Recreation Fees for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

All persons floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon River must pay a Recreation Fee in the amount of $4.00 per person per day (or any part of a day) or have a valid Salmon Rivers Season Pass.

Permit holders are responsible for complete and final payment of fees. Use your account to ensure that your reservation details and payment are finalized before you leave for the launch. River rangers at the launch sites ask that the majority of your trip details, especially the number of people and days, be updated at least three days prior to your launch date. This allows them to anticipate how many large or small groups will be arriving for camp assignment purposes.

The launch sites do not accept cash or checks for river recreation fees.


Refund and Change Policy

Trip details, including the number of people, names, pass information, trip length, entry and exit points, as well as craft information can be adjusted prior your arrival at the launch. If someone doesn't arrive due to a last minute change, inform the launch site personnel so they can adjust the reservation before the permit is issued. If you reduce the number of people or days, any recreation fee refund will be credited back to the credit card within a few days.

No-shows (permit holders who fail to cancel or pick up their permit) will not receive any refund of prepaid fees.



Discounts for river recreation fees are limited to the pass holder only. Season pass holders and persons using a Senior or Access Pass for a fee discount must present their pass, along with their photo ID, to the launch personnel issuing the permit. The pass number must be entered into the reservation details prior to arrival at the launch.

A fee reduction of 50% is available to Senior or Access Pass holders (formerly Golden Age or Golden Access Passports).

However, the America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass is NOT accepted on the Middle Fork of the Salmon or the Wild Salmon Rivers for float permit recreation fees.


Salmon Rivers Season Passes

Season Passes are local passes that are only available for purchase from the Middle Fork and North Fork offices. The cost is $40.00; this pass entitles the holder only (not other members of their party) to float the Middle Fork and/or Salmon Rivers without further payment of Recreation Fees for one year from the date of purchase. Season pass holders listed in the reservation must present their pass, along with their photo ID, to the launch personnel issuing the permit.

Senior and Access Passes (formerly Golden Age and Golden Access passports) entitle the holder to purchase their Season Pass at a 50% discount.

Both the Senior and Access passes have to be obtained in person, and are available at most Forest Service offices, but are not available at the launch sites.

Senior Passes are available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are 62 years old or older. You must show proof of age, plus there is a one-time $80 processing fee.

The Access Pass is available only to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who have been medically determined to be blind or permanently disabled. You may obtain this pass by presenting proof of medically determined permanent disability or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law.



Purchases of maps, season passes and Idaho Aquatic Invasive Species stickers must be made ahead of time; they are not available at the launch sites. 

To order a Salmon Rivers Season Pass, complete this order form and allow 2-3 weeks for processing. 

To order river maps, use this map order form and allow 2-3 weeks processing time. 

To order Idaho AIS stickers for your craft, visit this website  to order or to find vendors around the state.