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Montana Whitewater Rafting on the Alberton Gorge

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whitewater raft trips near Missoula on the Alberton Gorge

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Swiftwater Rescue Technician Class

Swiftwater Rescue and Whitewater Guiding Courses!

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Whitewater, Scenic, Riverboarding, and SUP Trips!

Why Montana River Guides?

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Montana River Guides

Our Reputation | The Alberton Gorge’s Leading Outfitter

Our Standards | Montana’s Original Certified Whitewater Rescue Instructors

Our Expertise | Affiliated with the Whitewater Rescue Institute

Our Facilities | Riverside Headquarters, Retail Shop and Ranch

Our Commitment | Original Owners Mike & B Johnston since 1994

Our Innovation | Montana’s Original Riverboarding & SUP Outfitter 

Our Guides | Local Guides, Certified Friendly Pros Guiding Rivers We Live On

Your Adventure | We tailor the trip to give you the best adventure possible!

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Half-Day Whitewater Raft Trip

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More about Montana River Guides

The only Montana whitewater rafting company based right on the Clark Fork River at the Alberton Gorge,  Montana River Guides is a custom river outfitter with an established reputation for fun, professional river trips. Our staff’s attention to detail and ability to create the right trip for different groups of people is what has made our company the Gorge’s leading outfitter.  We offer the convenience of a retail shop with free wetsuits right on the river at the Alberton Gorge. Operating since 1994, MRG is the only company in Montana certified to teach River Rescue and the only company in Montana guiding riverboard trips.  Over 70 percent of our guests have been with us before or are going with us because they heard about us from a friend. More than anything else, our guides are the best in the business and are the reason we're proud of MRG. Guides like Cody Harris, Martin Belden, Jesse Dagle, Trevor Johnson, Jenna Witkowski, and Paul Heffernan are keeping us on track--and getting better.  Guides emeriti like Brittany Brindly, Imo O'Reilly, Matt Drummond, Yael Girard, Tommy Snyder, Dave Glaser, Jeremy Moran, Jeff Risser, Trent Baker, Justus Mclarty, Meg Lattanzio, Sharon Eiler, Ryan Turner, Dan Berger, Rebecca Anderson, Kyle Erkilla, and Bret Mollenhauer have all left their mark at MRG and set a standard of guiding and Montana river rescue training that we continue to aspire to.

Montana's Whitewater Rescue Training Leader

Montana River Guides has been the leader in Swiftwater Rescue Training in our region since 1995. Owner Mike Johnston got his start in Swiftwater Rescue back in 1986 when he was a patrol and backcountry ranger for the National Park Service in Yellowstone. Mike's wide range of outdoor leadership and rescue experience is reflected in MRG's development of a scenario-based approach to rescue training. Mike worked in Search and Rescue in Glacier, Acadia, and Yellowstone National Parks, as a professional ski patroller and Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor for the National Ski Patrol, and as a wilderness guide.  Longtime lead guide, manager, and swiftwater rescue instructor Cody Harris has been an integral part of making sure that the classes we teach are the best in the business. A former whitewater slalom kayaker, Cody is the Director of the Whitewater Rescue Institute and a Wilderness Medicine Instructor for Aerie Backcountry Medicine. Cody and Mike have been teaching river and rescue classes together for almost two decades.

Unique Adventures

Over the years Montana River Guides has provided river rescue and safety instruction for thousands of boaters, guides and rescue professionals from over 150 different agencies and organizations on whitewater rivers throughout Montana and the West. Mike introduced Riverboarding to Montana back in 1995. MRG continues to be the only Riverboard Guide Service in Montana and one of the few in North America. Mike served as a whitewater consultant for the Discovery Channel during the pilot production of "Man vs. Wild". Montana's River Guides whitewater headquarters on the Alberton Gorge is the setting for most of our whitewater adventures and rescue training, although because of the Whitewater Rescue Institute, Mike has provided Swiftwater Rescue Training on every major whitewater rafting run in Montana and many throughout Idaho Washington and Oregon.

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Montana River Guides, A Safe, Fun and Perfect Family Rafting ...Travel Mom's Trip with MRG Northwest Travel Magazine : Get Your Adventure on in Alberton
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!