Glacier National Park: Half-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

4.7 / 5

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Glacier National Park: Half-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

From $93 per person

Whitewater raft Glacier National Park's wild and scenic border river with an expert river-guide. Rapids are class 2 and 3 on a scale of 1-5.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Take in stunning views of Glacier National Park
  • Adventure through 9 named class 2 and 3 rapids on the middle fork of the Flathead River
  • Learn more about the area's culture, history, flora and fauna, environmental concerns, river ecology, and more
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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.
  • Professional river guide
  • Helmets and life jackets
  • Cold weather gear if under 70 degrees
  • Fleece and splash jackets
  • Transportation to the river
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the local partner's office in the village of West Glacier in between the Gas Station and the Canadian Visitor Center. Please arrive 30 minutes before your trip.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Change of clothes
    • Towel
    • Closed-toe shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Rain gear

    Know before you go

    •  This tour will take place rain or shine.
    •  You must weigh a minimum of 50lbs to participate.
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    4.7 /5

    based on 15 reviews

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    We had a lot of fun on our rafting experience! The bus ride to the place where the rafts depart is very close and the guides kept making funny jokes so time passed even quicker, the scenery was beautiful, the ride was very entertaining and our guide Niels gave us a lot of information and made the ride super enjoyable! We recommend it very much!

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    July 18, 2021

    Poor guiding. Too expensive

    July 24, 2021

    The guide provided all the training and information you needed as you needed it. He was an expert in the River. It was a fun and at times thrilling 1/2 day ride on the river.

    July 21, 2021

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