July 31 - Aug 5, 2022 Middle Fork Salmon River rafting trip

with Middle Fork River Expeditions

Come join me in one of the most untouched wild places in the lower 48. The trip begins from Stanley, ID. Drop dead beautiful western scenery at its best. Folks can drive, or fly into Boise ID and hire a shuttle or car pool in a car rental.

Middle Fork River Expeditions, a licensed and bonded outfitter in the state of Idaho, has run safe and well-managed river trips on the Middle Fork and Main Stem of the Salmon since 1953. Check out this video about one of my Middle Fork trips and see info for signing up http://www.idahorivers.com/ 


I can bring a total of 24 of us along with 6 staff river guides. The guides were totally amazing, they played and sang way cool songs, cooked outstanding food, and were all masters of getting us down the river. They take five rafts, one for paddling, one for trout fishing folk, three for floating and 4 yellow inflatable kayak (duckies). Everyone gets a chance to ride all of the boats.

The pacing of the week is perfect. We don't start most mornings on the river until around 10am. The staff is up around 6am making a fire and putting on the coffee. Plenty of time for a morning hike or extra fishing . We stopped each day for a very leisurely lunch. In the afternoon we arrive most days at our camp by 4 or 5pm latest. And of course, after dinner  we will have fireside song circle.


Cost is $2699 per person for Middle Fork and $2199 for the Main Stem (sold out). Additional costs are tips for the guides, and if water levels are low a $130 charge to be flown to a remote put-in spot.

The rafting company provides a tent, cozy sleeping bag, pillow, and dry bags for your clothes and a smaller dry bag for a day bag (change of clothes) along with rain gear. They provide all the food you can eat.  







You must have a good level of fitness and balance as you will be getting in and out of the raft while it is bobbing and you will be stepping onto wet rocks that are slippery. There are also some medium level hiking outings.




I’m sure it will be a magical unforgettable week sharing the magic of the river, songs around a fire, and loads of laughter, and friendship.  Send me an email if you are interested. And you can make a reservation with MRFE here: http://www.idahorivers.com/  


"Our 6 days on the magnificent Middle Fork of the Salmon with Johnsmith and Middle Fork River Expeditions (MFRE) was possibly the trip of a lifetime. The majestic canyon, untouched wilderness and the gin clear river, provided the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable outdoor adventure. The Middle Fork provided us with challenging whitewater, crystal clear pools, relaxing hot springs, Indian petroglyphs, fantastic fishing and scenery beyond belief.  MFRE provided us with professional, knowledgable and fun guides, great equipment, expert instruction and healthy gourmet meals. Johnsmith provided us with memorable music and helped us bootstrap a real inspiring community from 23 strangers. Folks, it doesn't get any better than this. In 6 short timeless days we managed to capture lightning in a bottle. Barbara and I could not recommend the trip more. Hats off to everyone involved."

~Randy & Barbara Brown

Johnsmith's newest CD

John's preferred method is for you to buy the CDs directly from him by emailing him at mailto:john@johnsmithmusic.com and we will send you an email invoice that can be paid with a credit card.   Please include the number of CDs you want and your address.  

Price is $15 for 1 CD plus $1 shipping or buy multiple CDs: 2 for $27, 3 for $38 etc.

Or you can send a check to:


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Trempealeau, WI 54661

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