When selecting a launch date for whitewater rafting or fishing on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, there are a couple of questions you need to answer to optimize your experience.
“What time of year is the best time for my personal or group vacation goals? “
The Middle Fork Salmon River has 3 distinct “Seasons”, so you’ll want to review the highlights of each season to begin narrowing the timeframe for your optimal Idaho river vacation.
The Maximum Whitewater Season extends from May through early to mid June. The water is high, the flowers are out, and it’s a FAST, EXCITING, and EXHILARATING season for HIGH ADVENTURE. This is a great time for kayakers and the wild at heart. However, it is NOT A GOOD TIME for children or guests with limited physical abilities.
The Peak Season is the most popular and goes from mid June through August. The river is warmer, but still has great whitewater. The weather is glorious and at it’s warmest. It’s PEAK SEASON because the days are long, the river offers best rafting months for families and travelers who want to enjoy a smooth, less radical experience, and the fishing is great.
Our Fall Sportsman’s Paradise is from early September through October. Nights begin to cool down and the water cools, which triggers the fish to pick up the pace of feeding before winter. The whitewater crowd has gone back to school and the canyon is VERY quiet. Cast and flyfishing is generally red hot. We almost always have about half as many guests while enjoying the full crew of guides, so your pampered camping adventure is VERY “personalized”.