DARRELL SCOTT JAM SESSION ON THE MIDDLE
FORK OF THE SALMON RIVER- IDAHO
AUG 16-21, 2017
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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
(Overnight in Stanley is not included)
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.
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.
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 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
♦ 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
♦ 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.
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.
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT
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
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 ~ email@example.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
· 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
· 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
· 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