Middle Fork Salmon Flights
Charter Flights into the Middle Fork of the Salmon
Air Idaho Charters is well positioned to offer private charter airplane flights into the central wilderness areas of Idaho for your whitewater rafting trips down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River or the main fork of the Salmon River. There are many airports that we are capable of flying you into including the Stanley Airport, the Challis Airport, Salmon Airport and the Sun Valley Airport. Our aircraft can fly up to four passengers and luggage nonstop to your destination turning that 12 hour drive into a 2 hour flight.
The typical Middle Fork of the Salmon River rafting trip will start in Stanley, Idaho where you meet up with your guides to begin your trip. The airport in Stanley, Idaho is 4,300 feet long, making it a perfect drop off point for your charter flight and the beginning of your adventure. We can fly you directly into Stanley from almost any location in the Western United States. For example, if you live in Seattle, Washington, we can pick you and your crew up and give you a direct flight from there to Stanley, Idaho. This does away with the hassle of commercial flying with two or more legs or the long and tedious drive. When your trip is complete, we can pick you up at the Salmon Airport in Salmon, Idaho for your flight back home. Click the link below for a document on our rates.
To Book Your Flight Call 208-304-0883 or email [email protected]
Sample Flight Times for Middle Fork of the Salmon Trip:
Seattle to Stanley : 1 hour 55 minutes
Portland to Stanley: 1 hour 50 minutes
Spokane to Stanley: 1 hour 15 minutes
About the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and the Frank Church River of No Return
One of the original eight rivers in the nation designated as Wild and Scenic on October 2, 1968, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River originates 20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, with the merging of Bear Valley and Marsh Creeks. The entire river, to its confluence with the Salmon River, is designated and is classified as wild with the exception of a one-mile segment near the Dagger Falls-Boundary Creek Road, which is classified as scenic. All except this short scenic segment is also within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
The Middle Fork is one of the last free-flowing tributaries of the Salmon River system. Because of its remote location, man’s presence in the area was somewhat limited, leaving it in the condition we see today. Only a few trails, landing strips, private ranches and Forest Service stations are evidence of man’s intrusion.
While man’s impact on the area has been relatively light, it has been diverse. The Native Americans who occupied the Middle Fork drainage were known as The Sheepeaters. They gained their name from the bighorn sheep that were prevalent in the area and constituted much of their diet. White trappers, miners and settlers began coming into the area in the 1850′s. No road access was ever built, and all supplies came in by horseback. Floating the river began in the 20′s with a few adventurous souls who wanted to see beyond the rock wall canyon at Big Creek where the trail ended.
Wildlife along the Middle Fork river is abundant due to the designation and isolation of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The river moves through a variety of climates and land types, from alpine forest to high mountain desert to sheer rock-walled canyon, creating a wide variety of habitats. Deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, bear and cougar are just a few of the animals to make the area their home. The Middle Fork drainage was one of the sites for the wolf reintroduction program. The fishery is one of the best catch and release fly fisheries in the nation.
The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness occupies part of an extensive geological formation known as the Idaho Batholith. This formation, mainly granite, has been severely eroded, exposing underlying rock formations laid down during the Precambrian, Permian, Triassic and Cretaceous periods.