Blackfoot River Guide School - Montana River Guides

Blackfoot River Guide School

Learn to Row & Guide Whitewater

Blackfoot River Guide School, Missoula Montana. May 2-6

Raft Guide School








Learn how to read water and row a raft while floating the legendary Blackfoot River. We have been offering raft guide schools to private boaters and professional guides since 1994 and are fired up to offer our first ever Blackfoot River Guide School in collaboration with LB Snow.   Based out of our new Blackfoot River outpost just outside of Missoula and we’ll spend each day floating a different section of this legendary Montana river.  This is an opportunity to learn about equipment and boat rigging, risk management, reading water, avoiding hazards, rowing whitewater and learning how to run the river safely with family and friends.

Early May usually means higher flows on the Blackfoot which will allow us to float from 10 to 30 miles a day. The first day we’ll float the less technical lower Blackfoot and work on rowing basics and reading water. The following days we’ll move upstream to sections with Class II and III Whitewater and features that will require more precise maneuvering with ferrying, entering and exiting eddys, and running rapids.  We’ll provide all of the gear with different size boats and frames for students to gain experience with.  Instructors will cover boat rigging, trip preparation. Reading water and learning to recognize and avoid hazards will be emphasized as we run the river.


Blackfoot River Rafting

Stern Frame Training on the Blackfoot River

No experience is necessary for this class. Our goal is to develop rafting skills and safety knowledge so participants are better prepared to take family & friends on river trips. Each day we’ll meet at 10,000 Waves new Blackfoot River Headquarters at McNamara’s Landing.  Camping and cabin rentals are available onsite. LB Snow has drysuit and gear rentals available.

What To Bring–Personal Gear for the River

Wetsuit/ Paddle Jacket Combo

River Helmet

Skull Cap/Hat

Booties, river shoes, or old tennies

Lifejacket (Whistle & Knife)

Neoprene River Gloves (optional for June)



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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!