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 Crystal Springs is one of the most convenient meeting places for Western Montana rafting, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding adventures.

Our Missoula location, The Wave Cave is just a stones throw from the Clark Fork River and legendary Brennan’s Wave.  

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

Fresh and creative riverside lunches made from scratch before each trip.  Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are a guarantee with every lunch. 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 Missoula location, The Wave Cave is where Blackfoot/Missoula Town Floats/Kayak Lessons meet.  Alberton/Tarkio Gorge trips meet at Crystal Springs, 35 minutes west of Missoula and overlooks the Alberton Gorge.  Lochsa Trips meet at Ryan’s Wilderness Inn, Lowell Idaho.  Locations that are close to the rivers we work on make 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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Ladies, let’s talk about peeing in the woods. More specifically, let’s talk about peeing on the river. Or off the back of a raft. Our guy friends have it easy; as women, we have to put a little more thought into our river adventures. NATURE’S CALL When nature calls on the river, remember this timeless…

Kids and Rafting

Kids and Rafting

All kids should go rafting. It’s not only a great way to “unplug” from the daily consumption of electronic devices that we are all so accustomed to but it’s also a great way to explore the outdoors and have fun. Here is some advice for your next adventure on the river. Pick the right river…

A Day in the Life of a Lochsa River Guide

A Day in the Life of a Lochsa River Guide

It’s still dark when I open the rain fly. Six thirty. I swear I just walked away from the hot fire and cold drinks to pass out happily by the rushing river. Quietly, we round up the crew and head downriver. We have two hours to get everything in place before the guests show up.…

5 must-see spots you might have missed on the Lochsa River

5 must-see spots you might have missed on the Lochsa River

5 must-see spots you might have missed on the Lochsa River We have guests that come to the Lochsa River year after year. Our Lochsa guests ebb and flow like the river: some folks are just starting a multi-year “Lochsa Run” and for others, the run is coming to an end. It always amazes me…

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…