White water rafting the Salmon rivers in Idaho is the largest single use of the Frank Church Wilderness and is a must do adventure in your lifetime. From the rugged rocky canyon of the impassible canyon on the Middlefork of the Salmon to the large sandy beaches on the Main Salmon river the scenery is unbeatable and the adrenaline of the rapids creates an appreciation for nature that is difficult to explain.
We assist in flying people to various stages of the trip. For private parties we can get you or your party to Salmon, Idaho to begin your adventure down the Main and then help with the return from Slate creek, McCall, or New Meadows Back to Boise.
ON the Middlefork we can fly you to catch your float group at Bruce Meadows (an hour from Boundary Creek), Stanley or right to the river at any of the airstrips on the Middlefork. During low water we can assist in flying the extra beverages, rafts, and other necesities to Indian Creek or other locations. We can also help with resupply drops down river at Bernard in case you run out of crucial supplies.
Looking for a rafting company to take care of everything we strongly recommend Mackay Wilderness River Trips, but as they sale out quickly there are several other excellent choices for the rivers. These companies put on amazing trips, people often refer to it as a cruise on rubber boats all you have to do is sit back and enjoy with excellent food, drink, and entertainment. Many people meet and make lifetime friends on these trips. People ask us what is the best way to see the Frank Church Wilderness, it is by air the second best for an up close and personal is a river trip. Usually you can make both happen on the same trip.
We have been outfitting rafting adventures continuously on the Salmon River for 57 years. During that time we have had the opportunity to run virtually all the major whitewater rivers in the West plus wild rivers in other countries. We have stayed on the Salmon River because we feel that it is the very best whitewater river in the West and we ought to know. We have been doing this longer than most of today’s raft
Shepp Ranch is a Premier Idaho Guest Ranch located in the Gospel Hump Wilderness of mountainous central Idaho, on the banks of the world famous Salmon River.
Shepp is a perfect place for a family guest ranch vacation, and is also a world class Idaho outfitter, with exceptional hunting and steelhead fishing adventures. Whether you are looking to horseback ride, hike, fish, hunt, jetboat or just relax with a good book, Shepp Ranch offers the complete wilderness experience.
With no road access, the adventure begins when you fly to the ranch. You will find a place rich in natural beauty, abundant wildlife, clear starry night skies, and the soothing sound of the “River of No Return” right out your door.
Bring your sense of adventure, and leave your worries behind. Come relax and enjoy our western hospitality!
Middle Fork Lodge
Middle Fork Lodge
Middle Fork Lodge is the perfect blend of adventure and luxury. The current owner has completely rebuilt and refurbished the Lodge. It has reopened as an exclusive retreat for the discriminating traveler. Middle Fork Lodge has hosted two former US Presidents and many celebrities such as Bill Cosby, John Denver, and Loretta Lynn. The surrounding area comprises approximately 2,500 square miles and is known as the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The Lodge is still largely inaccessible, except by plane, float boat, or pack trails, and remains an unspoiled wilderness.
Guiding white water rafting trips on Idaho's premier wild and scenic rivers - the Middle Fork of the Salmon River or the Main Salmon River - Idaho's River of No Return! for over 30 years has taught us what it takes to run comfortable, safe and fun river rafting trips. Nothing has been overlooked in guaranteeing you the best whitewater rafting vacation. Our professional guides have extensive experience river rafting in Idaho. They are knowledgeable about the history, geology, plants and wildlife of both the Middle Fork of the Salmon canyon and the Main Salmon River canyon. When they are not paddling, teaching or setting up your comfortable campsite, they are in the riverside kitchen cooking up some of the best Dutch oven meals you'll ever experience. For the family we offer Kid Wranglers on every Main Salmon River trip. These trained and dedicated professionals educate and entertain the kids while mom and dad relax and enjoy the ultimate family rafting vacation. Serious fishermen all agree that fly-fishing for Cutthroat Trout on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon is truly a world class fishing experience.
Come join us for a summer wilderness adventure in the Salmon River Mountains. With five high country lakes and more than twenty miles of pristine trout streams, we offer some of the best fishing in the country. There is nothing like riding to the top of a divide and gazing across more country than you could cover in a week, then, descending to a pristine mountain lake for a few days of peace, solitude, and fantastic fishing.
Flying Resort Ranches/Flying B/Root Ranch
Flying Resort Ranches/Flying B/Root Ranch
The Flying Resort Ranches, Inc. operates two world-class ranches. They are accessible only by air, horseback or river boat.
The Flying B is the Jewel of our Ranches, we have something here for everybody and we aim to please!
Summer visitors enjoy hiking, day trips to the high country, fishing in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Hot Springs and a store where you can buy all kinds of sundries, the things you ran short of or that were forgotten.
The Flying B Ranch is located on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, 38 miles southwest of Salmon, Idaho within the Frank Church Wilderness Area.
The ranch is at an elevation of 3,600 feet and has it's own 2,100 foot airstrip*. It has a lodge, nine cabins with fresh linens and indoor facilities and it's own hydroelectric power plant. Meals are served family style in the dining room. It can accommodate 40 guests and has a staff of 7 - 10 employees to help make your stay enjoyable and long remembered.
Activities include fishing, hiking, photography or just relaxing.
The Root Ranch is located 48 miles west of Salmon, Idaho in the heart of the Frank Church Wilderness Area, in a high meadow on Whimstick Creek at an elevation of 5,600 feet. It has it's own 2,100 foot airstrip*, a small lodge, four bunkhouse-style cabins and a dining room.
The cabins have beds with sheet-covered mattresses. You bring your own sleeping bag. Hot showers are located in the main lodge and family-style meals are served.
For recreation there is fishing, hiking, wildlife observation and photography. Sitting on the deck of the lodge and watching the deer, elk and moose graze in the meadow is a popular pastime.