Full Day Whitewater Rafting Glacier Park Trip with Lunch

About this Trip

Spend a full day rafting Glacier National Park’s Wild and Scenic border river, the Middle Fork Flathead, with our highly trained, friendly, and entertaining, interpretive river guides. They love what they do and you’ll love tackling the river’s iconic whitewater section — 9 named rapids — with them.

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Adult Price: $152

Child Price: $124 (5 years-12 years)

Other Price: 8% River User Fee (not included in price)

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

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Dates & Details

Difficulty: Moderate.

Times: 9:45 am, daily from 6/10 to 9/2.

Trip Duration: Approximately 5-6 hours, depending on river flows.

Trip Itinerary

In the morning, float a remote, relaxing stretch of river. Then, around noon, your guide selects a secluded spot for a delicious, buffet style lunch. We’re known for our amazing riverside lunches. Our kitchen sources locally and organically whenever possible, and you’ll taste the difference.

After lunch, explore the whitewater of the John F. Stevens Canyon. These nine named rapids are typically rated class II and III. This is a fun and splashy adventure through pristine, glacially fed waters! Finally, float beneath Glacier’s historic Old Belton Bridge. Your adventure ends in West Glacier with a 5 minute bus ride back to our campus.

What To Bring

You’re gonna get wet, and it’s gonna be fun! We have all of the safety gear that you’ll need. View our packing list to find out what else to bring.

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Safety First

Safety is always the #1 priority. Guides undergo training 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 are mandatory.

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The More You Know

Over the course of the day, you’ll learn more about Glacier National Park, the neighboring Bob Marshall Wilderness complex, this area’s historical and cultural considerations, flora and fauna, environmental concerns, river ecology, and much, much more. Our mission is to provide exceptional active travel vacations and experiences in and around Glacier National Park, while preserving and protecting Glacier’s unique ecosystem using the best available and ecologically-sound practices. As we like to say, you won’t know if you don’t go! Go with us.

You help paddle your raft by following your guide’s simple commands.

Rafting Glacier National Park: FAQ

  • Wetsuits, splash guards, and booties are available at no extra cost. Our life jackets accommodate up to 58″ chest. Wetsuits available in sizes up to 4XL.
  • Typically, the full day floats from Paola to West Glacier on the Middle Fork Flathead River, but river conditions may warrant an itinerary change.
  • The length of the trip also depends on the river flow. In June through early July, full day trips return around 3:00 PM. Then, in mid-July through early August, return time is around 3:30 PM. Finally, mid-August to the end of season, return time is around 4:00 PM.

Meeting Notes: This trip departs at 9:45 AM. Please check-in at our office 30 minutes prior to departure, at 9:15. Click on directions for how to find us.

Age Limits: Minimum ages for children will depend on the flow of the river, but generally speaking, there is a rafting trip for every age and ability between 3 and 103! Ages 3 and up for our scenic trips. Minimum age of 5 and a minimum weight of 50 pounds for our whitewater trips.  These minimums may be higher if the river levels are higher, as they often are in the early summer. Be sure to call the office to inquire: 406-387-5555 or info@glacierguides.com

  • 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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  • 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

    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

    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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