Idaho Trips – Before You Go

If you have any questions prior to leaving for your trip, we welcome you to call our Salt Lake City office, Monday through Friday at 800-624-6323 (outside Utah) or 801-266-2087 (inside Utah).  We’re happy to take the time to answer your questions. You can also contact us by email at [email protected]




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.

The Pack

You will transfer all of your personal clothing and sleep kit (sleeping bag, pad and pillow we provide) into two dry bags (approximately 28″L X 13″W X 13”H). PLEASE DO NOT BRING SUITCASES for this trip! We also give you a small dry bag for personal items during the day, like camera, rain shell, sunscreen etc.  If you have extra luggage and computers, it can be stored in your car trunk during the trip.


You will want to have ID and a major credit card with you in the event of an emergency evacuation due to injury. This never happens, but we want you to be prepared. You can place in a double ziplock and place in the bottom of your dry bag for the trip.  Since jewelry is a potential “loss” item on your river trip, we recommend you leave all valuables at home. You may want to have cash available for a tip for your guides or to purchase items immediately following the river trip. No watches are recommended as this is “river time”.

The Business

We bring along aluminum porta-potties that are placed in an isolated and secluded spot with amazing views of the river canyon.

The Gear

We provide large 20F rectangular sleeping bags, a Kelty camp pillow, and a 2″ thick sleeping pad.  We also provide Kelty Gunnison 4 man tents for 1 or 2 people. Singles go at no extra charge. If you are concerned about sleeping on the ground let us know and we can provide a cot for the trip at no extra charge.

Take a Hike

There are many hiking opportunities on the trip.  The hikes can be short side canyon hikes with river shoes or longer hikes with lightweight hiking shoes from camp.

Gone Fishing

Fly fishing and spin fishing are both common on the Middle Fork and River of No Return. For spin fishing 4 to 6 lb. test line is recommended with swivels and bright colored weight lures. Idaho regulations require barbless hooks or hooks with the barbs bent down on the Middle Fork. Fishing on the Middle Fork is catch and release only. Please bring collapsible poles and rigid pole cases. Please see recommended tackle in the fishing page of our website.   For complete fishing regulations please contact: Idaho Department of Fish and Game
 or 208-334-3700.

Is there a Doctor in the House?

Medical emergencies:  Our guides are trained in first aid and carry first aid supplies only. REMEMBER to bring your own prescription medicines.  ALERT our guides to any medical problem you might have such as diabetes or allergic reactions. Wilderness expeditions are a long way from hospitals, doctors, and pain-relieving medicines.  Evacuations to modern medical care are uncertain, and protracted. In case of evacuation and/or medical treatment beyond first aid, expenses incurred are the responsibility of the participant.

Cancellation Policy

Deposits are refundable (less $150.00 service charge per person) if written notice is received by May 1 of the year you are booked. After May 1 your monies are non-refundable.  We encourage all participants to purchase Travel Insurance (see below).  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 have a separate payment and cancellation policy and final payment is due March 1 and all monies are non-refundable after March 1. Of course, if you must cancel and you do not have trip insurance, we will try and sell your space and give you a full refund if we book someone (or you do).  This often happens with enough time to re-book the trip or spaces.

Just In Case

Medical Evacuation and cancellation insurance on a vacation plan can be obtained from numerous insurance companies. You are responsible for these potential expenses and we strongly encourage all guests to have this coverage. We offer plans by TRAVEL GUARD that cover evacuation, baggage and cancellation claims. Information should be enclosed with this package. It is available to American and Canadian citizens, as well as citizens of another country as long as you have a U.S. address. If you would like a quote or you have questions give us a call. Also, if you are bringing expensive cameras, binoculars, or other items we suggest you have insurance coverage for them (commonly available through Homeowners Policies). In the event of a loss, our insurance will not cover those items.

Tipping the Guides

Your guides will make every effort to see that each of your adventures is enjoyable and successful. Gratuities for guides are appropriate, greatly appreciated and at your discretion, as a gesture of thanks for their professionalism and service. A suggested per-person guideline is around 10-15% of the total trip price. The common practice is to give the gratuity to the trip leader at the end of the trip. In trips where there are multiple guides, the gratuity will be split amongst all of them.  Please make all checks out to “cash” and not MFRE.


We offer drinking water at all times as each raft has a water cooler as well as Ultima Electrolyte and Coconut beverage crystals during lunch.  For evening we provide soda such as LaCroix and other low sugar drinks. If you would like Coke or Diet Coke you can bring that with you and we can make sure they are cold for you.  We provide limited (1-2 glasses) 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 well.

How we Float

We rotate people each day into different river craft if they want.  You can choose, if appropriate, between the oar boats, paddle raft, inflatable kayaks, and SUP (stand up paddle) boards.  If you want to go for it, try the Inflatable Kayaks or Paddle Board. If you feel like relaxing then an oar raft is more suitable.