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


Our river menu is designed to include the highest quality foods. Top of the line meats, fruits, veggies, breads, and appetizers is standard fare. We truly strive to make the meals innovative and delicious. All recipes are freshly prepared on the river and our kitchen is literally a traveling bistro. The menu ranges from traditional western to European gourmet cuisine. Although we prepare for the hearty eater - because, hey, you're on vacation - there are always enough choices so that vegetarian and low-fat dieters can also enjoy satisfying and healthy meals. If you have specific dietary needs or food allergies, please be sure to let us know ahead of time so we can meet your needs.

  • Hearty gourmet meals
  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables at every meal
  • Dutch oven Cooking at it's best
  • We cater to any dietary needs

A selection of upscale wines will be served with dinner and a light cocktail bar is provided for happy hour. Our bar consists of Bourbon, Gin, and Vodka with appropriate mixers. Please feel free to bring your favorite wine or liquor to enjoy during the trip. Pop, beer, and juice are also provided - we budget 2-to-3 cans of pop or beer per person each day. If you will be drinking more than this amount, please bring along more to suit your needs. All drinks can be purchased in Stanley/Salmon before the trip.

  • Upscale Wines
  • Light Cocktail Bar
  • Beer, Pop, Lemonade

Certain water levels require us to fly to the Indian Creek Airstrip to launch. Indian Creek is inside of the wilderness area and has no road access. If we have to fly in to launch, there will be an additional charge of $150 per person for the flight. We attempt to launch from Boundary Creek whenever possible but we are a safe and prudent company that will choose to fly if the following conditions exist; water levels above 6.5 ft (high) and water levels below 2.2 ft (low) on the Middle Fork gauge. The link below will bring you to current flows.


Click Here for Current Water Levels

Most folks fly into Boise for a Stanley launch and then either rent a car or take an air taxi flight to Stanley.  If your launching from Salmon (August) the closest airport is Missoula, MT.  Missoula has many car rental options.


Renting a Car: Boise:  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. 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. 
Missoula:  It is a 2.5 hour drive from Missoula to Salmon via Highway 93.  This is a beautiful drive through the famous Bitterroot Valley, over Lost Trail Pass, then drops you into the Salmon River Valley. 


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.  There is no shuttle services from Missoula to Salmon, car rental is the only transportation to Salmon. 


Air Taxi Flight: Boise Only It is a 40 minute flight and is the fastest and most convenient way to and from Stanley.   For August trips you may also fly into Salmon from Boise, it is 1+ hour flight.  You would also have the option to fly out of Salmon, Idaho after the trip, this will save you some time. There is no air taxi from Missoula, MT.  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 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.  If you fly into Salmon, the Stagecoach Inn also has a courtesy van that will pick you up at the airport.  Just ask the pilots 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.  If you drive to Salmon, you will be able to park your car at the Stagecoach Inn free of 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.  For August trips, the Stagecoach can hold any extra luggage for the week.

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 our June/July 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 6PM 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.  You will need to get a form from the Mountain Village office and pay $15 to leave your vehicle for the week.  Any extra luggage can be stored in our secure lock room beneath the hotel.


  • 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. You may leave your car at the Stagecoach Inn for the week at no extra charge.  Any extra luggage may be stored at the Stagecoach Inn.