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, river surfing, 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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Dirt Bag Gift Guide 2018

Dirt Bag Gift Guide 2018

Generally speaking, river folks are easy to please.  The staff at ZTS created a list of some of our favorites that are easy on the wallet. Here you go….. Dirtbags who still sleep in a tent: Under $25 Gas Card: Any amount is awesome. Can use anytime, anyplace. American Whitewater Membership: Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is…

Disconnecting to reconnect: technology on the river

Disconnecting to reconnect: technology on the river

We all know how it feels when we try to have a conversation and it’s interrupted by the familiar ding of an incoming text message. Or when we are in class / at the movies / falling asleep / in a work flow / driving / exercising / eating dinner / getting romantic / etc.…

Mat + Ian: Lochsa Power Duo

Mat + Ian: Lochsa Power Duo

Celebrating 10 years of changing lives in tandem If you’ve been rafting on the Lochsa anytime in the past ten years, chances are you’ve been lucky enough to witness the synergy of two remarkable whitewater professionals. Mat McGrath and Ian Haddad have been guiding Zoo Town Surfers trips on Idaho’s Wild and Scenic Lochsa River…

Lochsa:  Wild, Scenic, Home

Lochsa: Wild, Scenic, Home

I moved to Missoula for graduate school a few years back. I had a few old, dear friends who lived here already, wonderful people I knew from my days of guiding cold river trips in my home state of Alaska. One of those friends used to fall out of touch every spring for days or…



Okay. So you are heading to the legendary Lochsa River.  It’s time to get fired up. The Lochsa is a designated Wild and Scenic river in north central Idaho. It’s a free-flowing (undammed) river, and in the early spring offers some of the best whitewater in the world. The river is cold, and a typical…



RIVER LOVE What do premature wrinkles, rancid polypro, sandy kisses, and rock-solid communication have in common? Human relationships are hard. But for the paddling partner who’s also my special human, it must be extra tough. When I get scared, I get grumpy. If plans change at the last minute, as they often do with boating,…