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Consider us your knowledgeable guides both on the river - and online - as we share river rafting adventures and valuable insights about one of Idaho's most stunning and pristine wilderness corridors -- the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Brad’s Top 10 Favorites!

A friend from years ago asked me what I liked best about the Middle Fork.  Folks who know me understand that I bubble over with enthusiasm about this special river, so settling upon a favorite is not easy.

However, I love challenges!  Rather than narrowing my most prized places and activities down to just one, Melody and I came up with ‘Brad’s Top 10 Favorites!’   Here goes – and NOT listed in any particular order:

Middle Fork of the Salmon River with Adventure Sun Valley


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Brad’s Top 10 Middle Fork Favorites!

  1. Starry nights
  2. 100 miles of whitewater
  3. Families bonding
  4. Pistol Creek
  5. Stir Fry Dish
  6. Stateland Left campground
  7. Day 5 of our six day trips
  8. Our guests
  9. The Paper Bag Game
  10. Fly fishing

Starry nights is a natural….nighttime on the river is stunning and such a great change from our normal skies so lit up with city lights that we forget stars even appear!

Over 100 miles of crystal clear, free flowing water moving through incredible whitewater and amazing vistas, the fact of the entire Middle Fork of the Salmon River makes the list by virtue of existing!

Seeing families unwind and truly re-connect and bond with each other is such a treat for me to observe.  I guess if someone required me to prioritize this list, Families Bonding might be the at the top. The Middle Fork helps people renew, refresh and re-invigorate themselves and each other.

Pistol Creek is so challenging at any water level and we reach it on day two at the end of the upper river section. People are beginning to really connect with the river on their second day.  With over 300 rateable rapids on our trip, this one easily earns a spot on my Top 10 Favorites.

I’m a ‘foodie’ at heart, and I LOVE our new Stir Fry dinner dish!  More veggies…yeah! In fact, this year, we’ve added more fresh fruit and more veggies across all river menus….fantastic.

Stateland – Left is a terrific campsite.  It’s so spacious!  The majestic Ponderosa Pines offer nice afternoon shade yet let the warm morning sun through for us all to enjoy.

Day 5!  This is such a special river day! Huge water, Impassable Canyon, stunning scenery, big horn sheep – and sometimes bears – Waterfall Creek, Vail Falls…..Day 5 has it all.

Guests! I have such a great job – hosting people and sharing this very magical place with folks of all ages. Rafting the Middle Fork is fun by itself, but by adding the guest component makes me a very lucky business owner.  And I have to add, Adventure Sun Valley guests are the BEST! !

The Paper Bag Game is such a hoot!  People love this game, and so do I.  The bag is set in a really sandy spot with the objective to grab the bag with your mouth while keeping only one foot on the ground.  Everyone sitting around the campfire gets a chance, and then we make the bag a little shorter and go at it again.  Lots of fun!

Fly Fishing – The Middle Fork easily earned its reputation as an world-famous fly fishing paradise.  After the heat of the summer, the cool Fall days make fly fishing an absolute stellar sporting activity, though you can catch me anytime during the summer throwing a line in the water, ‘cuz I just love to fly fish!


Top-Notch Guides

Adventure Sun Valley guides are top-notch!  They’re hand-picked, skilled, experienced and very Middle Fork-knowledgeable….the best!

Middle Fork Fun with Adventure Sun Valley

On top of that, their most important focus 24/7 is you, the guest. Adventure Sun Valley crew members take exceptional pride in ensuring that you experience a luxurious, safe and awe-inspiring trip of a lifetime on the remarkable Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Adventure Sun Valley Guide offers Pampered Camping

2014 season brings two new guides to our awesome team.

David Cline hails from Colorado and is a river aficionado – proficient in the Middle Fork’s beauty, solitude, community and adventure.  Besides being a highly skilled guide, David grows peaches in his off time!  So if there’s every been anything you wanted to know about orchards, or peaches, be sure to ask him.

Scott Rist brings a wealth of river experience to the team and is comfortable in any situation, or culture.  When not guiding with us, Scott loves to travel the world.  Ask him about his adventures to bring the world closer, or share/compare to your own.

James and Olivia Weber (twin siblings) graduated from college and will be back this season…..yay!

