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Mackay Bar Outfitters & Guest Ranch is located in the heart of Idaho, East of Riggins, Idaho where the South Fork of the Salmon flows into the Main Salmon.

The Salmon is also known as The River of No Return.    Idaho’s Salmon River is the longest undammed, free-flowing river contained in a single state in the lower 48 states. Boise, Idaho is the nearest major city.

Part of the excitement of your vacation will be getting to Mackay Bar Ranch! Most of our guests who have confirmed reservations, choose to drive to the boat ramp at Vinegar Creek via Riggins, Idaho and travel by boat to Mackay Bar Ranch.  During the summer months, many of our guests arrive by a private or chartered raft. 

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Starting in Riggins, Idaho travel across the new concrete bridge heading up the Main Salmon River Road. You will stay on this road traveling 26 miles until you reach Vinegar Creek Boat Ramp – this will be the end of the road – you will follow the main Salmon River the entire way. This road is paved for the first 10 miles. It is a winding 26 miles so please allow yourself 1 to 1 ½  hours. We will be waiting for you at the end of the road – you will continue the rest of your journey to Mackay Bar Ranch via jet boat (about an hour jet boat trip). You can either get to the Ranch via the Mackay Bar Ranch jet boat or your own jet boat!

Starting at Corn Creek boat launch, many guests arrive to the ranch either by private or commercial raft. Contact us for commercial float trip reference for companies that overnight at Mackay Bar Ranch! To book your overnight Lodge Stay Package with us, see our Raft In Lodge Stay Package.

With prior reservations, summer time offers a great Idaho ATV ride from the mountain tops in Dixie, ID to Mackay Bar Ranch below on the Salmon River.  Contact us for group reservations and for more details visit our Overnight ATV-In Getaway Package.

With prior reservations, spring and  summertime offers a great Idaho backcountry fly-in destination for those with their own plane.  For more details, please refer to our Idaho Backcountry Fly-in Overnight Package  as well as our AIRSTRIP Rules and Regulations and contact us for group reservations for overnight packages.

We recommend Arnolds Aviation out of Cascade Idaho, Sawtooth Flying Service and McCall Aviation, both out of McCall Idaho and SP Aircraft out of Boise, ID  –– all well-known for their backcountry experience and pilots. Click here to see this list in a printable form

Arnolds Aviation

Sawtooth Flying Service

McCall Aviation
300 Deinhard Lane
McCall, ID 83638
Telephone: 208-634-7137 ex.1 – this is for charter and reservations

SP Aircraft
4888 W Aeronca St, Boise, ID 83705 

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