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The Middle-Main Combination

Idaho's version of the Grand Canyon.

For right-brained people

rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon in IdahoLike peanut butter and chocolate, the Middle and the Main were meant for each other; two incredible things combined into one to create something even better. You get the Middle Fork of the Salmon with its clear water, pristine wilderness, abundant hotsprings, intimate scenery and incredible fishing PLUS you get the Main Salmon with its beautiful beaches, warm water, fascinating history and relaxing pace. You get 185 miles of everchanging scenery and over 65 named rapids. You get to experience almost an entire watershed - starting within 20 miles from the headwaters and ending within 40 miles of the confluence. You get envious hugs from the departing Middle Fork guests, then "turn the corner" and get respectful handshakes from the newly arriving Main Salmon guests. You get to disconnect from tomorrow and reconnect with now. You get 12 days of life on the river. You get 12 days of life.

"I'd done the Middle Fork before and I was so curious and felt so deprived when we got to take-out and stopped with all this glorious, unmet river and canyon beckoning to us. I knew I had to come back. I am so glad I did - I feel complete now."

Peter Sawyers

For left-brained people:

  • The Middle-Main in one word:
  • One-of-a-kind
  • In another word:
  • Majestic
  • Best known for:
  • Being as good as the Grand Canyon
  • No other trip has:
  • This many days, miles or moments
  • Expect to:
  • Disconnect
  • You can also:
  • Visit Yellowstone
  • Signature Rapid:
  • Impassable Canyon & Big Mallard
  • Types of boats:
  • Oar, paddle & inflatable kayaks
  • Meeting Place:
  • Stanley, ID
  • Length in days: 6 or 12
  • Length in miles: 185
  • Overall difficulty: IV-
  • Highest difficulty (#): IV (6)
  • Rapids/day: ~ 20
  • Gradient: 20 feet/mile
  • Rapids:spacer4 1/2 stars
  • Scenery:spacer5 stars
  • Wilderness: 4 1/2 stars
  • Swimming:spacer4 stars
  • Hiking:spacer4 1/2  stars
  • Campsites:spacer4 1/2 stars
  • Wildlife:spacer4 1/2 stars
  • Fishing:spacer4 1/2 stars





Salmon on the Salmon

  • Sockeye Salmon -
    (Oncorhynchus nerka) - "Sockeye" is a mispronunciation of “suk-kegh”, a Native American word for “red fish" and the wild sockeye of Idaho's Middle Fork swim over 900 miles from the ocean, through eight reservoirs and to over 6,500 feet above sea level in order to reach their home waters; farther, higher and past more dams than any other stock of fish in the world.