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Middle Fork of the Salmon River Paddling

Listed under Rafting in Mountain States, United States.

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From the Boundary Creek put-in to its confluence with the Main Salmon 100 miles away, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River offers some of the most remote whitewater in the contiguous U.S. The river threads its way through the 2.7-million-acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness-- the largest roadless tract of land in the contiguous United States--culminating with the infamous Impasaable Canyon, named by Lewis and Clark when they passed through the area in the early 1800s. The same Class III-IV rapids they deemed impassable, however, draw river runners in droves. The best thing about the Middle Fork, of course, isn't its solitude or raft-soaking rapids. It's the nine riverside hotsprings scattered throughout the trip that can make you look like a well-ripened prune after each day of paddling. ROW (Middle Fork of the Salmon), (800) 451-6034

Written by  Eugene Buchanan.

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“The Premier Alpine Whitewater River”

The Middle Fork of the Salmon has everything you'd want in a river trip: fun rapids, stunning scenery, hot springs, great hiking, history, geology, clear water, and wildlife. This is America's premier whitewater river. The Middle Fork (it is known si… Read more...

Written by  Zach Collier.

“The Salmon River”

Idaho has some of the most scenic wilderness in the U.S. Taking a rafting trip through Idaho backcountry is a perfect mix of beautiful forest landscapes and exciting white water adventure. The Salmon River has multiple forks for various trips and raftin… Read more...

Written by  Ryan Hutchings. Rafting America Information on the Salmon River

“Best 100 miles of downhill camping around”

The Middle Fork is sometimes called “the best 100 miles of downhill camping around.” Starting in the high pine forest of central Idaho, the crystal clear snowmelt river tumbles downstream in a series of cascading class III rapids. Featuring a world cla… Read more...

Written by  Hata Hill.

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