Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I register?
A: You can register two ways, either on-line or by phone. If on-line, you may do so here. If by phone, simply call us here at the Fishtrap Office, 541-426-3623, and we will get you signed up.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: The fee is $280 per week.

Q: Where do we meet to sign in?
A: There is no formal sign in time for IWR, just make sure to be down at the cabin in time for dinner on the first Sunday of your week. The retreat begins on Sunday and ends the following Saturday

Q: How do I get in touch with other participants to figure out carpooling to the retreat site?
A: Your den mom will send an email to the entire group a few weeks ahead of time. Reply all and ask if anyone is coming from your area.

Q: How far is the retreat site in Imnaha from Portland, Seattle, and/or Boise?
A: From Portland, OR it usually takes 7 hours to drive to the town of Imnaha. From Seattle, WA about 8 hours. From Boise, ID about 5 hours.

Q: Where can I leave my car?
A: As you round the river bend across the river from the cabin (see directions and map) there will be a grassy parking area to your right for you to park your car. From there, hop on out and cross the wooden suspension bridge to the retreat site!

Q: What is housing like at the retreat?
A. You can choose to stay in either the main cabin or the “treehouse.” Please see the “Imnaha Writers’ Retreat Overview” for more details.

Q: How do meals work?
A: You are in charge of bringing food for yourself to cook breakfast and lunch throughout the week. We also ask that you bring food to cook one communal dinner for the entire group (which is often a highlight for participants), but apart from the one dinner you cook, all other dinners will be prepared by other members in your group.

Q: What if I have specific dietary needs?
A: If you have special dietary needs, please do let us know, but make sure you bring your own supplemental food.

Q: Is there electricity? Should I bring my computer?
A: Yes, there is electricity in all buildings, and if you prefer to write on a computer we encourage you to bring one. Fishtrap does not provide any computers for participant use. See further details for a list of recommended appliances to bring.

Q: Is there internet or WiFi at the retreat site?
A: No there is not, but there are many places with WiFi in the towns of Enterprise and Joseph (roughly 40 miles away) if you wish to connect.

Q: Will there be running water and showers?
A: Yes there is running water, showers, and bathrooms.

Q: What is the alcohol policy?
A: Fishtrap does not provide alcohol, but you are free to bring your own and imbibe in moderation.

Q: What is the weather like?
A: The weather and seasons are changing down in Imnaha Canyon. One day can be snow and the next warm sunshine. Check the weather forecast as your week draws near and do make sure to bring clothing for any sort of weather.

Q: What type of clothing should I bring?
A: We recommend you bring clothing for any sort of weather –cold, warm, hot, rainy, windy. If you enjoy going for walks, hiking, and/or running, bring your outdoor gear, sun hat, gloves, and hiking boots. Also, you probably want to bring along your bathing suit, just in case (there is an amazing swimming hole right alongside the house)

Q: How are the days scheduled?
A: You are free to schedule your day however you please. Often the group will pick a designated time for lunch breaks, but the entire day is completely at your own disposal (we remind all to respect the 9am to 5pm quiet time). Dinner is eaten together as a group and is often followed by storing telling and informal sharing of writing between participants around either the campfire or wooden stove.

Q: Do I have to do chores?
A: Light chores include: helping with the dishes, stoking the fire, splitting wood, and cleaning up the cabins before your departure. So yes, we do assume that you’ll help with some chores, but it’s often a nice break from writing (and can easily fit into your schedule)

Q: Who should I contact with additional questions?
A: Contact Mike Midlo, our Program Manager at Fishtrap, Inc. PO Box 38, Enterprise, OR 97828. Or, mike@fishtrap.org. Phone numbers are: office: 541-426-3623, fax: 541-426-9075.

Please contact us if you are interested. Click here for a more detailed overview of the Imnaha Writers’ Retreat including the registration form. You may also register online here.