the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets, medical expenses, and passport and visa fees.
ROW Inc., and ROW Oregon, LLC, each doing business as ROW Adventures, are proud to be an Equal Opportunity recreation service provider under separate permits from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Idaho and Washington State Parks. These permits allow us to provide services and access to some of America’s most astounding resources that might otherwise be inaccessible to most members of the public.
ROW Inc. operates under special use permits granted by the Bureau of Land Management: Jarbidge, Vale, Cottonwood, Coeur d’Alene, and Judith Resource Areas. We operate under a special use permit granted by the U.S. National Forest Service on the: Salmon, Payette, Boise, Challis, Clearwater, Umatilla, and Panhandle National Forests. Also the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
ROW Oregon, LLC operates on the Rogue River under permit from the Bureau of Land Management, Medford District along with the U.S. Forest Service in Siskiyou National Forest.
All our operations and facilities are operated on a non-discriminatory basis.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
ROW Inc. is bonded and fully licensed by the states of Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Oregon. We are members of America Outdoors; Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association; Montana Outfitters and Guides Association; National Association of Interpretation; Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail Foundation and many other effective organizations.
If you wish to be wait-listed for a full trip, the normal deposit is required. If an opening occurs on the trip, you will be informed and automatically transferred to the trip roster if you wish to join the trip, subject to the normal cancellation policy should you accept the slot. Otherwise, your deposit will be refunded in full.
ROW Adventures reserved the right to take photographic or film records of any of our trips and may use any such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes.
ROW Adventures reserved the right to decline to accept- or restrain from further participation- any person whose actions or deportment impede trip operations or rights, welfare or enjoyment of other trip members. A refund based on the cost of unused land services is the limit of ROW Adventures’ responsibility.