Deep in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return is one of the original Wild and Scenic rivers, the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Cutting through the third deepest canyon in North America, the Middle Fork is rich with hot springs, fish, and fun class IV rapids.
All applications are handled through Recreation.gov, while the local Forest Service offices still manages the actual permits. The lottery controlled launch dates for 2019 are May 28 to September 3.
The lottery opens on December 1, 2018 and closes on January 31, 2019. Permit winners will be notified by February 14, 2019. If any dates remain unconfirmed by original lottery winners as of March 16, 2019, they will be opened to others on a first-come, first-served basis.
Permits are required year-round, even outside of the lottery protected dates. Available permit dates for off-season launches are posted on Recreation.gov on October 15. For more information, contact the Middle Fork Ranger District (208.879.4101).
Photo by Zachary Collier
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