Getting On the River

people rafting Middle Fork of the SalmonIf you wish to float the Middle Fork during the main season (June 1 through September 10) you have two options: you can sign up with an outfitter, or you can enter the Forest Service permit lottery, held each December and January. But the odds of being successful in the lottery are now about 30 to 1.

So if you have your heart set on floating a river this year, an outfitted trip is your best bet. They'll brew the coffee for you, fix your meals, and get you down the river safely.

To find a reputable outfitter, check with the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association.
To try your luck at a lottery, check with the U.S. Forest Service.

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