Pickin' On the Middle Fork


The Experience

We are thrilled to be partnering with American Roots Music artists Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono of The Mother Hips, Hot Buttered Rum, Jackie Greene, Jabe Beyer and Scott Griffin Padden and The Larry Keel Experience & Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth to offer specialty rafting trips on the World famous Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Experience the pristine Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area with a live acoustic soundtrack on a 6-day/5-nigh rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Just get yourself to and from the Boise, ID airport and we’ll take care of almost everything in between!

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The trip that started it all: 2013 with The Infamous Stringdusters

Last year, The ‘Dusters returned for another float down the Middle Fork (2014)

See the photo album from 2014 (all photos & videos by Harrison Buck (c) 2014)


The 2017 Artists

This year’s musicians—hand-picked for their active stance in favor of conservation—are excited to focus a portion of their time into this non-traditional tour stop to set the soundtrack for this once-in-a-lifetime wilderness experience.


The Mother HipsThe Mother Hips: July 30 – August 4, 2017
Join Tim and Greg from The Mother Hips on their third annual Middle Fork with The Mother Hips whitewater raft trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. This trip will feature everything that a trip down the Middle Fork Salmon has to offer, great scenery, time to soak in numerous natural hot-springs, delicious made from scratch meals, and if that were not enough, great music by the camp fire each evening. This is the third year in a row for our Middle Fork with The Mother Hips trip, and the third year in a row for a couple of guests/fans have already signed up!



Hot Buttered Rum: August 15-20, 2017

Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time, and a mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step on stage. From Anchorage to Miami, the group’s onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live Butter show. Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum plays what has been described as California’s own acoustic music. At the center of Hot Buttered Rum is the enduring camaraderie of old friends. The band was conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the High Sierra. What was dreamed up on mountaintops and around campfires has found its way into the hearts, minds, and bodies of thousands.



Jackie Greene, Jabe Beyer and Scott Padden: August 23-28, 2017

Join Jackie Greene, Jabe Beyer and Scott Griffin Padden on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River this summer, August 23 – 28, 2017. The Pickin’ on the Middle Fork river trip series is an opportunity to join world-class musicians in an intimate environment….no phones, no cars, no worries. Just the sweet sounds of acoustic music and the river.



Larry Keel and Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth: August 31-September 5, 2017
“With an unofficial title of ‘Flatpickin Legend and Master Fisherman’, Larry is considered one of the best flatpickers on the planet. Steeped in the old-timey and with a gravelly voice as deep and rich as moonshine on a riverbank… Larry’s flat-picking style is as seamless as it is gymnastic and he’s a master at simulating banjo rolls, mandolin runs or even parts that you would normally hear played on a fiddle.” ~ Mousike Magazine This will be Jenny, Larry and Jared’s second year in a row on the Middle Fork and this will be a trip not to be missed!



Nicki Bluhm with Scott Law and Ross James’ Cosmic Twang: September 12–17, 2017
San Francisco meets Idaho! Join Nicki, Scott and Ross for a 6 day and 5 night rafting trip on Idaho’s World famous Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The trip will be 75 miles of pure awesomeness in one of the most beautiful river canyons anywhere. Highlights include soaking in natural hot springs, hiking in the largest Wilderness Area in the Lower 48, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, visiting Native and Euro-American cultural sites, fly fishing for Westslope cutthroat trout, developing a sense of community among your fellow river travelers that will last a lifetime, and if that were not enough, getting to spend time with Nicki, Scott and Ross as they play a selection of music by the campfire each evening. This will be a trip, music-wise, not to miss. Nicki, Scott and Ross are planning to play songs they know and love, revisit songs that have laid dormant for a while, and possibly come up with a new one or two along the way. Pickin’ On the Middle Fork featuring Nicki Bluhm with Scott Law and Ross James’ Cosmic Twang




What’s Included

  • A 6-Day Professionally guided rafting trip on one of the world’s premier wilderness rivers by one of the premier river outfitters in North America.
  • An all-inclusive*, full-service wilderness river vacation with members of the band during the trip you choose.
  • Gourmet riverside dining
  • All required camping equipment, including sleeping bags. You don’t have to set up or breakdown anything!
  • Round-trip ground transportation to/from Boise, ID airport.
  • Memories for a lifetime.

A $500 per seat deposit is required to confirm a reservation. Payment plans are available with the remaining balance due 90 days prior to the launch of your trip.

*Attendees are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the Boise Airport (BOI) before and after their trip. Guests are also responsible for one hotel stay in Stanley, ID the evening prior to the launch of the trip, a hotel stay in Salmon, ID the evening your trip concludes, the cost of the flight (if needed) from Stanley, ID to the river, and gratuity for the guide crew.