Darrell Scott River Jam – Salmon River Idaho
Date: Aug 16-21, 2017
Location: Salmon River, ID



AUG 16-21, 2017



To see more details or purchase please visit: www.idahorivers.com


Come and join Darrell Scott for a trip of a lifetime on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.

This is the perfect journey for you if you love music and nature.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is the premier wilderness rafting trip in the US. It’s gin clear

water flows 100 miles of Wild and Scenic free-flowing river, through the largest roadless wilderness

area in the US and in a canyon that is deeper than the Grand Canyon. It hosts half a dozen natural hot

springs throughout the canyon, blue ribbon trout fishing, and more than 100+ rapids grade I-III (IV in

June). The Middle Fork of the Salmon is an unspoiled, remote and pristine wilderness much as it was

100 years ago or more. Named by National Geographic as one of the top 3 river trips in the world, the

Middle Fork will provide you with a vacation of a lifetime.

Middle Fork River Expeditions has over 70% of our guests as past clients or referrals from past river

travelers and we guarantee a world-class river adventure. Our mission is to allow river travelers the

opportunity to unplug from modern society and reconnect to oneself, family, and friends through

nature’s lens. This adventure allows you to have a digital detox from technology and reconnect to a

more simple and fulfilling pace of life. There is no Wi- Fi in the wilderness, but we promise you will

find a much deeper connection.

Our equipment is specially designed for wilderness whitewater rafting, and offers mild and wild boat

choices (oar boats, paddle boats, inflatable kayaks and stand up paddle boards). Our river guides are

seasoned professionals, licensed by the state of Idaho and First Aid and Swiftwater Rescue Certified.

They are expert river runners, magnificent cooks, great storytellers, and knowledgeable, helpful

outdoorsmen and friends.

Join Darrell Scott for a magical wilderness river vacation this summer!


 Please arrive in Stanley, Idaho on Aug 15. Stanley is a 45-minute flight or 3-hour drive from Boise or

a 1-hour drive from Sun Valley. We have a pre-trip orientation at the MFRE Warehouse at 7:30pm the

evening before the trip begins. The MFRE warehouse is located next door to the Triangle C Ranch on

Highway 21 in Stanley. We will get acquainted; answers questions, and have a one-hour orientation to

show you how to pack the waterproof gear bags we provide for your personal gear. For rooms we

recommend the Triangle C Ranch (208-774- 2266) that has clean cabins good for families for the evening

before your trip and on Day 6 of your trip. We also have 10 rooms reserved under “Middle Fork River

Expeditions” at the Mountain Village Lodge (800) 843-5475. Another good choice is the Sawtooth Hotel

(208-721- 2459).

(Overnight in Stanley is not included)

Aug 16-18

We meet this morning at 8am at the MFRE warehouse and depart 1-½ hours by bus to the river. You can

leave your car parked at the MFRE warehouse in Stanley during the trip. Upon launching our rafts at

Boundary Creek, 6000 feet above sea level, you’ll enter an enchanted forest of fir and spruce that scents

the high mountain air. Sparkling clear waters careen through boulder-choked rapids with names such as

Sulpher Slide, The Chutes, Velvet Falls, Powerhouse, Pistol Creek and Tappan Falls. Stops at mountain

hot springs and pioneer homesteads provide the perfect balance to the on-river excitement. Evenings find

us eating gourmet river meals relaxing by the campfire, playing horseshoes and listening to the river and

watching for shooting stars!

*Please note – If water levels are low (usually early August depending on snowpack) we may fly in 5 and

9 seater airplanes to a lower put-in point at Indian Creek, which is an amazing flight and a great way to

start your adventure. The flight is an additional ~$130/person (we will take credit card info or checks at

orientation if needed) and the lower put-in point makes it a 75-mile river trip. Guests always say the

flight into the river is one of the highlights of the trip. It also allows more time for hiking and exploring

the canyon, and not have to get out of the rafts and push off of rocks on the upper section.

Aug 19-20

As we drop in elevation, the river widens and the spruce forest opens to vistas of pine-studded mountains

and we enter Impassible Canyon, where no trails can be cut as the sheer walls go up over 3,000 feet. This

section of river is deeper than Grand Canyon. We will navigate fun whitewater such as Haystack,

Bernard, Earthquake Rock, Jack Creek, Cutthroat Cove, Redside and Weber rapids. Between rapids,

you’ll drift quietly over deep pools of transparent water, home to native cutthroat and rainbow trout.

