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Glacier National Park: Scenic Raft Trip

1. Glacier National Park: Scenic Raft Trip

Our Flathead river rafting scenic tour gives you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty of Glacier National Park and the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Aboard this 2-3 hour float trip an experienced guide will share interpretive information about the flora and fauna and history of the area while escorting you down one of the most pristine rivers in the world. Wildlife abounds on this stretch; you may see eagles, osprey, deer and maybe even an elusive bear or moose! The trip starts with a short 5 minute bus ride down to the put in at West Glacier. Guides will give a safety talk and help everyone get loaded in the raft. From there you will pass through a steep, walled canyon and admire stunning views of Glacier National Park. There is lots of opportunities to take pictures so feel free to bring a camera. Arrive at the path where the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River converge 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 the office where you can look at pictures.

Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

2. 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.

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What people are saying about West Glacier

Jordan was our guy! He was absolutely great!! Very upbeat, personable, and knowledgeable on all things river, camping, fishing, and snow related!! My fiancé’, at the time, ( we eloped 2 days later) and I had a great trip with our group! We recommend the rafting and our guide to 2 of our friends who came up to be with us and they loved their experience as well!! You just can’t go wrong being outdoors in this area and seeing every angle of the beautiful views!! If you are thinking about doing it- Do IT! You won’t be disappointed and even if you have kiddos they would love it too! It’s literally fun for all ages!

What a great trip! Chelsie and Brock were great guides! They were both fun and Chelsie, our boat guide, was so knowledgeable about the river. We loved hearing about her adventures.

The tour was organized very well and our guide (Vance) was patient and helpful with my mom (who has some mobility issues).

Scenery was excellent but guides made the trip so enjoyable. Great memory

What a wonderful float down the river. My group loved every second.