Private Glacier National Park Rafting Trips

Whitewater Adventures or Scenic Floats

Dates: Scenic floats available early June – mid October. Whitewater adventures available early June – early September. Availability is dependent on river levels. Please call our office at 406-387-5555 or email info@glacierguides.com to arrange the perfect private rafting trip in Glacier experience for you and yours! Advance reservations are required.

Difficulty: Easy or Moderate, Family Friendly

Trip Duration: Between 2 – 4 hours, depending on river levels.

Price: $656 per boat, 8 person maximum. Includes private transportation to and from river, all necessary safety equipment, and guide services.

Other Price: Does not include 7% River User Fee or guide gratuities.

Whitewater Upgrade: Let’s go all day! Full day whitewater rafting adventure typically lasts 5-6 hours and includes our delicious house made lunch. We like to eat, and eat well. Our kitchen sources locally and organically whenever possible. $960 per boat, 8 person maximum.

How to Book A Private Glacier National Park Rafting Adventure

First, decide whether you’re looking for a relaxing scenic float or a thrilling whitewater adventure. If your group wants to tackle the whitewater, do you want to go for a full day or a half day. Can’t choose? That’s what we’re here for. Just call or e-mail and we’ll talk it through. 406-387-5555 or info@glacierguides.com

Private Whitewater Rafting In Glacier National Park

If you crave adventure, the Middle Fork, with its thrilling class II-III whitewater section, is for you!  Both trips offer unique, amazing views into Glacier’s interior. Paddle and become part of the crew that maneuvers the raft through the 9 named rapids by following the simple commands of the guide. Or, if you’d rather sit back and relax on this federally protected Wild and Scenic River, that’s great, too! The trip winds about 8 miles through the John F. Stevens Canyon. The rapids are typically rated class II and III, making for a fun and splashy whitewater rafting adventure!

What To Expect On A Private Whitewater Adventure

Arrive at 30 minutes prior to departure to meet your guide and get fitted for lifejackets, helmets, and any other necessary equipment. If you have an epi-pen or other medication, your guide can stow it safely for you in a dry bag. Next, take a short bus ride to the river put in. Your guide will launch the boat there and you’ll be floating down the stunning Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River!

The trip starts off on a mellow section of the river, giving you plenty of time to learn to paddle and to adjust to being on the water. The rapids come towards the end of the trip, and photographs of each boat are taken in the rapid called Bonecrusher. Float under Glacier National Park’s historic Belton Bridge towards the end of the trip. Your guide will take the raft out of the water in West Glacier. From there, it’s a 5 minute bus ride back to where you started.

whitewater rafting Glacier National Park
whitewater rafting Glacier National Park

Private Scenic Floats In Glacier National Park

Enjoy Scenic Floats in Glacier National Park, on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Relax and rejuvenate on this peaceful stretch of Wild and Scenic river with our friendly, interpretive river guides. Make memories to keep for a lifetime! This rafting experience is appropriate for nearly all ages and abilities. These scenic floats in Glacier are typically on a relaxed current with little to no splash, and no paddling, while you look for eagles, deer, and moose. Your guide will command the raft without your assistance. If you’re looking for a quieter experience than whitewater rafting, choose the relaxing Scenic Float.

What To Expect On A Private Scenic Float

Arrive at 30 minutes prior to launch to meet your guide and get fitted for lifejackets and any other necessary equipment. If you have an epi-pen or other medication, your guide can stow it safely for you in a dry bag. At launch time, take a short bus ride — approximately 5 minutes — to the river put in. Your guide will launch the boat there and you’ll be floating down the stunning Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River!

You’ll pass through a steep, walled canyon. Views from river right are of Glacier National Park. A highlight is passing through where the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River come together to form the southern tip of Glacier National Park. Your guide will take the raft out of the water just past the confluence, at Blankenship Bridge. From there, it’s about a 15 minute bus ride back to where you started.

How Long Is The Trip?

The length of the trip depends on the river flow. In June through early July, whitewater trips last about 2.5 hours. Scenic floats last 1.5 to 2 hours. Mid-July through early August, whitewater trips are about 3 hours. Scenic floats are 2 to 2.5 hours. Mid-August through the end of season, whitewater trips are approximately 3.5 – 4 hours. Scenic floats are around 2.5 hours.

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

Meeting and Transportation Notes

For private Glacier National Park rafting adventures, we can typically meet at our office at any time that is convenient for you. Directions to our place are here.

Your guide will go over your gear with you and pack any essentials you might have into our waterproof dry bags. Then, he or she will fit you for a lifejacket and any other appropriate safety gear, depending on river conditions. Next, you’ll head for the river!

Our private whitewater or scenic adventures on the river include transportation just for you and your group. Typically, you’ll ride to and from the river in a mini school bus. Regardless of the rig you ride in, your driver completes our in house Driving School on a yearly basis. Safety first — always. And then all of the fun.

FAQ

Should I bring a water bottle? What about my Epi-Pen? Here’s a list of what to bring on whitewater and scenic day trips.

What Our Guest Say About Our Glacier National Park Rafting Experiences

We had a terrific experience rafting with Glacier Guides. The guide brought our Grandson to the back of the raft for a first-hand experience guiding the raft. He thoroughly enjoyed the trip. All Glacier Guide personnel were friendly and great to work with.

We love this company!! From the moment you make that reservation, the office staff takes care of you. They are friendly, knowledgeable and patient and really want to work with you and your family to ensure the best experience for all. When we went rafting, our guide was awesome as well. He made sure that all were having fun, especially the sometimes surly teenager. 😆 Seriously, everyone, from start to finish, made sure we were taken care of.

Our Guide was amazing. She knew about local geology, geomorphology, and of course she was great at controlling the raft. The water was crystal clear and beautiful. Actually this trip was one of the highlights to our vacation.

We took the scenic float as an intro to rafting for our 7 year old, knowing that our 11 year old may grumble about the tame rapids. Surprisingly he really enjoyed it! Emily was our guide – she was informative, sweet and friendly. The scenery was beautiful. We spotted some bald eagles and many other birds. The trip was a really pleasant afternoon floating down one of the most beautiful areas of the country with a few tiny rapids that our youngest enjoyed. The ride back was fun with Emily and another guide cracking jokes and just having fun. Wholeheartedly recommend Glacier Guides!

Best part of our trip to Glacier. Beautiful scenery, fun guides, good food. More than we expected. Definitely recommend.

It was the first time whitewater rafting for me and my two friends, but the guides were great and the whole process was smooth (as far as booking, checking in, getting ready, and to the river & back). We had so much fun! It was absolutely gorgeous and my favorite part of our 3 days in Glacier.

The More You Know: Whitewater Rafting

Late summer whitewater rafting is a fantastic experience! That said, you should know that our glacially fed, wild and scenic, undammed rivers do fluctuate in levels, and therefore in the size of the rapids. Generally speaking, by the time late summer arrives, guests find the turquoise water, red and green rocks, and leaves beginning to turn a brilliant yellow absolutely stunning, even as the size of the rapids drops to milder Class I-II levels. The whitewater is still challenging — and fun! — as everyone in the raft works together as a team to navigate the eight miles of rapids.

Please call us if you have any questions! We’re happy to help you understand what to expect. 406-387-5555

Rafting Gallery