Every mom knows that the secret of planning the perfect family adventure vacation is finding a destination with something for everyone. The goal is to keep the kids happy and engaged while providing mom and dad with activities they will enjoy along with the kids. Outfitted river trips on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon fill that goal in abundance.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon features 100 miles of crystal-clear water teeming with wild trout, exhilarating whitewater, stunning scenery, magnificent hiking trails, soothing natural hot springs, and numerous historical sites. Add to that a riverside “luxury camping” experience where guides prepare exquisite meals and you have the setting for the perfect vacation.
River rafting vacations have become popular with multi-generational family groups looking to vacation together and experience a variety of activities. A typical day on the Middle Fork might find the kids kayaking, dad fly-fishing, mom navigating a paddle raft, the group hiking to a nearby hot-springs, all the while creating family memories that will last a lifetime.
Jerry Hughes runs Hughes River Expeditions and outfits on the Snake River, Salmon and Middle Fork in Idaho. He thinks that the ease of planning, the adventure, and the opportunity for families to spend time together without distractions attributes to the popularity of river rafting vacations. “Sitting around a campfire with your kids is an experience we once took for granted,” Hughes notes. “But in today’s tech connected world, it’s something wonderfully rejuvenating.”
Outfitters have made planning a Middle Fork vacation easy. Most trips originate in the mountain village of Stanley, Idaho, easily reached from Boise. Most top-quality outfitters provide all necessary camping gear including comfortable ground mattresses, clean sleeping bags and spacious tents. Guests need to bring only changes of clothing and personal items.
“We’ve been running the Middle Fork since 1978,” says Mary Papale, who along with husband Bob Volpert, runs Idaho River Journeys. “Our favorite guest comment is one we hear every summer. “Our rafting trip with you was the best family vacation we’ve ever taken.”
Middle Fork trips are typically 6-days long. For information about vacationing on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, contact one of these premier river outfitters:
Idaho River Journeys, 1-888-997-8399
Hughes River Expeditions, 1-800-262-1882
Solitude River Trips, 1-800-396-1776
Far & Away Adventures, 1-800-232-8588
Rocky Mountain River Tours, 1-208-345-2400
For more information about Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon or family rafting vacations in general, contact Mary Papale at 1-888-997-8399. Mary is the mother of 3 sons who grew up in an outfitting family and now guide on the Middle Fork for Idaho River Journeys.