Half Day Glacier National Park White Water Rafting Trip: The Classic Experience

Glacier National Park white water rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft.

The Classic Experience: Glacier National Park White Water Rafting Trip Details

Best Price in West Glacier!

Difficulty: Moderate

This trip happens daily between the dates of July 1st to August 10th, 2020. Are you looking for our famous Whitewater Rafting Dinner Trip?

Times:  10:15 AM, 2:15 PM

Trip Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Price Adult: $57.00
Price Child: $47.00 (12 and under)
Other Price: 7% User Fee or gratuity not included.

SPECIAL! If you have other trips booked with us, receive a 10% discount on this whitewater rafting trip. Just give us a call! Not valid in conjunction with a stay at the Glacier Guides Lodge.

Classic West Glacier Whitewater Rafting

Enjoy our Classic Half Day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. 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!


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 — approximately 20 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!

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.

More Details

The length of the trip depends on the river flow. In early July, trips last about 2.5 hours. Mid-July through early August, about 3 hours. Mid-August through the end of season, approximately 3.5 hours.

No experience necessary.

No maximum weight, but must be able to buckle a 58″ chest life jacket.

Trips depart rain or shine.

Be sure to wear clothes you won’t mind getting wet.  See our Packing List – Day Trips page for more information about what you will need for the trip.

Really great rafting guides/company. We rafted this morning and the trip was great. Good aqua colored big water. We did the half day trip with Jared. He was really good; he gave us just enough info on safety and the surrounding countryside. I highly recommend the half day trip; its enough without breaking the bank, especially with teens. More enthusiasts should consider the full day trip. -Robert W.

The water was high, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Lauren was a great guide, telling us about the area and keeping everyone engaged. -Kevin L.

I waited a long time to have this experience and it was well worth it. It was a day I’ll never forget. -Mary

Rafting FAQ

What is the difference between the Sport Rafting Trip and the Classic Rafting Trip?

The difference is the cost and also the size of the raft, i.e. the number of people in the raft. The Sport accommodates only up to 9 people, so everyone can have a “window seat” and paddle if they like. The Classic might have up to 14 people, so some people will have to sit in the middle of the raft. Now you know!

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.

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 Notes

Please check into our office 30 minutes prior to the departure time. Click on directions for how to find us.

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