Scenic Float In Glacier National Park

Difficulty: Easy, Family Friendly

This trip happens daily between the dates of 05/26/2020 and 10/15/2020.

10:45 AM offered June 1st through September 7th.
3:45 PM offered mid May through September 21st.
2:15 PM offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays September 22nd through October 15th.

Trip Duration: Approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on time of the season

Price Adult: $67.00
Price Child: $57.00 (12 and younger)
Other Fees: Does not include 7% River User Fee or guide gratuity.

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What Our Guests Say

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

We did the scenic float w/dinner. We needed a nice peaceful day on the river and Ryan our guide did not disappoint. Just love all the history of Flathead River and he was amazing at spotting all the wildlife. But the big surprise is what a great dinner he cooked us. Highly recommend getting dinner with your trip!

This is a must do. If you want adventure try white water rafting. If you want a more relaxed scenicadventure try the scenic float down. Either way this is a great company and do a awesome job. They also offer a BBQ meal after which is well worth the extra money. Several people did not know about the BBQ and wish they had signed up for it. So when you book make sure to include the BBQ at that time of booking as it can not be added the day of your adventure. We spoke with a traveler who had taken the several day hiking trip with this company and had several positive comments, so we would not hesitate to book a hike with them on our next visit. We will diffentatly recommend the company to anyone looking for a fun filled day on the river or on a hiking trail. Great job Glacier Guides and Montana Raft. Thanks also to Jay (I hope I got his name right) for a fun day on the river and a great dinner to complete our day.

We had a great trip down the river with Ryan as our guide. My wife and her best friend had all these questions and Ryan was able to answer them all. You could tell he really enjoyed what he was doing and took it seriously. This was the only day we didn’t spend completely on the trails and it was very relaxing and we even saw a bear and bald eagle which were bonuses.

Sarah was an excellent guide! She was so sweet with our girls. We did the scenic float since our youngest was 5. Dinner after was incredible! Chicken, steak, homemade sides and finished with homemade lemon basil ice cream! Beat meal we had in our trip!

We stayed at the Glacier Guides Lodge (wonderful) and reserved an outing for a “Scenic Raft Float.” This was our 1st time doing this anywhere. The building where Glacier Guides is located was clean, organized, and the entire startup process is professional, friendly, helpful, and well organized. The life jackets are clean & the river shoes are sanitized, clean, not worn out. Our guide Zach was informative, professional, and friendly. Safety is explained and important to this company. I would highly recommend this company. We had a great time on the Scenic Float!!!

This is a must-do! We took the scenic float trip down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River with an excellent and personable guide, Travis. From start to finish, the trip could not have been better – well-organized, friendly staff, safe sturdy boat, pleasant fellow-travelers, and a guide who was a wealth of information and funny stories. The BBQ dinner after was almost the best part!! We had the salmon (a huge piece, grilled perfectly), accompanied by salads and sides, and cheesecake for dessert. It was definitely worth the price – don’t miss it!

What’s The Scenic Float Experience Like?

Enjoy a Scenic Float in Glacier National Park! Experience the 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.

What To Expect On A Scenic Float In Glacier National Park

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.

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

What to Bring for Your Glacier National Park Scenic Rafting Trip

Water bottle
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
Eyeglass retention strap

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.

Meeting Notes

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

Glacier National Park Rafting Gallery