BLACKFOOT RIVER TRIPS
The Blackfoot River is perfect for a whitewater or scenic raft trip with Montana River Guides. What a beautiful river the Blackfoot is,...easy to see why so many locals love it so much. The Blackfoot pours into the Clark Fork River just east of Hellgate Canyon upstream of Missoula. With its headwaters to the north in the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wildernesses, the Blackfoot tumbles out of the mountains, meanders through willow-choked meadows, and picks up speed again as it rushes toward Missoula.
We've been guiding the Blackfoot since 1994 and we teach many of our river rescue classes on the river because it has so many different features at a variety of river levels. At highwater in late May and June the Blackfoot holds big class II and III whitewater with long continuous sections of fast moving rapids with big waves. As the water level drops the rapids become smaller, the Blackfoot's river rocks reappear creating a fun, technical class II whitewater run that requires precise manuevering. With its fast moving currents, clear pools, friendly whitewater, and mountain scenery, the Blackfoot is truly a classic Montana River. Known for legendary dry flyfishing, the Blackfoot was the inspiration for Norman Maclean’s book, A River Runs Through It.
CUSTOM TRIPS FOR YOUR GROUP We run several different sections of the Blackfoot, depending on river flows. We'll customize the trip and select the float trip best suited for your group. The upper section starts at Harry Morgan and takes out near Russell Gates. We also float from Ruassell Gates to Roundup, and from Roundup to Johnsrud. $79 per person.
Sit on Top/ Inflatable Kayak Trips on the Blackfoot
For a more active adventure where you do the paddling, follow your guide down the beautiful Blackfoot in our sit on top kayaks.
Check out the VIDEO of Inflatable Kayaking on the Blackfoot! $139/ Full Day Custom Trip
A little more about the Blackfoot River
With its headwaters atop the Continental Divide at Roger's Pass, the Blackfoot starts peacefully and picks up speed, power and fun whitewater before it empties into the Clark Fork River east of Missoula, Montana. Flowing 132 miles, the Blackfoot runs through some of the most productive fish and wildlife habitat in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Look for elk, moose, black bear, and mule deer as your float along the Blackfoots crystal clear riffles and heart pounding rapids. The tributary streams to the Blackfoot River provide crucial spawning and rearing habitat for the federally listed bull trout and the westslope cutthroat trout. The valley is at the southern edge of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem which supports the largest population of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states. The Blackfoot Valley has kept its biological diversity thanks mostly to the ranchers that manage the valley floor.
WHY MONTANA RIVER GUIDES?
OUR REPUTATION -THE ALBERTON GORGE’S LEADING OUTFITTER
OUR FACILITIES -RIVERSIDE HEADQUARTERS-RETAIL SHOP AND 40 ACRE RANCH
OUR STANDARDS -MONTANA’S ONLY OUTFITTER CERTIFIED TO TEACH WHITEWATER RESCUE
OUR ADVENTURES-MONTANA’S ONLY RIVERBOARD OUTFITTER
OUR EXPERTISE -THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S WHITEWATER EXPERTS ON “MAN vs WILD”
OUR KNOWLEDGE -WE'VE TAUGHT RIVER RESCUE ON THE BLACKFOOT FOR 15 YEARS
OUR COMMITMENT -OPERATED BY ORIGINAL OWNERS MIKE & BERNICE JOHNSTON SINCE 1994
YOUR ADVENTURE -EVERY TRIP IS TAILORED TO GIVE YOU THE BEST DAY POSSIBLE