We have a 3 yr old and 5 yr old. We wanted the river experience so we were advised to take the Scenic trip. It was so nice. Cam was knowledgeable about the river, trees, and wildlife. He did all the hard work by being the one to steer the raft while we enjoyed the scenery. He was patient and answered the zillion questions our 5 year old had for him. We were the only ones on the boat. I was glad that the company continued the tour and didn’t cancel it due to it just being us 4. We’ve had other companies do that before. We had a great time and will return when the river is calmer and we can do the whitewater rafting. –TripAdvisor Review
Scenic Float Flathead River Trip Details
Difficulty: Easy, Family Friendly
This trip happens daily between the dates of 05/20/2019 and 09/30/2019.
Times: 11:15 AM with a extra 3:15 pm launch 6/15 – 9/5 only.
Trip Duration: Approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on time of the season
Price Adult: $61.00 Price Child: $51.00 (12 and younger) Other Fees: Does not include 7% River User Fee or guide gratuity.
Description: Enjoy a Glacier National Park Scenic Float Flathead River. Relax and rejuvenate on this calm, peaceful stretch of 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.
This Glacier National Park rafting trip will take you down the scenic section of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, from West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge. This river forms Glacier National Park’s southwestern border. If you would like to explore this gorgeous Wild and Scenic designated river, but are not interested in a whitewater adventure, then this mellow Glacier National Park Scenic Float Trip is for you! Learn more about Glacier Park, historical and cultural considerations, flora and fauna, environmental concerns, river ecology, and much, much more. Soak in gorgeous views of Glacier National Park from its stunning Wild and Scenic border river, the Middle Fork Flathead.
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 Float?
The length of the trip depends on the flow of this stunning, undammed river. In June, the trip is approximately 1.5 hours long. In July and August, the trip is approximately 2 hours long. In September, the trip is approximately 2.5 hours long.
This trip leaves daily at 11:15 am. There is also a 3:15 departure available June 15th through September 5th — be sure to inquire about our Scenic Dinner Float if that time frame interests you! Our kitchen is often called the best kept secret in West Glacier.
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
What to Bring for Your Glacier National Park Scenic Rafting Trip
Water bottle Sunscreen River sandals or sneakers (wetsuit booties are provided at no additional cost if you don’t have the appropriate footwear.) Fleece jacket/sweater (for trips in May and June or a rainy day) Sun Hat or Ball Cap Waterproof camera Sunglasses Eyeglass retention strap
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.
Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure. We are located 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on Highway 2. Look for our sign (Glacier Guides and Montana Raft) on the north side of the highway between mile marker 151 and 152. Our property is just off the highway tucked in the trees. When you see our sign turn to the north and you will see us shortly thereafter. There are directions and maps here.