Rafting and kayaking near Missoula with Montana River Guides
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Rafting near Missoula

Missoula Raft Trips on the Clark Fork River

Missoula rafting is hard to beat. Few towns in the world offer better whitewater and scenic raft trip opportunities than Missoula. The Clark Fork River runs right through the middle of town and offers a variety of river experiences, depending on whether you want to go wild or mild. Montana River Guides offers daily kayaking and scenic raft trips near Missoula through the Hellgate Canyon, the Tarkio Gorge as well as beautiful sections just downstream of town. As an alternative to Missoula rafting Tubers prefer the section just upstream of town and float the lazy section from east Missoula to the University of Montana or Brennan’s wave.. Birdwatchers might enjoy the scenic  and less crowded Kelly Island section at the west end of town, though you’ll need to go with someone familiar with the river because of the logjams, strainers and hazards on that braided part of the river.

Missoula Montana Whitewater Rafting

Rafting the Blackfoot River near Missoula

Just upstream of Missoula the legendary Blackfoot River flows into the Clark Fork River. The Blackfoot River offers a variety of the best options for a Montana raft trip. The section closest to Missoula parallels Highway 200 and is a good scenic float with some Class II riffles. The float between Russell Gates and Johnsrud Fishing Accesses is an awesome whitewater trip at high-water, with big rolling Class III rapids connected by fast current and smaller rapids. We teach many of our swift water rescue classes on the Blackfoot and offer custom raft trips for groups throughout the rafting season.

Raft camp for Kids over the summer at Montana River Guides

The Bitterroot River, scenic rafting south of Missoula

The Bitterroot flows from the south through the Bitterroot Valley and flows into the Clark Fork River just downstream of Missoula. We lived on the Bitterroot in the town of Lolo for 14 years. We love this stream for it’s wildlife viewing and birding   combined with incredible Montana scenery.

Missoula Montana: Three Beautiful Rivers

The Clark Fork, the Blackfoot and the Bitterroot Rivers combine to offer a diversity of rafting and river recreation better than just about anywhere in the world. Of course the flyfishing on these rivers is world class as well. To join us on one of our Missoula raft trips, contact Bernice at 406-722-7238 or [email protected].

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138 Big Bend Ln, Alberton
We have taken many rafting trips over the years and hands down this was one of the best ones yet!!! We took a private full day rafting tour with river side picnic and couldn’t have had a better time!! Our guide set up the best lunch spread at the waterside including fresh fruit and veggie trays, salad, sandwiches, chips/salsa, and the best homemade cookies!!! We had many stops, chances to swim, small cliff jumping, and the most beautiful scenery!!! Shout out to Amy as being the most fun guide to our crazy “Billy Goat Cyrus” group from Texas!!! Request her and you won’t be disappointed!!!
Our Montana River Guide trip down the Clark Fork was the highlight to our Montana vacation. Our guide let us paddle some while we were going thru the rapids which was an awesome experience. Weather and sun on the morning trip made for some great pictures.
We did a scenic float with our young kids. This was the absolute best thing we did our whole trip! So beautiful, so much fun. Amy was our guide and she was incredibly fun, knowledgable and kind. Cannot wait to float with them again!
There were three of us over 60 year old gals on our trip. Our guide, Jack, was outstanding. We felt safe and secure under his care the whole time while having the time of our lives. The beautiful scenery and wildlife were a bonus to the incredible river with its rapids along with calm areas to relax & enjoy the ride. Top on my list of the other incredible things we did this summer.
One of the best experience in the US was spending our Sunday with Montana River Guides! The crew was able to accommodate to over 60 of us on the YSEALI alumni tour and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our time on the river - Whitewater Rafting or Scenic Tour. Guides are 100% professionals who have fun with safety in mind. Highly recommend and must visit when you're in Montana. Thanks for the memories!