Paddle & Pedal Spring Adventure

About this Combo Trip

Raft Glacier’s border river in the morning, then bike in the afternoon! Full day adventure, lunch and dinner included.

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Pricing

Regular Bike: $286 (Wed & Sat only) – guided rafting, biking, lunch and dinner is included

E-Bike: $377 (Th-F, Sun-Tues) - guided rafting, biking, lunch and dinner is included

Other Price: 8% River User Fee and Glacier National Park Entrance Fee (not included in price)

Guide Tip: Industry rate 18-20% (not included in price)

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Trip Length

Dates & Times

Dates: Daily between mid May – late June. When the Going to the Sun Road opens to vehicle traffic, this combination experience closes.
Time: 10:15 AM – 7:30 PM. Please arrive at our office by 9:45 AM. Directions are here.

Morning Paddle

Time: 9:45 AM meeting time, 10:15 AM launch

Trip Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Start your Raft and Bike Glacier adventure with the Paddle portion of the day! Meet at our office at 9:45am for a 10:15am whitewater rafting departure.

Enjoy our Half Day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Follow the simple commands of your guide and be part of the crew that paddles the raft through the 9 named rapids. The river winds through about 8 miles of the John F. Stevens Canyon. Rapids are typically class II and III. This means a fun and splashy whitewater rafting adventure!

Afternoon Pedal

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 1:30 meeting time, 2:00 p.m. departure, early May until the Going-to-the-Sun Road opens to vehicles

Trip Duration: Typically 4 – 5 hours, depending on road conditions/availability

Distance: About 16-42 miles, depending on road conditions

Elevation Gain: up to 3,345′

Destination: Logan Pass, depending on road conditions.

We guide bike tours — on e-bikes or regular bikes — in Glacier National Park from early May through mid-late June. In the spring, the alpine section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed to vehicles but open to hiker-biker traffic. Biking the Sun Road is the ultimate spring adventure in Glacier! We take advantage of the warmth and the beautiful light with an afternoon departure. This timing also typically ensures that the plow crew is finished up, too. That way, we can bike as far as possible.

What To Bring

Dress to get wet! Bring a bathing suit to wear under a wetsuit, in case they’re required on the day you’re going rafting, and they often are in the spring, when this combination trip is offered. Wear sandals that strap to your feet or borrow our river booties to keep your feet warm. Secure your eyewear – we sell straps if you need them. Check out our Packing List – Day Trips for more information about what you need — in short, not much!

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Safety First

Safety is always our #1 priority. Guides train in river rescue techniques, first aid, and more. Many guides return year after year. If conditions call for wetsuits and river shoes, or if you would prefer to wear splash gear, it is always available at no extra cost. Helmets and life jackets are mandatory.

Additional Trip Details

Dress to get wet! Bring a bathing suit to wear under a wetsuit, in case they’re required on the day you’re going rafting, and they often are in the spring, when this combination trip is offered. Wear sandals that strap to your feet or borrow our river booties to keep your feet warm. Secure your eyewear – we sell straps if you need them. Check out our Packing List – Day Trips for more information about what you need — in short, not much!

First, meet your guide. Afterwards, get fitted for lifejackets, helmets, and any other necessary equipment, such as wetsuits. If you have an epi-pen or other medication, your guide will stow it safely for you in a dry bag. Next, take a short bus ride — approximately 20 minutes — to the river. Your guide will launch the boat. From there, start the float down the stunning Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River!

You start on a mellow section of the river. This gives you plenty of time to learn paddle strokes, and adjust to being on the water. The rapids are towards the second half of the trip. After tackling the whitewater, float under Glacier National Park’s historic Belton Bridge – the original entrance to the park. Take out in West Glacier. From there, it’s a 5 minute bus ride back to where you started, at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft.

The length of the trip depends on river flow. In May and June, whitewater rafting trips typically last about 2 hours.

No experience is necessary.

No maximum weight. Life jacket maximum size is 58″ chest. Life jackets and helmets are mandatory. Wetsuits, splash gear, and booties may also be required, at no charge.

Trips depart rain or shine.

Raft and Bike: Afternoon Itinerary

12:30 PM – Return from paddling the whitewater section of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River! Next, pick up your delicious, hearty sack lunch. Head out to our shaded pavilion to enjoy it.

1:30 PM – Check back into the office to prepare for your biking tour! Meet your guide. Next, get fitted for a bike and helmet.

2:00 PM – Depart for your bike tour. Typically, we bike on the iconic Going to the Sun Road, from the Avalanche trailhead up into the alpine section, but please see above.

7:30 PM – Return to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft.

  • Rafting Testimonial

    We had such a great time! Our guide was Nicolette, and she was fantastic. She was so
    knowledgeable about the park, river, and everything Montana. We weren’t sure what to expect upon arrival, and ended up making the best memories of our trip. I very highly recommend this company & the relaxing raft tour. Make it a priority if you’re visiting Glacier! Will definitely be back!

    — Amanda Stenzel

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  • Rafting Testimonial

    I highly recommend booking with Glacier Guides. We booked white water rafting for 3 guys and had a blast. We felt like the guides did a really great job of demonstrating their expertise on the water and sharing history about the local area. Joe in particular was a great dude. If you’re in town, these guys are the best!

    — David Williamson

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  • Rafting Testimonial

    Great ride! The views were amazing. Connor was our guide and did a great job sharing his knowledge of the route. I actually jumped in the river, and it was quite refreshing! I highly recommend spending time exploring Glacier National Park with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft. They are very professional and make the ride more fun.

    — P.J. Wubbena

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  • Rafting Testimonial

    Holy cow this place is awesome! Right from the start, everyone was so nice and friendly and fun! Our family headed down the river for the scenic float with our three littles (9, 7 & 3) and my FIL and MIL (who cannot swim and is terrified of water!). We had the best time and our guide Nicolette was super knowledgeable about the river and the area. After the float we stayed for dinner and, let me just tell you, it blew my expectations out of the water! I was expecting to get our main course with a couple sides but they had that PLUS crazy yummy appetizers AND dessert too! I cannot recommend Montana Raft enough! If you have time, do the dinner option. You will not be disappointed!!

    — Jacki Kelly

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  • Rafting Testimonial

    If you’re looking to try white water rafting in glacier (which you should!) Glacier Guides is the place to go! My husband and I were on our honeymoon and this was our first rafting experience, and it could not have been better! James was prepared with experience, knowledge and jokes. We felt very safe with James in charge. He also offered numerous places and hikes in the park for all experience levels. Highly recommend!

    — Rebecca Herchenroether

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