Whitewater Rafting the Middle Fork

Helfrich River Outfitter Inc

Whitewater Rafting the Middle Fork

Helfrich River Outfitter Inc

Whitewater Rafting the Middle Fork

Helfrich River Outfitter Inc

Whitewater Rafting the Middle Fork

Helfrich River Outfitter Inc

Whitewater Rafting the Middle Fork

Helfrich River Outfitter Inc


Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

River: Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Boat options: Oar Raft, Paddle Raft, Inflatable Kayak

Drift boats and fishing rafts must be booked as double occupancy.


Trip Highlights

Fun and exciting whitewater rafting for 6-days through the River of No Return Wilderness

Perfect range of whitewater experiences from exhilarating to relaxing.

Sit back and relax in our big lounge rafts or get involved in a paddle raft or inflatable kayak.

Unrivaled beauty of this expansive wilderness area is sure to impress!

Deluxe camps complete with full-size tents, cots, hot showers, and family-style dining.

“The optimal river vacation!”

This is the best way to describe a Helfrich River Outfitters, Middle Fork of the Salmon River Rafting Trip in Idaho.  On this 6-day, 5-night, deluxe whitewater rafting adventure, guests will travel 100 miles through the Frank Church Wilderness and drop 3,000 feet in elevation.  The elevation change throughout the trip makes each day unique with a multitude of exhilarating, fast moving rapids and beautiful scenery changes.  Each day on the river offers a wide variety of experiences to choose from including a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs or an exciting hike to Native American pictographs and hidden waterfalls.

Rafting groups of six or more people can also request to add a paddle raft on the trip. Paddle rafts are a great way to experience the river in a more active way. Everyone in the paddle raft works as a team, at the instruction of the guide, to propel and maneuver the raft through the thrilling whitewater.

You can also opt for an inflatable kayak and take on the whitewater in your own boat. The inflatable kayaks are small, one-person boats that you run with a paddle as you follow the rafts down the rapids and power yourself through the waves.

The abundant activities available to guests on this trip are sure to keep everyone engaged and excited throughout the week, while also allowing the perfect amount of relaxation; providing a truly enjoyable vacation.

River Accommodations


Camping with Helfrich Outfitters on the Middle Fork is better labeled as ‘Glamping’, or glamorous camping, because of the deluxe accommodations that are provided at every campsite. Upon arriving in camp each afternoon, guests can expect everything to be set up and ready for them to enjoy. Each of our spacious tents accommodates 2 guests with comfortable cots and air pads for sleeping. The site is equipped with dining tables, lounge chairs, a hot shower, warm water wash station, hand washing facilities, a privacy toilet, ice and cocktail table, and a complete kitchen.


When guests arrive in camp they can pick a tent, grab a cold drink, munch on appetizers, relax and enjoy activities around camp. Each trip is focused on the customer’s interests and guides are available to lead activities by request. The afternoons and evenings provide plenty of time for additional fishing, swimming, hiking, artifact hunting, photography, playing games, soaking in hot springs, reading a good book with toes in the water or just relaxing and watching the river float by.


The gourmet food on the Middle Fork makes this trip even more inviting. All meals are prepared in Dutch ovens and on the barbeque over open coals. Fresh baked Dutch oven breads, made from scratch, are prepared each day along with top quality meats and fish. Each meal is accompanied by plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Duel entree dinners and a wide variety of side dishes provide great options at each meal. If there is any room left in ones stomach after the evening’s premier event, a delightful dessert is sure to follow.

Beyond the Banks

Hot Springs

The Middle Fork is known for it’s natural hot springs. These hot springs are places where hot water naturally bubbles up from the earth and provides warm pools abundant in minerals. From natural rock pools and hot waterfalls to a handmade wooden tub, each of the five best hot springs along the river is unique and offers a great chance to relax and soak in the hot mineral water. Be sure to experience some or all of these warm relaxing springs during your river trip.


Each day our guests have the chance to experience wonderful activities both on and off the river. Guests who would like to be more physically active will love the abundant hiking opportunities on trails both along the river and away from the river to visit unique sites. Hikes along the river will take you to stunning waterfalls, natural hot springs, native american historical sights and old homesteads.

Historical Sights

Well before people began visiting the Middle Fork for recreation, it was home to the Sheepeater Indian tribe and later minors and homesteaders. The Middle Fork of the Salmon no longer has people living along it’s banks however there are still many native american camps and homestead sights still noticeable. During your trip we would love to share these historical sights with you and tell the fun stories that go along with them.

Dates & Prices

Middle Fork Salmon River – 6 Day, 5 Night Trips


Middle Fork Salmon trips are 6 days and 5 nights and cover up to 100 miles of river. Prices are all-inclusive. Each boat is fully equipped with lifejackets and each fishing boat is equip with all necessary fishing rods, tackle and flies. Fishing license is not included in the trip cost. Enjoy the comfort and class of our custom drift boats, fishing rafts and whitewater rafts.


Drift boats and fishing rafts must be booked as double occupancy. 

– Combination Fishing & Rafting trips available by request and for large groups. Trips are all customizable and groups can design their own trip by choosing the number of fishing and rafting spots on their trip.

– Raft trips with groups of 6 or more have the option of a paddle raft. 

– Additional $4/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee will be charged on all Middle Fork trips. 

3% of the company’s adjusted gross revenues are for a land use fee for operating commercially on National Forest Lands.


Prices are subject to change annually.


Trip Dates:

June 7-11 (5 or 6 days) – Lodging Available 

June 16-21

June 17-22

June 25-30

July 3-8

July 11-16

July 12-17

July 19-24

July 20-25 

July 27-Aug 1 

July 28-Aug 2 

August 4-9

August 5-10

August 12-17

August 13-18 

August 20-25

August 21-26

Aug 28- Sep 2


September 5-day trips also available


Lower water levels later in the season may require trip launch location to change. These trips require an additional flight in to a backcountry airstrip. Additional flight costs are not included in trip price. All booking and arrangement details for these flights will be handled for you; it is easy and affordable. Fishing rafts may be used in place of drift boats on any trips.


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