Hikes underneath Waterfall Creek and up to Veil Falls are highlights for many of our guests.

Aug 21

The last day has some of the best and biggest rapids of the trip, including Rubber and Cramer Creek

Rapids, which is a great whitewater crescendo finale for the week. We arrive at the take-out point at

Cache Bar around 10am and drive by bus 1 hour for a picnic lunch at the North Fork Country Store.

After lunch, we drive 3 hours to Stanley, arriving between 4-6pm. You can leave your car parked at the

MFRE warehouse in Stanley during the trip. After a hot shower at your hotel, enjoy Stanley for a nice

dinner on your own at the Sawtooth Hotel or the Casino Club or drive 10 minutes to Red Fish Lake

Lodge. The next morning drive home or to Boise for flights after 12:30pm.

(Overnight in Stanley is not included)

Middle Fork River Expeditions, Box 70, Stanley, ID 83278

800-801- 5146 ~ www.idahorivers.com ~ middlefork@idahorivers.com

What’s Included

♦ ground transportation by bus from Stanley to the river and back to Stanley after the trip.

♦ meals from lunch Sept 1 to lunch Sept 6.

♦ expert leadership with seasoned professional river guides who are Wilderness First Aid and Swiftwater

Rescue certified.

♦ all camping equipment including 4-man tents for 1 or 2 people, large rectangular 20F sleeping bag, 2”

sleeping pad, splash gear tops and bottoms, farmer john wetsuits, and waterproof socks and neoprene

gloves (if needed in June/early July).

♦ 3 dry bags: one for camp clothing, one for sleeping kit (pillow & sleeping bag) and one small dry bag

for items to have access to during the day like sunscreen, rain gear, camera etc.

♦ all commissary equipment for meals and camp.

♦ all rafting equipment (life jackets, helmets, paddles etc.)

♦ all water craft including oar boats, paddle raft, inflatable kayaks and inflatable stand up paddle board.

♦ MFRE mug to use and take home after trip.

What’s Not?

Flights to/from Stanley, Idaho; Motel in Stanley for night before the trip and night the trip ends; flight

into Indian Creek if needed ($130/person); travel insurance (we strongly recommend); optional tipping to

guides (10-15%+ of trip cost) depending on level of satisfaction.


Deposit: $500.00 per person, required for confirmed reservation.

Balance: Is due on May 1.

Cancellation Policy

Deposits are refundable (less $150.00 service charge per person) if written notice is received 120 days

prior to your departure date. With less than 120 days notice from your departure date your monies are

nonrefundable. If Middle Fork River Expeditions must cancel a trip due to water levels, weather

conditions, wildfires or any other circumstances, your trip will be refunded or re-scheduled for the same

date the next summer. Custom trips and groups of ten or more have a separate payment and cancellation


Travel to Stanley, Idaho

There is commercial air service to Boise, Idaho. Then you have 3 options to get to Stanley.

1) Rent a car and drive (131 miles or 3 hours)

2) Shuttle Service with Caldwell Transportation (131 miles or 3 hours)

3) Fly (45 minutes) with small 5 and 9-seater airplanes

Drive: Rental cars – Budget, Payless, Alamo, Hertz, Avis. Cost around $300/week.

Shuttle: Caldwell Transportation- 800-727- 9925- departs at 4pm from Boise airport and 7am from

Stanley. Reservation must be made 48 hours in advance. Cost is $85/one way or $165 roundtrip.

Fly: Sawtooth Flying Services- 800-798- 6105 or 208-342- 7888. ~$335 Boise/Stanley per person round-

trip. Please call in advance to reserve these flights.

Sun Valley Option: Another option is flying into Sun Valley (Hailey Airport) and take a taxi (~$150/van

one-way) to Stanley, which is ~1 ½ hours north. It costs more to fly to Hailey than Boise but more

convenient. Wood River Taxi in Hailey- 208-788- TAXI.


Plan to arrive in Stanley, Idaho by early evening the day before your trip (Aug 15) for our 7:30pm

meeting at the MFRE warehouse, located ¼ mile west on hwy 21 from the Mountain Village Resort on

the left hand side of the street, between the Triangle C Ranch and the Meadow Creek Spa. There are three

MFRE wooden oars at the driveway entrance. We will get acquainted and answers questions, and have a

1-hour orientation to show you how to pack the 3 waterproof bags we provide for your personal gear.

