Middle Fork of the Salmon River Expected to Have Superb Summer Rafting Conditions; Above Average Winter Precipitation Attracting Vacationers to Idaho's Famous Wild River

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Middle Fork Outfitters Association members report strong demand for 2014 trips. Summer river flows likely to be ideal for rafting and fly-fishing.

River guides, outfitters and vacationers alike are gearing up for what promises to be an ideal 2014 season on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, storms that pummeled Idaho in February and early March brought the snowpack near the Middle Fork to well above average, pointing to an exceptional season on America’s premier wilderness river.

As of mid-March, precipitation in the Salmon Basin is 114% of average. (For details, visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service).

"Our outfitter members are booking a lot of trips earlier than usual this year. Demand seems to reflect the weather pattern that brought big storms to Idaho late this winter," says Grant Simonds, Executive Director of the Middle Fork Outfitters Association.

Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon offers an ideal adventure vacation for families, couples, friends, groups and individuals. Typical trips are 5 or 6 days and cover 75 – 100 miles of crystal-clear water teeming with trout, diverse and stunning scenery, waterfalls, soothing natural hot springs, and world famous fly-fishing.

About two-dozen outfitters offer vacations on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. On a given day, only a few are authorized to launch trips. The U.S. Forest Service regulates access to the river and each group is assigned individual riverside camps for their trip. These access and camping restrictions mean that the river is never crowded, enhancing the experience of each small outfitted party.

Those looking to book a Middle Fork of the Salmon vacation will find a wealth of information at the Middle Fork Outfitters Association website. The site provides suggestions on booking a trip as well as general and area information. Visitors to the site will find a Date Selection feature that returns the names of outfitters launching a trip on a specific date. There is also a listing of all member outfitters that includes their contact information that can be downloaded as a PDF.

The Middle Fork Outfitters Association is a trade organization composed of professional outfitters who provide public river trips on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon. All members hold a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service authorizing them to conduct trips and they are all licensed by the State of Idaho.

Note to Media: For more information or to arrange a media trip, contact Grant Simonds, Executive Director of the Middle Fork Outfitters Association. 1-208-336-3014.

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