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Rafting Whitewater Rafting and River Trips
Emily Hall

Whitewater Rafting and River Trips

Note: As of July 1, 2023, Conservation Licenses are required for everyone age 12 and older to access most state lands, including wildlife management areas, fishing access sites and wildlife habitat protection areas. This requirement does not include state parks. Please recreate responsibly. Learn more here.

With calm paths, deep runs and a healthy dose of raging rapids, Western Montana is ideal for a scenic float or a wild whitewater adventure. The Middle Fork of the Flathead River near Glacier National Park and the Alberton Gorge outside of Missoula are both prime whitewater destinations, and there are plenty of flat-water stretches to float, fish and soak up the scenery.

Outfitters throughout the region rent rafts for self-guided trips. But, if you're looking for an adventure with a seasoned guide (something we highly recommend) try one of the rafting companies below.

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Montana river conditions can be dangerous. Be sure to use proper caution, wear a personal flotation device (PFD) and dress appropriately when hitting the river. Know your limitations, respect the water and exercise proper caution by avoiding rivers when they are running high or during cold weather. Also, be sure to respect property rights and stream access laws. Visit Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for the latest information on stream access.

Recreate Responsibly Plan Ahead, Play it Safe, and Leave No Trace.

Featured Listings

Glacier Park Rafting in Western Montana.

Glacier Park Rafting

12127 U.S. Highway 2 E., Suite A
West Glacier, MT 59936

Glacier Raft Company in Western Montana.

Glacier Raft Company

106 Going-to-the-Sun Road
West Glacier, MT 59936

Great Northern Fly Fishing Guides in Western Montana.

Great Northern Fly Fishing Guides

12127 U.S. Highway 2 E., Suite A
West Glacier, MT 59936

Paddle Ridge  in Western Montana.

Paddle Ridge

12400 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, MT 59936

The Cliff Ranch in Western Montana.

The Cliff Ranch

1684 Knob and Kettle Lane
Ovando, MT 59854

Wild River Adventures in Western Montana.

Wild River Adventures

11900 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, MT 59936

Other Listings

Alberton Orchards

  • 1022 Sawmill Gulch Road Alberton, MT 59820
  • 406.380.3308
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Backcountry Packraft Rentals

  • 475 U.S. Highway 89 Browning, MT 59417
  • 406.272.6468
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Glacier Tourbase

Kootenai Valley Inflatables

Slow Drift Shuttles

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Wiley E. Waters Whitewater Rafting

  • 201 William Lloyd Lane Superior, Mt 59872
  • 509.998.1120
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Zoo Town Surfers

  • 1001 S. Fourth St. W., Suite 5 Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.546.0370
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News from Glacier National Park Currently, 12 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

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