Please have dinner before the meeting. The next morning we depart at 8am. You can leave your car

parked at the MFRE warehouse during the trip. Valuables are best left in the trunk of your car.


Expert Leaders

Middle Fork River Expeditions attracts gifted guides for whom leading trips is their passion. Middle Fork

River Expeditions guides positively elevate your experience by being educators, companions, and the best

of friends. Most MFRE guides have 10 or more years experience as guides, all are First Aid and

Swiftwater Rescue Certified, and are licensed by the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board.


Middle Fork rapids are rated 1 to 3 (4 in June) on a scale of 1 to 6. In our state-of- the-art whitewater rafts,

you'll run 100+ rapids with the aid of experienced, professional, licensed guides. River Requirements:

Minimum age is 12 in June, and 6 in July to September.  Please note, all participants must be able to

swim and be in good physical shape.

River Craft Options

MFRE prides itself in offering more river craft options than any other company on the Middle Fork. We

rotate guests into various river craft depending on your desire for the day. Most guests ride in our oar

powered self-bailing rafts. For the more adventurous we run a paddle raft, no experience required as your

guide steers at the back of the raft while you and other guests paddle up front. When water levels permit

(usually in July and August only) you can try out our single inflatable kayaks. We also have an inflatable

stand up paddle board to play around on at camp. We also use a large baggage boat called a “sweep boat”

(her name is Fiona and has run the Middle Fork with MFRE since 1953, the oldest on the river) that floats

ahead of our group to set up camp for our arrival.

Hiking & Hot Springs

There is plenty of time and numerous opportunities to hike and visit hot springs during your trip. All

hikes during the day can be done in your river shoes and not hiking boots. The Middle Fork Trail runs 80

miles along the Middle Fork, so there is always the option to hike or run along the trail from most

campsites and hiking boots can be used from camp for these hikes. There are half a dozen hot springs in

the river corridor and we camp at or near at least one during our trip. Time and logistics permitting we

hike to waterfalls, scenic grottos, native Shoshone Sheepeater pictographs, or historic hermit cabins in a

given day.


The Middle Fork is a premier fishing experience for advanced or novice anglers. We bring along a

McKenzie drift boat on most trips July thru Sept if water levels permit. MFRE provides instruction with

2 company fly rods and numerous flies for those who would like to learn the art of fly-fishing. The

Middle Fork is a fisherman's paradise; a blue ribbon fishery and all fish are natives – Cutthroat Trout,

Rainbows and Dolly Varden. Special fishing regulations protect the Middle Fork and help restore the fish

population – (catch-and- release, no live bait, single barbless hooks.) An Idaho State fishing license is

required and may be purchased in Stanley, Idaho before the trip at the Mountain Village Mercantile. The

best fishing shop in Stanley is McCoy’s (208-774- 3377) and you can purchase licenses, flies and all your

fishing needs in one professional shop. Kids 14 and under can fish with no license. To get your license in

advance, go to https://id.outdoorcentral.us/. You do not need a license for Day 6 as we will have an early

morning and many rapids so not ideal for fishing, so just get the license for Days 1-5. We will send you a

recommended fly fishing tackle list a couple of weeks before the trip or you can request one anytime.

Middle Fork River Expeditions, Box 70, Stanley, ID 83278

800-801- 5146 ~ www.idahorivers.com ~ middlefork@idahorivers.com


This is one of the best parts of the trip, to be lullabied to sleep by the sound of the river. We provide all

camping gear for you, including a large rectangular sleeping bag, 2” Paco Sleeping pad, small camp

pillow and 4-man tents (for 1 or 2 people only). Guests are expected to set up their own tent but guides

are always available to help single travelers’ or guests that need help. In the evening, we have chairs to

relax in for meals and around the campfire. We bring along a wilderness porta-potty and place it in a

private place with stunning views. We practice Leave No Trace camping ethics, so you are sure to learn a

lot about this on the trip and be able to take some of these new skills home with you.

Bathing and Swimming

The Middle Fork is a very pristine river and there is no bathing allowed in the river and all bathing must

be done above the high water mark, at least 100 feet from any water source and with biodegradable soap.

