Spend a full day exploring 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.
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.
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.
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. We are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on Highway 2. Look for the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft sign on the north side of the highway between mile markers 151 and 152. Our campus is just off the highway tucked in the trees. When you see our blue bus, turn north. We’re just down the road!
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.
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 email@example.com