Middle Fork Ranger District

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Cramer Rapid August 2010

The Middle Fork Ranger District office is located in Challis, Idaho. It is one of six districts that comprise the Salmon-Challis National Forest. It administers and oversees over one million acres of land, including over 900,000 acres of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (FC-RONRW) area, one of the last intact wild places in the lower 48 states.

A land of steep mountains, deep canyons, and wild rivers, the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness is the second largest Wilderness in the lower 48 states at 2.4 million acres. The FC-RONRW provides outstanding opportunities for primitive recreation experiences and is home to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, a world-renown whitewater river.

The District oversees the management of the Middle Fork, 104 miles of free-flowing whitewater, where every bend reveals a new dramatic vista and a challenge to boaters’ skills. Visit our Floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon River page.

Trails of the Middle Fork District - click here to access the Trail Condition Report, Trail Maintenance Accomplishment Reports, and other trail work documents.


We are in the process of updating this site to provide you with the most current information. If you cannot find the information you need here, please call our offices at 208-879-4100 for assistance.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Operational Hours: 8:00-11:30 am - 12:30-4:30 pm Monday thru Friday
Reservations: Required for river permits. Visit www.recreation.gov for permit availability and reservations.

General Information


The Middle Fork District Office is located in Challis, Idaho, just north of Main Street along US Highway 93.

Recreation Map

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Middle Fork Trail Management Zones

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