Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Choosing the right raft trip for your family

I want to go rafting, but I don’t know which trip is right for my family!

With few exceptions, Glacier Raft Company offers a raft trip for nearly everyone. From 3 to 93, we’ve taken them down the river. Here’s a quick breakdown of our trips:

Scenic Float:  Enjoy a leisurely scenic float on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River starting in West Glacier. Depending on the weather, this trip is appropriate for families with children as young as 2 or 3, or for anyone who isn’t interested in the excitement of whitewater. You won’t get wet with the exception of your feet. Feel free to bring cameras, although we do use paddle rafts and most rafters will participate in paddling down the river. Our guides will entertain you with an interpretive dialog of the area including history, flora and fauna, and share with you their own personal insights. Trip length is 2 ½ to 3 hours.

Half Day Whitewater:

Want a dose of Glacier National Park White Water Rafting, but don’t have all day? Our half-day whitewater trip offers the perfect opportunity to get a taste of adrenaline while sampling phenomenal views into Glacier National Park without having to commit your whole day. The 2 ½ to 3 hour trip takes place on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and begins up river from West Glacier amongst the eye-popping vistas of Nyack Flats before flowing through the exhilarating whitewater of John Stevens Canyon. Once you’ve had a chance to hone your paddling skills on a couple of miles of easygoing current, the river narrows and the fun begin! Rapids like Tunnel, Bone Crusher, and Jaws will leave you soaked, stoked, and anxious for more. We are taking kids as young as 5-6 years old on this trip.  Whether it’s your first trip to Montana or you’re a local looking to spice up a summer day, this trip will be the highlight of your adventures in Glacier country!

Half Day Whitewater with Dinner:  Imagine your perfect summer afternoon… Would it include a healthy dose of fresh mountain air mixed with boatloads of belly laughs? Would it include an invigorating swim in one of the cleanest rivers in the world? How about some good old fashioned whitewater-fueled adrenaline thrown in for good measure? Then, when you’ve worked up an appetite worthy of this epic day, throw in an impeccable riverside barbecue dinner of steak, chicken, or veggie burger accompanied by fresh sides, salads and dessert. If that sounds like your perfect day, then this is your perfect trip.

Duckies/Inflatable Kayaks:  Whether as a solo adventurer or with the expedition partner of your choice, individual or tandem inflatable kayaks are a great way to get up close and personal with some Montana whitewater. These intrepid crafts can be added to any of our whitewater trips on which you’ll be assigned a raft and experienced guide to follow. Helmets, wetsuits, and neoprene booties are included. Inflatable kayaks are available for 1 or 2 people.

Sport Rafts: If your goal is to go bigger, go smaller! Our 14’ sport rafts are the perfect option for adventurers in search of a little extra excitement. These smaller boats are built for sportier lines and more technical paddling maneuvers, allowing you to make the most of every rapid. These smaller rafts holding 4-6 rafters can be added to any of our whitewater trips. Guide included!

Full Day Whitewater: Our full day whitewater trip should be called the “full plate” trip because on this 5-6 hour adventure you’ll enjoy food for your soul and your stomach. Your day begins with a hearty helping of natural splendor as you take in mouth-watering views of Glacier National Park and wind your way down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Midway through your journey you’ll stop along the riverbank to enjoy a barbeque lunch of steak, chicken, or veggie burger cooked to order and accompanied by fresh salads and sides. After lunch you’ll be fueled up and ready to tackle the whitewater of John Stevens Canyon. During the whitewater stretch, class II-III rapids like Tunnel, Bone Crusher, and Jaws will quench your thirst for adventure and leave you full of memories that will last a lifetime!


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