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Guide to the Middle Fork and Main Salmon Rivers, Idaho

Guide to the Middle Fork and Main Salmon Rivers, Idaho

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Guide to the Middle Fork and Main Salmon Rivers, Idaho, Fourth Edition.

ISBN 978-1-7324017-3-0

76 pages with 32 maps, 184 miles, color photographs and shaded topographic relief.

Errata & Revisions

Mile 4-6 on the Middle Fork - Severe debris flows in 2022 blocked the river with logs, debris fans, and a destroyed pack bridge. The river cleared some of this out, and Helfrich Outfitters removed the bridge from the river in September, but conditions were still poor at the end of the 2022 boating season. High water in 2023 will begin to rearrange things, but it will be some time before conditions stabilize. Check with the Forest Service for current information before launching!

Digital Maps

Scan the QR Code below to download the supplementary Avenza digital map with GPS waypoints. 

Avenza Map Bundle for the Middle Fork & Main Salmon Rivers

Our Guide Books

Our spiral-bound guide books are offset-printed on plastic pages. The covers are plastic card stock. The entire books are waterproof and tear resistant (but not indestructible!). Our guide books include mile-by-mile descriptions of campsites, rapids, and points of interest and include many photographs.

Care of Your Books

You can write on dry plastic pages with an indelible marker like a Sanford Sharpie. If your offset printed map or guide book gets wet, don't worry! It can stay wet without damage. You will eventually want to dry it out with a rag or by turning and air drying each page. The pages usually won't stick, but... Don't cook your books! We have seen some books with pages that stick, especially where the ink is heavy over photographs. The only way we are able to reproduce this effect is to let a wet book dry for an extended time in the hot sun. You should avoid leaving your book in the direct sun or a hot vehicle or trailer for any longer than necessary. Day-to-day use in the sun while on the river has never been a problem that we've seen. Don't freeze your books! We have seen books that were wet and frozen lose some of their ink and underlying coating that holds the ink to the plastic page. If your book is wet and frozen, we suggest either letting it defrost or dipping it in the river for a minute to melt the ice and allow the pages to separate.

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