4. Middle Fork Permits


Link to USFS Site: Go HEREMiddle Fork

Link to USFS Middle Fork Info: Go HERE

Current Gauge is HERE

Hydrograph Charts

Permit and Trip Requirements

All boaters floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon are required to obtain a trip permit before launching at any time of the year. Boaters floating a tributary and exiting onto the Middle Fork must have a reservation for the day they will enter the Middle Fork, and obtain a permit before launching. The only exception allows for Big Creek floaters who exit the Middle Fork the same day they enter the river corridor. However a tributary permit must be obtained from the Krassel Ranger District, 208-634-0600.

Seven launches per day are allowed on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Launch reservations for May 28 thru September 3 (the lottery control season) are assigned by the Four River Lottery System. Pre- and post-season launches may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, by telephone only, beginning October 1 (or the first working day in October) each year.

The successful applicant (or reservation holder) becomes the permit holder, who must accompany their group at all times while on the river. Permits are not transferable.
Permit Holder must be 18 years old by the launch date.

Fee Payment. Permit holder is responsible for submitting payment of the entire group’s Recreation Fees prior to launching. Fees must be submitted to the Middle Fork Ranger District at least three working days before the launch date. Please read the Recreation Fee Guidelines for more information and for details about our payment requirements and refund policy.

Conditions of the Permit. The permit holder will sign a permit affirming that they have read and understand the definition of a private float trip. The permit holder is then authorized to enter onto the Middle Fork of the Salmon Wild & Scenic River subject to the following conditions:

  • Permit holder signs the permit and becomes responsible for the group and must be present and accompany the group at all times while on the river.
  • Observe all local, State and Federal laws and regulations.
  • Camp in the assigned camps listed on the permit.
  • Carry and display permit upon request of any Forest Officer.
  • Carry a porta-potty with sufficient carrying capacity for the number of persons in your group (a person generates approx. 1 lb. of waste per day). If you have a pet, you must transport out all pet feces. A biodegradable plastic bag system will be allowed if it meets EPA Group II waste standards and its waste bags can be disposed of in landfills. A hard-shell waterproof container is required for th eused waste bags.
  • Use a firepan or other container to contain all campfire ashes and charcoal. Ashes and charcoal are to be carried out. Build fires only in safe locations within a fire pan. Tend them with extreme care and completely extinguish prior to retiring for the night or leaving the area. Do not build fire rings.
  • Pick up all garbage including foil, plastic bottles, cans, cigarette butts, and pop tops, and carrying them out of the river area to a provided dump site and recycling station.
  • Do NOT use soap, not even biodegradable soap, in any stream, river, lake or hot springs.
  • Carry a mesh strainer fine enough to filter coffee grounds. This should be use to strain food particles and other materials from your dish- and gray-water.
  • Carry a bucket and a shovel for fire fighting.
  • During the Lottery Control Season, (May 28-September 3) group size determines trip length:

    Group Type

    Group Size

    Maximum Trip Length


    21 – 30

    6 days – 5 nights

    11 – 20

    7 days – 6 nights

    1 – 10

    8days – 7 nights


    21 – 24

    6days – 5 nights

    11 – 20

    7 days – 6 nights

    1 – 10

    8 days – 7 nights

  • Outside the Lottery Control Season the maximum group size is 24 and the maximum trip length is 8 days.
  • Public nudity is prohibited.
  • The Antiquities Act prohibits the casual collection of artifacts. For this reason, we ask that you protect and leave all archeological artifacts and natural features intact. Take only pictures and memories; leave only footprints.

Passenger List A formal, complete passenger list will be required on the day of the launch. At that time each person will be required to sign a document stating that their trip is a private trip and that there is a bona fide sharing of expenses among the participants.

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