Glacier National Park Whitewater Trip Description – Sport Boat
Enjoy our exclusive Sport Half Day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Why is our Sport trip special? The small number of rafters– not more than 9 — allows for a more intimate experience with the river and a lighter, uncrowded boat. 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!
More Glacier National Park Whitewater Details – Sport Boat
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. 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.
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.
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.
Our family did the Half Day GNP whitewater rafting trip last week. The morning was rainy and chilly but that didn’t stop us from having a blast. Wetsuits and water shoes were provided and kept us warm despite the weather. Vince was our guide and made the experience even better by telling us facts about the surrounding area. The rapids were fun (you WILL get wet) but not too intense that younger children couldn’t participate. There is no better activity to do in GNP on a rainy day – you’re going to get wet either way so you may as well be whitewater rafting!
DJ, Half Day Whitewater Sport
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!
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
Departures are at 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:15 PM, 2:15, 3:15 or 4:15 PM (4:15 departure available July 10th 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!