Meet Our Family

Our Story

Jess and Brenda Baugh own and operate Mountain River Outfitters and Salmon River Tours from our home the Ram House lodge in the River of No Return Wilderness at Mackay Bar.  Guiding and outfitting whitewater rafting, jet boat tours and fishing trips in Idaho for 29 years. It has been rewarding to share Idaho’s great rivers with so many guests and creating lifelong friendships with our clients. We feel privileged to live and work so close to nature and to raise our 3 kids now adults 2 of kids are guides for MRO.  We also have a store and office in Riggins, Idaho on the Salmon River.   This small town, dubbed “Idaho’s Whitewater Capital” located in the mountains of North Central Idaho is a quiet and unspoiled community of a little more than 400 people.


Our Philosophy

There are many outfitters that have good river trips, but none that offer our quality of equipment, professionalism and methods for ensuring exceptional service and attention to detail. I believe we have created the best system for ensuring our guests the highest trip experience available. We accomplish this by only employing professional fun loving guides, using the finest and newest rafting equipment, from our boats to our tents to our kitchen equipment, everything is top of the line. We understand that the little details are what make the perfect river vacation, and we are committed to providing this for every trip regardless of the group size. We have the lowest guide to guest ratio to ensure personalized attention and uncrowded boats.

Meet the Owners

Jess and Brenda Baugh

Idaho’s whitewater rafting has a unique appeal because of its diversity in scenery, vast wilderness, serenity, unique wildlife and its pristine river quality. Our guides will bring all of these elements to life on your rafting adventure. We look forward to creating a personal relationship with you and your family on your next outdoor vacation.
Jess Baugh

Idaho main salmon river rafting trip

Our Guides

We pride ourselves in having the best guides on the water. We only employ experienced, safe, fun-loving and personable guides and staff. It’s hard to choose an outfit when all companies advertise similar qualities, but I guarantee if you choose us for your adventure vacation you will immediately know that you have made the right choice.

Our Boats

Check out our rafts and other awesome ways we make your experience fun.

Our Camp

Check our our deluxe riverside camping - The MRO Difference