Alberton Gorge

The Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River offers some of the best whitewater rafting in Western Montana. It’s our home river and we spend hundreds of days each year rafting, kayaking, and surfing its legendary features. The Alberton Gorge flows through a deep canyon, with rose-colored cliffs, sandy beaches, a ponderosa pine forest, and deep green pools between the rapids.

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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 an 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 and rapids you see on the Alberton Gorge today.

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 III rapids with names like Triple Bridges, Boat Eater, Tumbleweed, Fang and Davey Jones’s Locker. The calm stretches between the rapids make this the perfect family rafting trip allowing for swimming and water fights.

Our headquarters, Crystal Springs, overlooks the Alberton Gorge and is only a few minutes from both the put-in and take-out making last minute changes and logistics easy. After your river adventure, kick back, relax and enjoy a cold beverage on one of our decks overlooking the Alberton Gorge.

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