Zoo Town Surfers provides safe & fun Montana and Idaho whitewater rafting, scenic rafting, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding adventures in the Missoula and Lowell area. Locally owned/operated since 2004, in the heart of classic Western Montana whitewater, we specialize in custom river trips and strive to provide the exact river experience you are seeking.

Our mission is simple at Zoo Town Surfers:  We want to share our passion for spending time on the rivers by creating experiences and opportunities that will bring out the best in you.

The Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot Rivers merge together in the Missoula Valley and offer some of the finest kayaking, scenic river rafting & whitewater rafting Montana has to offer. Just over Lolo pass, The Lochsa River originates on the western slope of The Bitterroot Mountains, far into the wilds of the Clearwater National Forest.The Clark Fork River flows through the heart of downtown Missoula, and passes through the legendary Brennan’s Wave. Some of the best rivers and creeks in the world are within a 2 hour drive from Missoula, making it an epicenter for river adventures. Overlooking the Clark Fork River’s legendary Alberton Gorge section, our headquarters is one of the most convenient meeting places for Western Montana rafting, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding adventures.

Let Zoo Town Surfers show you the best Montana river experience, whether rowing, floating, paddling, or surfing. Our goal is to connect you to rivers, locally and worldwide, while showing you the greatest time of your life.

Book your whitewater rafting, scenic river rafting, kayaking, or stand-up paddle boarding adventure today!

Delicious Riverside Lunches

Locally smoked pulled pork, fresh rolls, homemade chipotle corn pasta salad or coleslaw, dessert made from scratch, homemade BBQ sauce, and fresh fruit.  Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten free options are available on request.


Certified Professionals.  Detail Focused.  Enthusiastic. Fun.


Our headquarters, Crystal Springs, overlooks the Alberton Gorge making last minute changes, shuttles, and river access are simple and easy.

Custom Trips Small and Large

We specialize in working with our guests to create the perfect day on the river, and our ability to meet the needs of any guest or group is unsurpassed
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5 Reasons to Float the Lochsa River The Lochsa is one of the best rivers in the Lower 48. I have paddled hundreds of different rivers and there is no river I’m more drawn to than the Lochsa. For Missoulians, it’s a short drive over Lolo Pass. Folks coming from Spokane and Coeur D’Alene can…

2 Rivers + 2 Hours = FUN!

2 Rivers + 2 Hours = FUN!

There are some great river towns out there. Many towns, such as Boise, Asheville, and Bend boast great river opportunities in or close to town and seem to attract folks who put recreation on a pedestal over work. Missoula falls right into place with these towns but certain opportunities separate Missoula from the rest. Brennan’s…

4 Great meals for self-support kayaking trips

4 great meals for self-support kayaking trips I recently went on a 12 day self-support kayaking trip on the Grand Canyon. Prior to this trip, my backcountry cooking skills consisted of the ability to boil water and add it to a freeze-dried meal pouch. However, with the help of two backcountry cooking gurus and the…

Gear Advice for a Grand Canyon Self-Support Kayak Trip

6 things I wish I had brought on my Grand Canyon self-support kayaking trip 1. Longer paddle My shoulders hate me right now for trying to save money by using a 194cm paddle that I already had.  Lesson learned:  when paddling a longer and heavier boat, a longer paddle is also necessary. 2.  Seat cushion…

5 things to carry in your PFD (personal floatation device)

1. Whistle: A whistle can be used as a way to communicate with others on the river when talking and yelling is not an option. Whistles are also an important way to alert others and get their attention quickly. Don’t just go to the local store, buy a whistle, and start blowing it left and…

Top 3 lakes to SUP around Missoula

TOP 3 LAKES TO SUP AROUND MISSOULA MONTANA There are a chain of lakes located just east of Missoula on the Clear Water River along HWY 83 that offer great views and easy access. Hwy 83 is the most scenic route if you’re heading to Flathead Lake or Glacier National Park Harpers Lake: It’s a small…