Rafting the Alberton Gorge

The Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River offers the best whitewater rafting in Western Montana. The gorge is lined with spectacular canyon walls, raptors, wildlife, and incredible rapids. In early spring, the Alberton Gorge is a big water raft trip.  As the water drops, the gorge becomes more defined and forms dozens of Class I-III rapids such as Triple Bridges, Boat Eater, Tumbleweed, and Davey Jones’s Locker. The gorge offers whitewater rafting all year long!

Our headquarters, Crystal Springs, is right off of exit 65, on HWY 90, and overlooks the Alberton Gorge.  Only 5 minutes from the put-in and take-out, last minute changes, shuttles, and river access are simple and easy.  Crystal Springs is an ideal location for post-float barbeques, family reunions, and company outings. Crystal Springs is fully equipped with hot/cold showers, clean bathrooms, horseshoes, warm/cold beverages, and a retail shop.  Raft, then kick back and relax and enjoy some homemade salsa and a cold beverage on one of our decks overlooking the Alberton Gorge.  Stop by and see us! We’re there every day, all summer long.

During the last ice age, approximately 20,000 years ago, the Clark Fork Valley rested along the southern edge of the Cordilleran ice sheet covering western North America. The ice sheet advanced and formed and ice dam on the river, creating Glacial Lake Missoula which stretched through the Clark Fork Valley across central Montana. The periodic rupturing and rebuilding of the ice dam released the Missoula Floods, a series of catastrophic floods down the Clark Fork and Pend Oreille rivers into the Columbia which sculptured many of the geographic features you see on the Alberton Gorge. The gorge has some of the oldest sedimentary rock in the world.

Alberton Gorge Pricing
Adult Half Day: $55/person
Child (12 and Under): $49/person

Adult Full Day (includes riverside lunch): $75/person
Child Full Day: $69/person

*prices do not include a 3% use fee by Fish Wildlife and Parks

Quick Facts

  • Alberton Gorge trip length is about 11 miles
  • Time on the water depends on water levels (2-4 hours usually)
  • Age limit depends on water levels (usually 6 is minimum)
  • 40 minute drive from Missoula, 2 hours from CDA, and 2.5 from Spokane
  • 10% discount applies to groups of 10 or more, AAA, Military.  Call for special pricing options.
  • No experience is necessary
  • Delicious riverside lunch