Glacier National Park: Half-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

4.9 / 5

12 reviews

Glacier National Park: Half-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

From $93 per person

Raft Glacier National Park's wild and scenic border river, the Middle Fork Flathead with a friendly, interpretive river-guide. Adventure through the river's iconic whitewater section, with rapids that are typically rated class II and III.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire gorgeous views of the Glacier National Park
  • Experience the river's 9 named whitewater rapids
  • Learn more about the area's culture, history, flora and fauna, environmental concerns, river ecology, and more
Full description
Enjoy a half-day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the Middle Fork section of the Flathead River. Maneuver the raft through the 9 named rapids by following the simple commands of the guide. Or, sit back and relax on this federally protected Wild and Scenic River if you'd prefer. 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. 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 20-minute bus ride to the river. Your guide will launch the boat there and you'll begin floating down the stunning river.  Start the journey 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 named 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, from mid-July to early August, about 3 hours, and from mid-August through the end of the season, approximately 3.5 hours. 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.
Includes
  • Professional river guide and all necessary equipment
  • Transportation to and from the river
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off may be available in the West Glacier area (please call in advance to inquire)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

• Meet at 11970 US-2, West Glacier, MT 59936, USA. 1.5 miles west of West Glacier on Highway 2. Look for the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft sign between mile marker 151 and 152. You’ll see a big blue school bus • Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the start of the tour

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Important information

Know before you go

  • No experience necessary
  • No minimum age, but must weigh 50 lbs; no maximum weight, but must be able to buckle a 58" chest life jacket
  • Trips depart rain or shine
  • Please bring: water bottle, sunscreen, t-shirt (quick-dry is recommended on cooler/rainy days), quick-dry shorts, swimsuit (important to bring when wearing a wetsuit), 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, waterproof camera, sunglasses, eyeglass retention strap, and a dry change of clothes for after the trip
  • Late summer notice (August 20-September 30): the size of the rapids drops to milder class I-II levels. The whitewater is still challenging and fun
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0/5
  • Transportation
    5.0/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
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Very organized. Easy to find. Fun day on the river with just enough adventure for us!

September 8, 2020

July 9, 2020

this trip was well worth the money!!! absolutely beautiful scenery. very knowledgeable guides who work to make sure you are prepared and have fun. i definitely recommend this experience!!

August 11, 2019

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