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Zoo Town Surfers are Montana and Idaho’s experts in river rafting trips.
Missoula, Montana is a community where rivers define our way of life.

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Zoo Town Surfers are Montana and Idaho’s experts in river rafting trips.

The Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers all converge in the Missoula Valley to create one of the best river towns in the US. Just over Lolo Pass in the Idaho wilderness, you have the spectacular Wild and Scenic Lochsa River.

When you come to Missoula and want to enjoy some quality river time, go with Zoo Town Surfers! There is no better way to experience the beauty of Montana and Idaho than from the seat of a raft. The ZTS experience is about sharing meaningful moments with family and friends, reveling in the beauty of wild places, disconnecting from the daily grind, and having fun on the river.

A rafting adventure with ZTS includes professional and friendly guides, amazing scenery, top-notch equipment, and, of course, big fun. In their spare time and during the off-season, our guides raft, kayak, and surf on the rivers we operate on. With this deep connection to the rivers of Missoula, and over a decade of experience in guiding and instructing guests, we look forward to showing you the best of what our local rivers have to offer.

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. We have multiple outposts and locations that make logistics easy for each river we operate on.

Whether you prefer your trip to be whitewater, scenic, full day or half day, our experienced staff will help you plan your next rafting adventure.

Any day on the river is a good day, so what are you waiting for?

Whitewater

We can get you into some of the best whitewater western Montana and north central Idaho has to offer.

 

River Options

Scenic Tours

If you are looking for sightseeing, wildlife viewing, or just pure relaxation, this trip is for you!

River Options

Speciality Trips

Custom trips both small and large. Our ability to meet the needs of any guest or group is unsurpassed.

Rafting FAQ

Cancellation Policy

As long as you cancel 48 hours or more before the scheduled date of your trip, you will receive a full refund. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 48 hours of a trip’s scheduled departure time.  ZTS reserves the right to cancel a trip at any time due to unsuitable or unsafe weather or river conditions.  If ZTS is forced to cancel a trip, you will be notified immediately and a full refund or alternate booking will be arranged.

How do I get a discount?

In general, the bigger the group, the bigger your discount! Book 11 or more people, and we’ll take 10% off. We also offer 10% discounts for all veterans and active service members.

Do I need experience to go rafting?

No experience is necessary for most of our trips. However, in early spring when the water is high, there may be certain eligibility requirements like good physical condition and the ability to self-rescue.

Will I fall out of the raft?

One of the reasons rafting is fun is that the outcome is a bit uncertain. Although we never try to flip rafts or dump people into the river, there is always a chance that you’ll get really wet. Much of this depends on which river you choose and the current water level.

What are your guides' qualifications?

All ZTS guides have undergone a week-long guide school, are certified Swiftwater Rescue Technicians, and have extensive first aid training. Guides must also log a certain amount of hours on the river, and personally be checked off by a trip leader before guiding guest on their own. 

Do we have to paddle?

Paddling is fun and we encourage you to be an active participant in your adventure. On some of our trips – like high water Lochsa – your paddling is a MUST.

What if it rains?

ZTS goes rafting rain or shine! (You’re going to get wet anyway, so…)

What do you serve on your riverside lunch?

Our menu changes often, but our most popular lunch is steak/chicken asian slaw wraps, with fresh fruit, cookies, and Kettle Chips. We can also do cold cuts on request.

On the Lochsa we serve in-house smoked pork shoulder, homemade sauces, cookies from scratch, slaw, chips, and all the fixings you can squeeze between a bun.