Riverboarding: Missoula’s Best Summer Adventure
#1 Missoula Adventure this Summer: Riverboarding!
Not many people know that Missoula’s Clark Fork River is the number one riverboarding destination in North America. Missoula adventure outfitter Montana River Guides has been guiding whitewater river board trips on the Clark Fork River’s Alberton Gorge since 1995. Guided river board trips through the spectacular Alberton Gorge are offered daily at 9am, 2pm and 4 pm. Our guides provide all of your equipment along with a thorough orientation and safety briefing. After a practice session where you learn how to maneuver in river current, you’ll follow your guide down the river.
The Ultimate Missoula Whitewater Adventure
River boarding is a blast. If you can swim, possess enthusiasm and are looking to cool off, river boarding is hard to beat. Missoula’s best summer adventure includes big fun class II and III rapids along with some fun surf waves deep in this remarkable canyon. You’ll learn river trip basic risk management principals, hand signals and how to read water so you can pull maneuvers like eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and even surfing. While everyone gets their own board, we run the river as a team. Guides are ready to team up and assist guests who want to be lined up just right in the rapids.
Experiencing thrilling whitewater at face level going headfirst down a rollicking river is hands down the funnest, most exciting, guided outdoor adventure in Montana. The Clark Fork River and the Alberton Gorge are perfectly suited for river boarding because of the clean channels, fun rapids and surfable waves. At lower flows we pull over and take turns surfing at a variety of different waves.
Now that August has arrived, so have the lower river levels and surfable waves at Triple Bridges, Ice Box and Fang. Icebox in the 3,000 cfs range is one of the most exciting surfs on the Gorge. At late summer flows the river is more technical but easier to maneuver in than at higher levels. Our normal half day trips go through the middle canyon and it’s bigger rapids. Full day trips start near the Alberton Gorge Ranch and run through Eyeopener, Swimmers, the Shelf, Potter’s Plunge and Cliffside before taking a break at Sandy Beaches.
Montana River Guides has been guiding river board trips on the Gorge for over twenty years. Owner Mike Johnston started out as the lead river board guide and was eventually replaced by Bret “Gentle Muscles” Mollenhauer. Josephine Johnston took over from Bret and now Jo’s younger brother Sam is MRG’s lead river board guide. The longer we have been at the Gorge the more we have come to appreciate it as one of Montana’s hidden adventure gems.