Lochsa Whitewater Rafting

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


$100 Half Day
$145 Riverside Lunch

Minimum Age

14 (age requirement is dependent on water levels)


Adventure Level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


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Our team of river guides here at ZTS feel that the Lochsa River is one of the best white water rafting rivers in the world. The Lochsa originates on the western slope of the Bitterroot Mountains, deep in the wilderness of the Clearwater National Forest. It quickly gains momentum as it cascades downstream, challenging boaters with its infamous big water rapids. The Lochsa will thoroughly drench and exhilarate anyone who attempts to charge through its impressive standing waves and churning holes.

Lochsa season begins in early April, when the high mountain snow begins to melt and spring rains come to Lolo Pass. This free-flowing, truly wild river can vary in flow depending on many variables, and its levels are hard to predict. The “big water” levels are typically between mid-April and the end of May. Higher flows are great for guests with previous rafting experience who crave the rush of thunderous world-class rapids. Good physical shape and the ability to self-rescue are essential at these bigger levels. As the water drops, the temperatures increase and the river becomes more technical (and a little less intimidating). The Lochsa has something to offer at all flows. It never disappoints!

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

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