We have collapsible buckets that you can fill with hot spring water after soaking and can lather up away

from the hot spring and have a friend gently pour it on your head. There are some great swimming holes

and rock jumps on the river that are always optional. No diving is allowed and life jackets must be worn

at all times when swimming. As this is a free flowing snowmelt river drainage, the water temperature is

too cold in June (40-50F) for swimming, refreshing in July (60-70F), and comfortable in August (70+F).


We provide healthy and delicious meals, accompanied with lots of salads, fresh fruits and vegetables. We

also use as much organic produce/products as is available in central Idaho. Our goal is to have you eat

healthy meals so that you feel good and refreshed during the day with lots of energy for fun in this remote

wilderness setting. Vegetarians, Gluten Free and Paleo diets welcome and meat eaters alike. There are

also always snacks available during the day. Our past guests rave about our menu and dutch oven



We offer drinking water at all times as each raft has a water cooler as well as electrolyte crystals during

lunch. For evening we provide soda such as Coke, Diet Coke, Izze and San Pellegrino. We provide

limited (1-2 glasses/person) red and white wine in the evenings. We do not provide beer and you are free

to bring some, just make sure beer is in cans only. For those who want more than a couple of glasses of

wine at night, you can bring more wine if you wish and glass is ok. Hard liquor can be brought in glass as



Idaho weather can be variable and vigorous. So come prepared with warm and cold weather clothing.

There is no such thing as bad weather if you bring the right clothing. Synthetics are best for layering and

keeping you warm in all weather conditions. Weather during the daytime is 70-90F and evenings 40-60F.

The easiest way to think of river trip clothing is having both daytime “river” clothes which are synthetic

and dry camp clothes which are cotton and more comfortable. The daytime clothes will be wet and your

camp clothes will be dry. Have a back up set for both and you will be very well prepared. Below is our

recommended clothing and equipment list. If you bring what’s on the list you will be all set for the trip. If

it rains at camp we set up large tarps so everyone stays dry and have a roaring fire to keep warm if it’s

chilly. During the day, the oar rafts have large umbrellas that can be used in addition to your splash gear.

MFRE Clothing and Equipment List

We Supply

· Large rectangular freshly washed sleeping bag (rated 20F)

· 2” thick “Paco” sleeping pad

· Pillow (this is a camp pillow- 10” x 12”, so if you want a full sized pillow please bring it).

· Splash gear (jacket and pants) for daytime

· 3 Dry Bags (1 for sleep kit, 1 for evening gear, 1 small for daytime gear)

· Kelty Gunnison 4.1 tents (4 man tents for 1-2 people)

· Farmer John wetsuit (when needed in June and early July)

· Waterproof socks and neoprene gloves (for June and early July trips only or if cold sensitive)

· Life Jacket (Type V)

· Helmets (for inflatable kayaks, paddle raft and stand up paddle board only)

· All water craft and commissary equipment, including camp chairs

· MFRE coffee mug– a gift for you to take home

You Bring

· Sarong or quick dry towel (good for sun, drying off or changing clothes)

· Water bottle with carabiner

· Personal toiletry items

· Biodegradable soap (no bathing within 100 feet of any water source is allowed)

· Sunscreen lotion and chapstick

· Sunglasses with retainer

· Sun hat (baseball hat ok, but larger full brim better with chin strap is better)

· Bathing suit

· Socks – 4 pair (2 cotton for camp, 2 synthetic for hiking)

· T-shirts – 3 (two cotton for evenings and one synthetic for daytime)

· Long sleeved shirts – 2 (one cotton for evenings and one synthetic SPF sun shirt for daytime)

· Long pants – 1 (jeans for evening)

· Shorts – 2 (one cotton for evenings and one synthetic for daytime)

· Underwear – assorted (cotton for evening and silk/synthetic for daytime)

· Rain jacket (we provide splash gear tops and bottoms for daytime but nice to have a dry rain jacket

at camp)

· Medium weight fleece or sweater

· Shoes – dry shoes for camp (lightweight hiking boots or tennis shoes)

· Shoes – river shoes (Tekstra or Keens with toe coverage is best but Teva’s will work too)

· Camera and spare battery

· Headlamp (better than flashlight for getting into dry bags at night!)


· Ziploc bags – handy for small items or to isolate wet articles from rest of gear

· Olay face wipes or other brand for cleaning face

· Fishing fly rod in sturdy hard case

· Fishing license (only if you are fishing)

· Shoes- flip flop sandals (for drying