Giving Back: Rafting for Refuse

Rafting for RefuseGlacier Guides and Montana Raft has hosted “Rafting For Refuse,” an annual river clean up, since 1997. Every year on a Saturday in late June, we clean up trash at the public river access points and along the river corridor on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

Please call our office for the exact date and details. Encourage your friends and family to come along and make this annual event another great success!

2017 Date: Saturday, June 17


  • Volunteers meet at 9:00 am at the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft office located on US Hwy. 2, 1.5 miles west of West Glacier.

  • Check in with the office staff to read and sign our “Acknowledgement of Risk.”

  • Head to the lifejacket room to get fitted in lifejackets. Wetsuits and booties are available, too, if weather conditions warrant.

  • Group picture!

  • Short Leave No Trace presentation – we try to apply Leave No Trace principles in everything that we do.

  • You will then be divided into smaller groups and shuttled to various river access points.

  • We pick up the river put-ins, then float the river, stopping to pick up refuse along the way, and then scour the take-out for more trash.
  • It’s a short shuttle back to the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft office for volleyball and a complimentary barbecue.

  • The BBQ begins around 2 pm.
  • There will be a prize given for the coolest piece of trash found!

To join as a volunteer (ages 12 and up), please contact Glacier Guides and Montana Raft at 406-387-5555 or email Space is limited. Although you can make requests, we cannot guarantee what section of river that a group will clean. Sections of river are chosen for groups based on several factors. Glacier Guides and Montana Raft provides all of the necessary rafting equipment, expert guides, and staff to coordinate the day.


  • Splash gear
  • Wetsuits
  • Booties
  • Lifejackets
  • BBQ
  • Volleyball

Each volunteer should have:

  • Work gloves (for picking up trash)
  • Water bottle
  • Warm hat/gloves
  • Fleece shirt/jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra set of clothes for after the raft trip
  • Please avoid wearing cotton if you can, quick drying/moisture wicking material is best.

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft has always promoted a strong environmental message, with an emphasis on Leave No Trace ethics. During the river clean-up, your guides will provide information and insight into issues facing our river system and national park. Exposure and participation in the Rafting for Refuse is even more important in light of growing river use and development pressure. Come on out and help us to preserve our rivers for generations to come!

Contact our office for this year’s information. 406-387-5555