Zoo Town Surfers provides authentic, & fun river experiences in Montana and Idaho.  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.

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 and Idaho river experience, whether rowing, floating, paddling, or surfing. Our goal is to connect you to rivers, locally and worldwide.

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.


We are a group of detail focused, authentic, educated and enthusiastic individuals who share a passion for rivers, locally and worldwide. 


Our headquarters, Crystal Springs, overlooks the Alberton Gorge making last minute changes, shuttles, and river access 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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Tips on how to dress for cold weather paddling

Tips on how to dress for cold weather paddling

Living in Montana and other northern states can be difficult in the winter months when temps aren’t exactly ideal for kayaking. Here are some tips on how to dress for success while kayaking in winter conditions, from a kayaker who always finds herself shivering!   DRYSUIT In my opinion, a drysuit is one of the…

Summoning The Motivation To Paddle In The Winter

Summoning The Motivation To Paddle In The Winter

Summoning the motivation to paddle in the winter Paddling and surfing in the winter is quite common here in Missoula, Montana, and, crazy as it seems, it’s one of my favorite times of the year to enjoy the river. There is a feeling of hardiness when you slip on your wetsuit or cold PFD while…

My First Year Guiding

My First Year Guiding

I position the bright blue raft a little too far left in the river, but have run out of time for a correction. Excitement and fear rising in my chest, I grip the oars and hope we will hit the surging wave at the right angle. All I can do sometimes is hope. “ALL FORWARD!…

The perfect gift for your special river rat

The perfect gift for your special river rat

The perfect gift for your special river rat If you dislike holiday shopping as much as we do, we are here to help! Our guides got together and discussed our favorite pieces of gear from 2016.  We’ve put this gear to the test, and we’re excited share with you what we love the most. At…

Hey, what’s in the bag?

Hey, what’s in the bag? Have you ever been on a river trip and noticed that all the guides are carrying  waterproof bags around with them? It often goes unnoticed…until you’re the one that needs something out of that magical bag. Most folks don’t put much thought to it, but once you do, you’ll be…

5 ways to enjoy the legendary rivers of Missoula, Montana

5 ways to enjoy the legendary rivers of Missoula, Montana

When you first arrive in Missoula, you will soon discover that many locals are rooted in the river. It’s hard to not be when you have three rivers that converge in the Missoula Valley: the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and Clark Fork Rivers all come together here.  All three offer different levels of recreation and fishing opportunities.…