• The Fly Fishing is Spectacular
    The Fly Fishing is Spectacular
  • Adventure of a Lifetime
    Adventure of a Lifetime
  • Largest Wilderness Lower 48
    Largest Wilderness Lower 48

Most folks fly into Boise and then either rent a car or take an air taxi flight to Stanley. United, Delta, Northwest, Alaska, Southwest, American West, Horizon, Frontier, and Sky West are the carriers that service Boise.


Renting a Car: It is a 3+ hour drive from Boise to Stanley via Highway 21. The drive is very scenic and winds through the Boise National Forest and over high mountain passes. There is no car rental agency with a drop system in Stanley. The best rates we have found are with National 800-227-7368 / www.nationalcar.com, Thrifty 800-367-2277 / www.thrifty.com, or Budget 800-527-0700 / www.drivebudget.com. If you have a large party (8 -10), you can rent or charter a van through Sun Valley Express 877-622-8267, their rate from Boise to Stanley is $500 one way.


Shuttle Service: Caldwell Transportation Company offers Boise to Stanley / Stanley to Boise service. This is a reservation only service that must be made 48 hours in advance. Please call 800-727-9925 or visit www.ctcbus.com for your reservation.


Air Taxi Flight:  It is a 40 minute flight and is the fastest and most convenient way to and from Stanley. You would also have the option to fly out of Salmon, Idaho after the trip, this will save you some time on the bus. Please visit www.sawtoothflyingservices.com or call 800-798-6105 to make your reservation. You can also contact Gem Air at www.gemairflights.com or call 2-208-756-7382, or Salmon Air at www.salmonair.com or call 800-448-3413, or McCall Air at www.McCallAviation.com or call 800-992-6559 to arrange a flight.

If you fly into Stanley, the Mountain Village Lodge has a courtesy van that will pick you up at the airport. Just ask the pilot to give them a call. 

If you drive to Stanley, you will be able to park your car at the Mountain Village Lodge for a $15 weekly charge. 

We have a secure, locked storage room at the Mountain Village Lodge for luggage and other items that you do not want to take on the river.

Thank you for choosing Middle Fork River Tours as your host to the most pristine wilderness river in the country. We are thrilled to have you aboard and hope the following information will be helpful as you plan for your adventure vacation with us. We start and finish all of our trips from the beautiful mountain hamlet of Stanley, Idaho and for the month of August Salmon, Idaho. Feel free to contact us with any questions, we are happy to help in any way with travel logistics or extended Idaho vacation plans.

  • June/July Your trip will begin in Stanley, Idaho, located approximately 135 miles east of Boise via Highway 21, and 60 miles north of Sun Valley via Highway 75. Please contact the Mountain Village Lodge in Stanley for overnight accommodations before and after the trip. Their phone number is 1-800-843-5475 or visit them online at www.mountainvillage.com, let them know you are floating with us. You will need room reservations for the night before your scheduled launch and also for the night that we get off the river. Make your reservations as soon as possible as the Mountain Village Lodge fills up quickly for the summer season.
  • We will greet you for a pre-trip orientation meeting at 8PM the evening before your scheduled launch in the breeze way at the Mountain Village Lodge. At this time we will give you your waterproof duffel bags, show you how to pack, go over our low-impact camping routine, arrange car (if you are not riding the bus back to Stanley) and flight shuttles (for low or high water),  and answer any last minute questions.
  • We will leave Stanley at 8 AM the morning of the launch meeting by the MFRT bus located in the parking lot of the Mountain Village Lodge. Depending on water conditions, we will either take the bus to the river put in at Boundary Creek or fly in to Indian Creek, mile 25 on the river. Transportation will be provided back to Stanley after the trip, arriving at the Mountain Village Lodge between 5:30 and 6:30 PM on the last day. 
  • August/September  Your trip will begin in Salmon, Idaho, approximately 2.5 hours south of Missoula, MT via Highway 93, and 2.5 hours from Sun Valley via Highway 75 to 93.  Please contact The Stagecoach Inn in Salmon for your overnight accommodation before the trip.  You will be back in Salmon early enough to drive or fly to your next destination if you choose, otherwise plan on staying the night you get off the river as well.  Their number is 208-756-2919 or visit their website at www.stagecoachinnmotel.com.  Say you are staying with Middle Fork River Tours.
  • We will meet you for orientation at 6PM the evening before your scheduled launch on the lawn by the river at the Stagecoach Inn.  We will issue rain gear, overnight bags, and arrange payment for flight to Indian Creek.  Cost for flight from Salmon to Indian Creek is $150 per person.  We will provide transportation back to Salmon after your trip.  Plan on being back to Salmon by 3pm the day your trip ends.  If water levels are high enough to go from Boundary Creek launch we will bus you at no extra cost.  Plan on meeting the Middle Fork River Tours bus in the parking lot of the Stagecoach at 8AM for departure. 


Middle Fork River Tours offers the following schedule to host whitewater rafting and custom fishing trips along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River: Our launch dates stay the same each year and we require a $400 deposit per person to reserve a seat. Our prime July dates seem to book out a year in advance with a typical group size of 23 guests and 7 guides.  Depending on water conditions, snow pack, and preferred launch date your river trip will be either 100 or 75 miles. Please call anytime to speak with Clint or Molly about date availability, we would love the opportunity to host you on this spectacular river. (208) 263-5711 or (208) 627-9989.

Payment Methods

  1.  Credit card over phone 1 208 263 5711
  2.  Book on line at reservations page
  3.  Send check to MFRT office @ 601 N 6th Ave Sandpoint, ID 83864
  Trip Length and Season Trip Dates Cost per person*  

May 30-June 3

June 8 - 12

$ 1675 / person  
    June 17 - 21    
  JULY - 6 DAYS June 26 - July 1 $ 2175 / person  
    July 4 - 9    
    July 12 - 17    
    July 20 - 25    
    July 28 - August 2    
  AUGUST - 6 DAYS August 5 - 10 $ 1975 / person  

August 13 - 18

August 21-26


August 29-September 3 $2,800/ person  
  SEPTEMBER FISHING OR RAFTING - 5 or 6 DAYS Charter Only, please call office for details

$1675-$2,800 per person


Our trips are run under a special use permit through the the Salmon/Challis National Forest.

All forest service fees are included with rates.

Certain high and low water levels will require a flight into Indian Creek (mile 25 on river). If the river is above 6.5 ft or below 2.2ft on river gauge plan for a flight, this will cost an additional $120.00pp.