Half Day Glacier National Park Inflatable Kayak / Duckie Trip Details
Difficulty: Advanced, Moderate
This trip is available from mid July and through September.
Times: 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:15 PM, 2:15, 3:15 or 4:15 PM (4:15 departure available through August 5th).
Trip Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Price Adult: $67.00 Other Price: Does not include 7% User Fee or gratuity
Description: Experience whitewater from the perspective of a duck! We’ll teach you how to paddle, point the way down, and follow our guides and rafts through the best whitewater on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. No experience needed, just a desire to paddle like crazy and get really wet! The trip winds about 8 miles through the John F. Stevens Canyon. The 9 named rapids are typically rated class II and III, making for a fun and splashy whitewater rafting adventure!
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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.
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. You’ll launch your inflatable kayak there and begin 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. 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. Take out of the water in West Glacier. From there, it’s a 5 minute bus ride back to where you started.
The length of the trip depends on the river flow. In June through 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.
To tackle the whitewater section in an inflatable kayak, we require that paddlers be ages 13 and up.
On other trips, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Launch times are 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:15 PM, 2:15, 3:15 or 4:15 PM (4:15 departure available through August 5th). Please check into our office 30 minutes prior to the departure time. We are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on Highway 2. Look for our Glacier Guides and Montana Raft sign on the north side of the highway, between mile marker 151 and 152. You’ll see our blue bus, too!