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Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

1. Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

Enjoy an exciting half-day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the middle fork section of the Flathead River. Manoeuvre the raft through 9 different rapids by following the simple paddle commands of the guide. The trip winds about 8 miles through the John F. Stevens Canyon. The rapids are rated class 2 and 3, making for a fun and splashy family-friendly whitewater rafting adventure. Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure and check-in at the office before meeting your friendly river guides. Leave your belongings in your car and your car keys for you at the front desk. Next, take a short 10-minute bus ride to the river. Your guide will launch the boat there, give you safety instructions, and you'll begin floating down the beautiful river. The journey starts on a 4-mile 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 on the second 4 miles of the trip and photographs of each boat are taken in the rapid named Bonecrusher. The raft will stop periodically to let you jump in and experience a dip in glacial water if you choose. You'll float under Glacier National Park's historic Belton Bridge towards the end of the trip. At the end of the trip, it's a short walk back from the river to the local partner's office in the village of West Glacier. The length of the trip depends on the river flow. In June through early July, it lasts about 2.5 hours, from mid-July to early August, about 3 hours, and from mid-August through the end of the season, approximately 3.5 hours. Safety and fun are the top priorities. Guides undergo training in river rescue techniques, first aid, and more. Many guides return year after year. If conditions call for wetsuits, fleece, and river shoes, or if you would prefer to wear splash gear, it is always available at no extra cost. Helmets and life jackets are mandatory and provided.

From Whitefish: Glacier National Park & Polebridge Day Tour

2. From Whitefish: Glacier National Park & Polebridge Day Tour

Explore the areas of West Glacier, Polebridge, and Glacier National Park with a private guide on this day tour from Whitefish. Enjoy panoramic views of Hungry Horse Reservoir, get a photo with the iconic Glacier National Park sign, and stop at Lake McDonald Lodge. Begin your day with a pickup at your Whitefish hotel or accommodation and head out of town. Stop at Hungry Horse Reservoir and walk across the Hungry Horse Dam. Admire the view of the Rocky Mountains reflected in the still water of the reservoir. As you walk, hear the history of the dam, reservoir, and the town of Hungry Horse from your guide. Next, continue to West Glacier to reach Glacier National Park. Stop at the entrance sign for a quick photo op before heading to Lake McDonald within the park. Drive past the shores of Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park. Stop at the Lake McDonald Lodge and look over the still water to the towering Rockies. As you take photos from the dock, hear about the founding of the national park and fascinating tales of its bears. Continue to Apgar Visitor Center and this historic area of Apgar Village at the edge of Lake McDonald. Stroll around the area and explore the visitor center to learn more about the park. Next, leave the National Park and travel up the North Fork road, enjoying the sights of the mighty North Fork river. Stop to take pictures next to roaring waterfalls before arriving at Polebridge Mercantile. Take a seat in this historic cafe and outpost, just 20 miles south of the Canadian border. Grab a Huckleberry Bear Claw, a traditional pastry, or enjoy a delicious lunch (not included) and enjoy the views before returning to Whitefish.

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What people are saying about West Glacier

This is an amazing way to spend the day if your in GNP! The route is incredibly beautiful and the whitewaters are perfect for any age (myself being 62, my grandson(22) and his girlfriend(20). Our guide Andy was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and so nice. Far warning it’s absolutely a full body work out and the water will shock you awake no doubt, but an awesome experience! Thank you so much Andy for making those few hours so fun and interactive! - See you next time The Dream Team Birmingham, AL

Vance was our guide and he was Awesome! There were 3 different groups in the raft, Vance got us all talking and by the time we left we were one. Had us spinning the raft and floating backwards thru smaller rapids. Was a fantastic ride!

Great trip! Zack was an amazing, informative and fun guide. Highly recommend. Thanks! Laurie, John and Lucas

Mason was our guide He was very capable knowledgeable and really fun to be with. Super experience

The weather was perfect, and I had a great, great time.