The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is America’s premier alpine whitewater experience. Kayaking down the Middle Fork is a dream trip for many kayakers, although some find themselves returning year after year to experience the solitude of the wilderness, excellent whitewater, the incredible Impassable Canyon and crystal clear water.
Most kayaking trips cover 100 miles in 6 days, with put-in at Boundary Creek and take-out at Cache Bar 4 miles down the Main Salmon. Since the Middle Fork is free of dams, the flow varies throughout the summer, with the biggest whitewater in late May and through June. Most rapids are Class III with an occasional Class IV during this high water season.
August and September are less appealing for kayakers as the water flow decreases. However, this is an excellent time of year for amateurs and beginners to give an inflatable kayak, or ducky, a try.
Getting your kayak all the way to Idaho can be a challenge, but ECHO has a fleet of boats available for our guests to rent during their trip. You can reserve one of these boats when you book your trip with us:
Wave Sport Diesel 70
Wave Sport Diesel 80
Dagger Mamba 7.6
Dagger Mamba 8.1
Dagger Mamba 8.6
Jackson Villain Large
Jackson Villain Small
Wave Sport Project X 56
Wave Sport Project X 64
ECHO offers two trips for experienced paddlers when the water is at an optimum level for paddling in late June/early July. Phil and Mary DeRiemer of DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking, accompany these trips to offer guidance on the river. DAK was named by Outside Magazine as running the top Whitewater Kayaking School in their February, 2008 article School’s In: The Best Places to Learn.
If you have plenty of whitewater experience, you are welcome to paddle down with a the rafting trip. Raft support is great to carry food and camping gear for this 6-day excursion.