Family Friendly Rafting in Glacier National Park

So many of our guides at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft grew up on Glacier National Park’s borders as kids, or visited on their summer vacations. These days, we’re amazed by how many of our guides have kids – and grandkids! In our collective experience, there’s nothing quite like family friendly rafting in Glacier. And we have a lot of experience in this department.

Family Vacations

Since 1987, family friendly rafting trips in Glacier National Park are our specialty. Working in conjunction with the Forest Service, our trips are on the North and Middle Forks of the Flathead River, a Wild and Scenic River. These forks form Glacier’s southwestern borders, and offer intimate glimpses into the park’s interior from the comfort of the boat. Whether you’re looking for a little whitewater or a scenic float, we’d love to take you out! And if you’re up for a camping adventure, we highly recommend overnight rafting trips.

Family Friendly Rafting In Glacier – 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! We do have a minimum age of 5 for our whitewater trips and 3 for our scenic floats in Glacier. 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

Private Rafting: Day Trips and Overnight Adventures

Let us plan a fantastic river adventure for you!  Call to discuss scenic floats, half day and full day whitewater rafting trips, and unforgettable overnight adventures, just for you and yours. Typically from ages 3 and up.


Adult and Youth: $240/day/pers. (requires 4 person or $960/day minimum)

Scenic float trip

New! Nature Walk and Float Experience

Take a couple of easy, short nature walks in Glacier National Park in the morning. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious, homemade sack lunch. Finally, a peaceful floating experience awaits you in the afternoon! Typically ages 4 and up.


Adult: $130
Youth: $120

New! Nature Walk and Whitewater Experience

Take a couple of easy, short nature walks in Glacier National Park in the morning. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious, homemade sack lunch. Finally, a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure awaits you in the afternoon! Typically from ages 5 and up.


Adult: $130
Youth: $120

Rafting with kids

Scenic Float Trip

Unwind on an educational and scenic float down Glacier’s southern border, the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Typically 1.5-2.5 hours long. Mellow and fun. Typically from ages 3 and up.


Adult: $67
Youth: $57

Scenic Float Trip with Dinner

After a relaxing afternoon scenic float trip, enjoy a delicious – largely organic and locally sourced – dinner at our campus, with your choice of steak, chicken, salmon, or zucchini boats. Typically from ages 3 and up.


Adult: $92
Youth: $76

Ride and Raft Adventure

Go with Swan Mountain Outfitters for an easy 2 hour morning horseback ride and then meet us for a fun and splashy river adventure! Lunch included. Ages 7 and up.


Adult: $155
Youth: $145

Camp along the Middle Fork

2 Day Whitewater Overnight Rafting Trip

See Glacier Park’s southern border by boat then sleep out under the stars to the sound of the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Equipment and delicious meals included. Typically ages 5 and up.


Adult: $435
Youth: $325

biking Glacier National Park

NEW! Paddle and Peddle Spring Adventure – Raft and Bike Glacier National Park 

In the morning, raft the iconic whitewater section of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Eat lunch, and then hop on a bicycle for a guided tour of the Going to the Sun Road! Mid May – mid-late June only. From ages 10 and up. Returning in Spring 2021 due to COVID-19.


$232 Adult, $222 Child (12 -10 years of age)

Rafting the Smith River

Smith River 5 Day Exploration

One of Montana’s best-kept secrets, and only permitted river. Fish or float this 60-mile stretch along the relaxing and scenic Smith River.  Famous for it’s outstanding trout habitat and birding. Just one trip a year! Sold out for 2020.


$4,400 per angler; $260/day single supplement for 1:1 angler-guide ratio

Safety First

Safety is always our #1 priority on our rafting trips in Glacier National Park. Our guides undergo rigorous training each year in river rescue techniques, wilderness first aid, and more. Many of our guides return to us year after year, decade after decade. Our new guides are required to run hundreds of miles of the Flathead River before they can graduate from our Guide School. We carry radios on all of our raft trips. All of our equipment is state of the art and impeccably maintained. If conditions call for wetsuits and river shoes, or if you would prefer to wear splash gear, it is always available at no cost.

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What Our Guests Say About Our Family Friendly Rafting In Glacier

“Katie was perfect for our group! My parents were quite nervous and she was very nurturing which eased their fears. i think they also appreciated the safety education and the description of what was coming up on our trip down. Thanks for the fun experience!”
Gingie G., Half Day Whitewater
“Greetings! Just wanted to comment on a GREAT rafting experience we had with your company this week. From the first call I made to you until we finished back at your office, I want to say EVERYONE there was just GREAT! Very Friendly, efficient, and confident that a land-lover from ND could make the trip! I expecially want to thank DEAN for his patient instruction, his wealth of information about the river and the park, and his FUN attitude! What a nice guy! Thanks again for a great time and I will most certainly recommend your company to anyone that might be going to Glacier!”
Barb and Tom P., Half Day Whitewater
“Made me want to choose Glacier Guides because staff was generous with their time. What to wear? What to bring? What to expect? All of these were answered fully and (we discoverd) honestly. Even after all the changes I made, I still felt wanted.
I know it was not in your control, but weather was perfect. Our guide, Amy, was friendly yet professional – we felt at ease and safe in her hands. Glacier Guides are happy, friendly people who love what they do always make a great experience for customers…move to Chicago, so that we can enjoy your service more often!!”
Eileen G., Half Day Whitewater
“Teal was our guide. She did a fabulous job! Our family had a great time. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Glacier Nat’l Park. Thanks!”
Timothy M, Half Day Whitewater
“Emily was amazing. She was fun and personable and very knowledgeable on the area, not just the water! I have rafted with another group and would definitely recommend you over them. You made it a fun and memorable experience!”
Miranda B., Half Day Whitewater