Daniel Gardner - Idaho Guide Service

Daniel Gardner

Licensed Guide/ Lead Boatman/ Trip Leader

Guide Status: Active



Daniel has been in a boat since he could sit up. Not only does Daniel have master rafting skills, his passion for customer service is unparalleled. When not rafting Daniel teaches middle school theatre and loves to shoot some hoops. Daniel is married to Alison and they live in Twin Falls. 

Olin and Shelley Gardner

Olin Gardner

Licensed Outfitter/Designated Agent and Lead Guide/Trip Leader for IGS

Guide Status: Active


Olin started his passion for rafting with the Boy Scouts in the early 1970’s out of Camp Bradley on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Olin worked for IGS as a managing agent and then purchased Idaho Guide Service in 1982. Shelley and Olin have operated every season since. In 2015 Olin and Shelley purchased Billingsley Creek Lodging to be closer to the river and offer their guests a place to stay and recreate.

Shelley and Dan Gardner

Shelley Gardner

Lead Coordinator


If you are looking for answers on how to book an IGS river trip here is your go to person. Shelley has years of experience getting families and groups on the perfect river trip. If you want to get her special Rock Chuck Poop recipe, tip the guides well. 

Olin Gardner

Olin Marc Gardner

Olin Marc no longer guides but does enjoy taking a cataraft out on the river every now and then. Olin helps in every compacity of both IGS and Billingsley Creek Lodging. 

Roy Akins

Outfitter/Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman/Trip Leader

Guide Status: Active


One of the premier whitewater and fishing guides in the Northwest, Roy is Shelley’s younger brother. Roy spent his early years hanging out with us and his love for the rivers became his passion. Roy’s knowledge of river systems in the Northwest and especially Idaho, have him listed as one of the top guides in the USA. He is the owner of Rapid River Outfitters in Riggins, Idaho.  Roy and  Karen with their children Boden and  Everlee live in Riggins.

Danny Crystal

Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman/Trip Leader

Guide Status: Retired/Boats for fun.

A lifelong Southern Idaho resident, who is very knowledgeable in Snake River Plain Geology. Danny has hiked most of the Great Rift. Danny Crystal and his family has a very special place in our hearts. Danny has two sons Alex and Sky and grandbaby Elias.

Alex Crystal

Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman/ Trip Leader

Guide Status: Active

Alex Crystal – Alex started guiding for IGS in 2007. During the off season Alex is a high school math teacher and track coach. Alex has an adventurous appetite and loves challenging himself in the outdoors. Alex brings with him a wealth of river knowledge and a fantastic outgoing personality. Alex is married to Christine, they have a son Elias and a great river dog Milo. 

Perri Gardner

Marketing / Staff Support 


Perri is a professor of political Science at the College of Southern Idaho. During the Summer break you can find her helping Shelley with the Dutch oven barbecues or running a shuttle. Perri is married to Jon and they live in Twin Falls.

Bill Studebaker

Licensed Outfitter & Guide/Lead Boatman/Trip Leader

Guide Status: Special Wall of Honor

What can you say about Bill that has not already been said. He was the BEST, we miss him so much. Rest in Peace and paddle hard my Friend! 

River Poetry

Bill Studebaker