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Late Storms Bode Well for Western U.S. Rafting & Fishing Vacations

April 17, 2012

SALMON, Idaho, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Hydrologists with the Natural Resources Conservation Service have dubbed the near-record snowfall recorded in northern Idaho last month “March Madness”. Late winter storms dumped prodigious amounts of snow in the mountains, bringing seasonal precipitation levels above average for the first time all winter. Nearby states benefited from these late winter storms as well. Precipitation in Oregon boosted that state’s snowpack to over 100% and Washington’s to more than 125% of average. For outfitters offering rafting and fly-fishing vacations in the northwest U.S., the new water reports and forecasts are good news.

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Bob Volpert runs Idaho River Journeys and outfits rafting and fly-fishing trips on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon. “Our clients come from all over the country and they’ve gotten pretty savvy about water conditions,” said Volpert. “We’re bouncing back from the recession and good water conditions will certainly help further our recovery.”

Located in central Idaho, the Middle Fork of the Salmon is one of the most popular river rafting destinations in the world. Guided trips are typically 5 or 6 days and cover 75 – 100 miles. Volpert’s outfit launches a trip every week from early June through September. Peak flows in June attract high-water enthusiasts looking for the biggest rapids of the season. Once those flows have subsided, the Middle Fork appeals to families looking for a vacation that features celebrated whitewater, dazzling scenery, hiking opportunities, world famous fly-fishing, and traditional outfitted camping with acclaimed camp cuisine.

“Our first-time guests come for the rafting”, says Mary Papale co-owner of Idaho River Journeys. “But when they come back for another trip, they return for all the other aspects of a first-class vacation.” Mary continues, “Our guests are treated to wine-tastings, individual fly-fishing instruction, guided hikes, camps set up by professional hosts, and of course, delicious meals distinctively prepared by river-guide chefs.”

Idaho River Journeys is an award winning river outfitter based in Salmon, Idaho. Named “One of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, the company has been in business since 1978. Information about the rafting and fly-fishing trips offered by Idaho River Journeys can be found at http://www.IdahoRiverJourneys.com or by calling them at 1-208-756-8116.

Note to Media: For more information, photos or to arrange a media trip, contact Bob Volpert at 1-208-756-8116.

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