Missoula, Montana Whitewater Rafting

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Are you looking for an adventure? Visit Zoo Town Surfers online to book your whitewater river rafting trip.


$70 Half Day
$95 Riverside Lunch
$125 Full Day

Minimum Age

6 (age requirement is dependent on water levels)


Adventure Level

  • Beginner


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Alberton Gorge whitewater rafting of the Clark Fork River offers the best rafting in Western Montana. In early spring, the Alberton Gorge is a big water raft trip. The Clark Fork River is the largest river by volume in Montana and it feels like it every spring. As the water drops, the gorge becomes more defined and forms dozens of Class III rapids with names like Triple Bridges, Ice Box, Roller Coaster, 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. The gorge is lined with spectacular canyon walls, raptors, wildlife, and incredible rapids.

Fun, splashy Class II/III whitewater that is great for beginners and experts alike with plenty of swimming opportunities and sandy beaches. The Alberton Gorge is just 40 minutes west of Missoula and is a local’s favorite!

Quick Facts

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  • Once the water level drops after spring run-off (usually after June), The Alberton Gorge has a minimum age limit of 6.
  • The Lochsa River runs through June 15 most years.
  • Our whitewater rafting trips vary in time and trip length from 2-8 hours depending on trip type, river, and water levels.
  • Expect to get wet!
  • Paddling is required, the more you put in, the more you get out!
  • We’ll outfit your float with cold beverages and delicious snacks, or a fully catered riverside lunch depending on your trip.
  • We are happy to honor a 10% discount for groups of 12 or more.
  • If you are a Veteran or Active-Duty Service Member, as a thank you for your dedication and service, we also offer a 10% discount.
  • We highly recommend renting a drysuit through the Trailhead or Loveboat Paddle Company, both based in Missoula.

What You Bring

  • Sturdy footwear (Chaco, Keen-style sandals, or old tennis shoes. Anything but flip-flops!)
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick-drying or breathable clothing (no cotton!)
  • Dry clothes for after
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra cash for tip and merchandise

What We Provide

  • PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Wetsuit
  • Splash jacket
  • Booties
  • Fleece
  • Raft
  • Paddles
  • Guide
  • Shuttle

Photo Gallery

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Lochsha River