Recreation Fee Guidelines for the Salmon

Recreation Fee Guidelines

All permit holders are required to pay a portion of their recreation fees at the time the reservation is made in order to confirm launch date. 

All persons floating the Wild Section 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 be a valid Middle Fork/Salmon Rivers Season Pass holder.

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

Permit holders are responsible for payment of fees for their entire group.  Final recreation fee payments are to be made prior to arrival at launch site through using a credit or debit card.  Corn Creek River personnel are not able to accept checks or cash for payment of recreation fees.  

The permit holder must acknowledge any pass holders (Season, Senior or Access) on at the time of payment. 

Refund Policy:

Payments (and group size) can be adjusted until the morning of the launch date. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card within a few days. “No-shows” will not receive a refund on prepaid fees.

Cancellation/No Show Policy:

If you cannot make the trip, you must cancel your reservation.  All cancelled reservations are entitled to have their recreation fees refunded onto your credit card by; the application fee ($6) is non-refundable.   Failure to show for your scheduled launch date will result in a “No-Show” penalty.  This penalty includes no refund of recreation fees applied to reservation and no refund of application fee ($6).

Season Passes:

Season Passes are available for purchase from the Middle Fork and North Fork offices for $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. Passes purchased after total payment is made for a trip cannot be utilized for that particular trip. Season pass holders must present their pass, along with their photo ID, to the launch site personnel issuing the permit.

Senior and Access Passes:

Senior and Access Passes (formerly Golden Age and Golden Access passports) entitle the holder to purchase a Season Pass at a 50% discount. Both the Senior and Access passes must be obtained in person, and are available at most Forest Service offices. 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 for the lifetime senior pass or $20 for an annual senior pass (valid for one year). 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 passport by presenting written proof of medically determined permanent disability or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law.

Purchases of maps must be made ahead of time through the North Fork Ranger District.

The America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass is not accepted on the Middle Fork or the Wild Salmon Rivers.

If you have questions, please contact the North Fork Ranger District, (208) 865-2700, before submitting payment.