James Weber, armed with a degree in Architecture from Montana State University, James is not stopping there;  he will be studying  to obtain his higher ed degree in Urban Ecology.  However, James says that “The Wilderness of Central Idaho with Adventure Sun Valley is my summer home!”  Adventure Sun Valley is so pleased to have James on the team this year as he passionately shares his love of the Middle Fork with every guest.

Olivia Weber just graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Philosophy.  While her eye is on law school, the summer is spent with Adventure Sun Valley on her favorite river, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, providing excellent river expertise and outstanding guest experiences.

No matter whether they’re new to Adventure Sun Valley or a returning crew member, each of our guides candidly admits that sharing their knowledge about the Middle Fork is a favorite part of their time on the river.  At the end of your week’s wilderness vacation, you’l love this river as much as they do.

Adventure Sun Valley guides make each guest – no matter their river experience or confidence – feel totally welcome and at home visiting this unparalleled wilderness, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.

Excited?  Want to learn more?  Give us a call for the trip of a lifetime; we’ll promptly get back to you!  208.507.1012

Remembering Len Billingslea

Len Billingslea, our friend and skilled ASV guide of over a dozen years passed away in July, 2013.

Len Billingslea, a guide on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Len had been a river guide for over 30 years on the Rio Grand, Salt, Chama and Lower Salmon, but his absolute favorite was the Middle Fork of the Salmon.  Adventure Sun Valley was very lucky to work with Len for these past 12 years.  His passion for the river was contagious and our guests really connected with Len.

“On our trip last year, we had an absolute blast!  The entire crew was outstanding and the scenery could not have been more beautiful. But it was Len that really left an impression, once we met, we knew who we were riding with!  Whenever we talk a out our trip, it is always filled with Len stories” remembers 2012 guest, Marty.
“The entire Adventure Sun Valley team is very sad with Len’s passing and we all miss him dearly. He was such a great guy!  A tremendously skilled guide and a fantastic fisherman”
                  — Brad Frei

Our Motor Coach Pampers Guests!

Pampered camping begins before Adventure Sun Valley guests put one toe in the river! We offer complimentary round-trip transportation to and from the Boise Idaho airport in air-conditioned comfort on the Adventure Sun Valley motor coach. All you have to do is get to Boise for the Middle Fork vacation adventure of a lifetime and we’ll do the rest!  No rental car hassles.  No worries about being late.  No additional costs. No stress. [Read more…]

Ahhh…It’s ‘River Time’

It may not hit our guests on the first day, but probably on day #2, the lull of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, sunshine, Idaho mountain wilderness, gourmet meals prepared/consumed riverside,  and hot springs trump our daily frenetic pace.  We made it to the Middle Fork and are now unwinding. Those 100 miles of crystal clear water are massaging our senses.

Ahhhh….it’s ‘River Time’!

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Great River Guides

ASV Guides Are The Best!

Adventure Sun Valley Guides and Guests on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

More then that….they’re awesome guides!

The backbone of our terrific service  – without a doubt – is the fact that  Adventure Sun Valley guides are extremely skilled, knowledgeable and professional! [Read more…]

2013 Snowpack = Middle Fork Fun!

Idaho has over 3,000 whitewater miles and is known as the ‘whitewater’ state.  The glorious Middle Fork of the Salmon River is one of the state’s whitewater gems and the 2013 snowpack looks very promising for an excellent season. 

Cot by the river's edge

Ready to Relax!

Are you ready?  We are!   [Read more…]

Middle Fork Dining!

Fresh dutch-oven baked morning Sticky Buns!

What is it about the great outdoors – much less the awesome wilderness of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River – that makes a person so hungry?

I mean – really – how much food can a person consume on a vacation? When we soak up that savory Idaho sunshine, breathe that beautiful fresh air and put a big toe in the pristine waters of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, for some reason when we wake up in the morning, stop for lunch, or get to camp in the evening, we are ravenous!

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Family Fun on the Middle Fork

Kids Make a Whitewater Wilderness River Adventure Extra Special!

Mother DaughterLast spring before the season began, I was waiting for a flight to Denver in the crowded departure area of the Portland Airport.  I happened to be sitting next to a family – mom, dad and their three kids.  After a ten minute conversation where we each learned snippets about each other, they became fascinated with my ‘job’ – host, guide and outfitter on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

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