We love to host hardshell boaters, however, some skill is required for safety reasons.
All kayakers and canoeists should realize that the Middle Fork is a fairly technical river, chock full of rocks. Many of the rapids are long and scouting is usually done from the boat. On the other hand, the Main Salmon is a deep-water river with few exposed rocks. Its rapids are more of the “drop-pool” variety, making it a more forgiving river.
For canoeists, we recommend the July and August time periods. June’s big water makes it tough to run dry, especially for tandem teams. If you want to try June, a reliable roll and prior big water experience are required.
***Please note that if you are kayaking or canoeing with us on a Middle Fork trip where water levels or conditions necessitate an Indian Creek launch, we will need to work with you to find a plan to get your boats in, and there may be additional fees of $100/ per kayak per flight if backcountry flights are required for your boats. Unfortunately, we cannot fly canoes in, due to airplane capacity.
Kayakers and canoeists will need to bring their own personal gear including:
CANYONS provides a spare paddle for the group.
Our kayaks are equipped with stern airbags, adjustable hip pads, adjustable foot braces, and a sponge.
Our Canoes have knee pads that are glued down, airbags, and a bailer. We bring along spray adhesive and minicell foam for custom outfitting if needed.
For more information about recommended gear: What to Bring
**You will need to reserve these in advance. You are also welcome to bring your own.
To view our hardshell kayaks, click here: KAYAKS
Decked Solo Canoes: Perception Gyramax, Dagger Atom.
Solo Open Canoes: Whitesell Descender; Mad River ME; Outrage X; Mohawk Viper; Dagger Encore, Impulse, Rival. Tandem Open Canoes: Dagger-Caption, Dagger- Caper( both can be solo-ed, too).