About North Fork Guides

Anthony Leonard owns and operates North Fork Guides, and has many friendly, experienced and knowledgeable guides. North Fork Guides outfitters has been specializing in personal customized whitewater rafting trips on the Salmon River since the 1970’s!  North Fork Guides prides itself on the quality of your trip, not the quantity, of our river trips!  Experience whitewater rafting on the Salmon River / Frank Church Wilderness Area in Idaho with us for your next adventure.!


Whitewater river rafting in the Idaho Wilderness is busy!  Many who book their family rafting vacation on the Salmon River find their outfitters to be a large corporations which strive to run full capacity trips with 25 or more guests on their so-called “Wilderness Vacation.”  While I understand that “good business” sense encourages maximum profits I do not believe that you receive the true wilderness experience with crowds and queues. We enjoy Idaho river rafting away from the crowds. North Fork Guides prefers personalized family and friends trips! Other rafters on the river rarely recognize us as a commercial trip, They will see you as a private family on a Wilderness Rafting Trip, or a group of friends from the office Fly Fishing on the river! I makes me smile and feel that we are doing a good job when someone rows past and inquires, “You guys are private, aren’t you?”  that’s the best compliment I could ever receive. There are few high quality, local outfitters, based in Salmon who can give you a similar whitewater rafting experience with a home-town feel, If my launch dates don’t coincide with yours, please call me and I’ll be glad to recommend my friendly local competitors who can put together a great adventure travel package.


North Fork Guides have operated our Wilderness Whitewater Rafting outfitting business from the North Fork Store since 1975.  It is headquarters, office and meeting place for all of our rafting and fishing trips.  The North Fork Store’s facilities include a cafe, store, motel, post office, Laundromat, campground, RV parking and state liquor store.  They sell fishing licenses and the right tackle for fly fishing, bass or Steelhead fishing. And the North Fork store still has a lot of great advice available to the out of town fishing client.The North Fork Store is the first stop on everyone’s river trip.  Up-to-date information regarding river conditions, water level and the steelhead run is available to both private and commercial trips. 

Anthony Leonard

Salmon River Fishing and Whitewater Rafting