Daniel Gardner - Idaho Guide Service

Daniel Gardner

Licensed Guide/ Lead Boatman/ Trip Leader

Guide Status: Active


Daniel Gardner- Licensed Guide/ Lead Boatman/ Trip Leader.

Danman, our Main Man and trip leader, excellent boatman, and all around funny and fun guy. Daniel is very knowledgeable about Idaho Rivers and Rafting. Daniel is in high demand as anyone who had been on his boat wants to be back on his boat again.. A talented Actor and Singer Daniel graduated from Boise State with a Communication degree and is teaching in the Twin Falls School District. This is Daniel’s 11th season as a guide, but he has been working for us since he was born….his 1st rafting trip he was barely 2.. *(Father & Son Guide Team Member)

Olin and Shelley Gardner

Olin Gardner

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

Guide Status: Active


Olin Started with the Boy Scouts in the early 1970’s out of Camp Bradley on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Went to work for IGS out of college in 1978. Purchased Idaho Guide Service in 1982. Shelley and Olin have operated every season since. *( Father & Son Guide Team Member)

Shelley and Dan Gardner

Shelley Gardner

Lead Coordinator


 Mother of 3 children, Olin-Marc, Perri, and Daniel. Shell is the glue that make’s everything work. If you need things to get accomplished Shelley is the go to person.

Olin Gardner

Olin Marc Gardner

Guide Status: Active


Olin Marc Gardner- Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman/Trip Leader. Olin and Shelley’s oldest son, returning for his 10th season of guiding on the Snake and Salmon Rivers. Oly is now managing our new business venture in Hagerman at Billingsey Creek. Olin Marc is a really fun guide who enjoys sharing his knowledge of the area and has been on the river most of his life. *(Father & Son Guide Team Member).

Mike Hicks

Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman

Guide Status: Active


Lives and works on the Salmon in Riggins. Hicksey is a great boatman with lots of river miles under his belt. Mike has worked in Alaska and South American but loves the Salmon River the most.

Shane Harper

Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman

Guide Status: Active


Shane Harper – Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman. Shane lives in Riggins, and he and Ashley have built a lovely home up the canyon. They have 4 children now. Ashley teaches school and coaches in Riggins. Shane has been very busy with lots of irons in the fire. He has been going to Alaska to fish every spring and is involved in the construction business on the Salmon also. As one of IGS best Guides EVER he is still on the river when other commitments are put on hold so he can still have his River Time..

Roy Akins

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 and took his first river trip with us when he was 15 on the Murtaugh. ( Not sure his parents, my in-laws have ever forgiven us for that) Since then he has had the river bug, big time. Roy’s knowledge of river systems in the Northwest and especially Idaho, have him listed as one of the top guides in the USA. Roy used to spend his winters in South American on some of the biggest rapids in the world. Roy and  Karen with their children Boden and  Everlee prefer to stay in Riggins and fish for Salmon and Steelhead. Roy is one of the premier fishing guides in Idaho and is in demand almost every day that fish are running up. 

Nate Moody

Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman

Guide Status: Active


Nate has lived next door to the Gardner’s all of his life. Graduated with honors at BSU as a Philosophy Major. Expert Outdoors man in diverse fields such as Rock Climbing, Back country & Alpine Skiing, Whitewater Kayaking and Canoeing, Biking etc. Olin Marc and Nate grew up to gather in the neighborhood and were buddies in grade school and beyond. Nate is a very consummate boatman and has great knowledge of Idaho and its people. Nate is a blast to be on board with and enjoys whatever he does immensely.

Danny Crystal

Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman/Trip Leader

Guide Status: Active


One of our 1st guides way back in the 80’s. A lifelong Southern Idaho resident, who is very knowledgeable in Snake River Plain Geology, and has walked most of the Great Rift. Danny Crystal and his family has a very special place in our hearts here at IGS. *( Father & Son Guide Team Member)

Alex Crystal

Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman/ Trip Leader

Guide Status: Active


Alex Crystal -Licensed Guide/Lead Boatman/ Trip Leader. Danny’s son and a high school math teacher. Alex is one of our most senior guides and has a wealth of experience on Idaho and Montana Rivers. This will be Alex’s 13th year of guiding on the Snake and Salmon Rivers. *(Father & Son Guide Team Member)