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Scenic Montana River Rafting Trips

If you are looking for sightseeing, wildlife viewing, or just pure relaxation, then our scenic Montana river rafting trips are just for you! The Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers all offer beautiful stretches of river just perfect for scenic float trips.  Our favorite, the Tarkio Gorge is great for late evening trips, accompanied by wine, a local beer tour, or a nice appetizer floating into the sunset.

We specialize in scenic river raft trips — leisurely float trips — which allow us to work with our guests or group to create the river experience you are looking for—suited to your pace, sense of adventure, interests, or group.

Blackfoot River

Float through a section of Montana’s classic Blackfoot River Corridor northeast of Missoula to enjoy crystal clear water, ponderosa pines, mossy rocks, and amazing vistas. The river winds through several canyons and valleys that were formed by the Missoula Floods from Glacial Lake Missoula. The Blackfoot River was made famous by Norman Maclean’s book, A River Runs Through It, an acclaimed movie that followed. The Blackfoot is known for its recreational opportunities and is a popular spot for locals on hot summer days. You’ll find the Blackfoot to be ripe with excellent swimming holes, fish, birds, scenery — and fun!

Full-day, half-day and afternoon trips are available and vary in popularity according to the time of year, water levels, and each group’s interests.

Blackfoot Pricing

Adult Half Day: $60/person
Child (12 and Under): $55/person

Adult Full Day (includes riverside lunch): $75/person
Child Full Day: $69/person

Hellgate Canyon/Downtown Missoula Float

Float 2 rivers in one day!  2010 was a historic year for the Clark Fork River.  Since the early 1900’s the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers stopped at the Milltown Dam, before flowing towards Missoula.  Now, just 5 miles east of Missoula, the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers come together and are free again.     This trip is a great opportunity for young kids to have a positive, safe, fun, river experience.  The float offers unique views of Hellgate Canyon, The University of Montana, Brennan’s Wave, and downtown Missoula.  The float usually takes 2 hours or less.

There are 2 sections offered on this trip, so give us a call and we will steer you in the right direction.

Town Float Pricing
Adult : $45/person
Child (12 and Under): $40/person

Tarkio Gorge

The Tarkio Gorge is just below the rapids of the Alberton Gorge. Amazing wildlife (osprey, bald eagles, beavers, river otters, elk, deer, and moose), scenic views, sandy beaches, and deep swimming holes make this section one of Western Montana’s best kept secrets.

Located just minutes away from our headquarters, this is the most popular scenic river rafting trip we offer. After the float, come back to the headquarters and enjoy your favorite beverage, food, and some relaxation while soaking up the views overlooking the Alberton Gorge. Half-day and evening trips leave daily.

Tarkio Gorge Pricing
Adult Half Day: $45/person
Child (12 and Under): $40/person

Adult Full Day (includes riverside lunch): $75/person
Child Full Day: $69/person

If you have questions about your next scenic river trip, give us a call at (406-546-0370) or send us an inquiry at waves@zootownsurfers.com. We look forward to helping you!

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Scenic Rafting FAQ

Will I get wet?

On a scenic raft trip, there is a very small chance that you will get wet.  Your feet will get wet.  If you get too hot, you can always voluntarily jump in to cool off!

What do you serve on your riverside lunch?

Locally sourced, hickory smoked pulled pork, homemade chipotle corn pasta salad or coleslaw, homemade BBQ sauce, Kettle Chips, fresh fruit, and scratch cookies.

Will we have to paddle?

On scenic trips, paddling is optional