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What to Know about COVID-19 and Rafting on the Middle Fork of the Salmon

Updated: Jun 25, 2020


We are so excited to operate world class river trips this summer. We have spent hours, days and months preparing for this season and coming up with systems and strategies to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 on the river. We cannot eliminate the risk entirely, but here are some of the ways we are implementing and enhancing our practices to provide our guests with the best trip possible.

Guiding Principles

We have added some new elements to our trips and enhanced safety and sanitation measures. We are actively promoting and engaging in:

Enhanced Cleaning & Hand Washing

We have invested in commercial grade sanitizers and implemented new systems to clean all group gear. We have extra guides on every trip to help with sanitation and keep all our systems fluid. We are setting up more hand wash systems than normal, and bringing more hand sanitizer than you can shake a stick at. Get ready to hear the call, "Wash your hands!"

Physical Distance & Reduced Contact

The good news is, there is no better vacation right now than on the river. There are 3 main ways MFA is encouraging physical distance and reduced contact. One, we are bringing more guides to allow groups and families to have a boat to themselves whenever possible. Two, we are setting up our camps and group activities in ways that encourage and maintain physical distance. Three, we are working with all of our guests to mitigate their exposure, before, during travel and on the trip. See out key points for guests below.

Key Points for Our Guest

As you prepare for your summer vacation here are the things you should keep in mind.


We ask that leading up to the trip guests monitor their temperatures, practice responsible social distancing, and take a COVID-19 test if possible.

Face Coverings

Please bring a mask for situations like travel to and from the river, potential for changes in health and to cover any coughs or sneezes.

Personal Equipment

Limiting the amount of group equipment is a key way we can cut down on the amount of surfaces each person touches. We are recommending that guests bring their own tent, pad, sleeping bag and pillow if they are able. Our reservation and guide staff is happy to help make sure you have the right gear before the trip and that you are comfortable during the adventure. If bringing your own sleeping accommodations isn't practical for you, we're more than happy to provide those items.


We are encouraging guests to drive to the put in and have their vehicles shuttled to the take out. This cuts down on the need to have group transportation to and from the trip. If driving to the put-in isn't possible, we will still be running a bus to the launch and take-out points which you are welcome to ride with a face covering.

Expanded Trip Offerings

This is the fun part - we have been racking our noggins and crunching numbers to be able to offer customized trips this summer.

2020 Small Charter Trips

This year only we are offering a special deal for families and small groups on select dates. Bring your quaranTEAM on the adventure of a lifetime. These trips are highly customizable, private and are a limited time offer. Learn more here.

Please Note

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other Guests, and Guides. Please help us uphold these measures and keep each other healthy!

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By coming as a guest with Middle Fork Adventures, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.



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