Sam Johnston - Operations Manager - Montana River Guides

Sam Johnston – Operations Manager

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Sam grew up on the Clark Fork River spending summers at the Alberton Gorge and Montana River Guides. So at this point he should know what he’s doing!  Sam is our operations Manager at MRG and has a lifetime of river knowledge and humor to share with guests. He attended Lewis and Clark in Oregon and came back to MRG  to help out our short handed team, provide some enthusiasm and expertise, and set a record for doubles in a season. Sam also works as a Swiftwater Rescue Instructor for the Whitewater Rescue Institute. A devout kayaker, Sam leads the charge for guide laps just about every evening all summer long at the gorge.

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Sam Kayaking the Gorge back in the day.

We arrived on a surprisingly COLD day for August – 70 degrees, wind………but our guide SAM got us outfitted with Neoprene long sleeve tops right at the beginning and we are so thankful we had these. Sam was awesome, full of energy – making this a absolute BLAST for the 8 of us in the boat. He pushed us toward the bigger waves, made sure everyone was very taken care of, and even got a warmer fleece for Thatcher, one of the boys with us who was on the front of the boat and got quite wet. Sam was awesome – has us wanting to come back in early June when the high water is running to try it out again. The run on the Gorge was one we will remember for a long time.
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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!