Alberton Gorge – Whitewater Rafting

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The Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River offers the best whitewater rafting in Western Montana.
The Gorge is defined by spectacular canyon walls, raptors, wildlife, and unforgettable rapids.

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Prices

Adult Half-Day: $55/person
Child Half-Day: $49/person (12 and Under)
Raft Trip w/ Lunch: $75/person
Raft Trip w/ Lunch (Child): $69/person
*prices do not include a 3% use fee by Fish Wildlife and Parks

Minimum Age

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Adventure Level

  • Beginner

Overview

In early spring, the Alberton Gorge is a high adventure, big water raft trip. As the summer warms up and the water drops , the individual rapids of the Gorge emerge, and dozens of Class I-III gems – such as Triple Bridges, Boat Eater, Tumbleweed, and Davey Jones’s Locker – are revealed. Remarkably, the Gorge offers fantastic whitewater rafting all year long!

ZOO TOWN SURFERS HEADQUARTERS

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, making last minute trip changes, shuttles, and river access 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. Go rafting, then kick back, 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 here every day, all summer long.

ALBERTON GORGE & CLARK FORK RIVER HISTORY

During the last ice age, approximately 20,000 years ago, the Clark Fork Valley rested along the southern edge of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet, which covered much of western North America. The ice sheet advanced and formed a frozen dam on the river, creating Glacial Lake Missoula, stretched across the Clark Fork Valley and central Montana. The periodic rupturing and rebuilding of the ice dam released the Missoula Floods, a series of catastrophic floods which roared down the Clark Fork and Pend Oreille Rivers and into the Columbia, sculpting many of the geologic features you see on the Alberton Gorge today. Fun fact: the Gorge is home to some of the oldest sedimentary rock in the world.

Quick Facts

  • A float through Alberton Gorge is about 11 miles long.
  • Our time on the water depends on water levels, but usually lasts between 2 and 4 hours.
  • Though our age requirement depends on water levels, usually 6 is minimum.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • On each Full-Day trip, we prepare a delicious riverside lunch.
  • The Gorge is a quick 40-minute drive from Missoula, 2 hours from Coeur d’Alene, and 2.5 hours from Spokane.
  • 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.

What You Bring

  • River shoes (anything but flip flops)
  • Swimsuit/synthetic layers (NO cotton!)
  • Dry Clothes
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra cash for tip and merchandise

What We Provide

  • Helmet
  • PFD
  • Wetsuit (if needed)
  • Splash jacket
  • Booties (if needed)
  • Fleece
  • Paddles
  • Guide
  • Shuttle

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