Montana White Water Rafting

Montana/Idaho white water rafting with Zoo Town Surfers gets you into some of the best white water western Montana and north central Idaho has to offer.  Here at Zoo Town Surfers we offer small, custom trips matched to your group’s preferences and sense of adventure.  Our professional guides focus on the details, giving you the personalized attention you deserve and expect from a local company.  Our headquarters overlooks the Alberton Gorge and is ideal for rafting trips, company outings, family reunions, wedding parties, and bachelor/ette parties.  Book your white water rafting adventure with Zoo Town Surfers!

Alberton Gorge

Missoula rafting doesn’t get any better than the Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River, Missoula’s crown jewel of white water rafting, lined with spectacular canyon walls, wildlife, and loads of fabulous rapids! This section of river is filled with numerous Class I-III drops that offer excitement from May through August. With names like Davey Jones’s Locker, Triple Bridges, Tumbleweed, Boat Eater, and Fang, the rapids will keep your attention between the easier pools that line the length of the canyon. Due to the large volume nature of the Clark Fork River and its stream bed, you will always find enough water for a good time in the Alberton Gorge, even when other rivers in the surrounding area have long since slowed to a trickle or just dried up.

Our headquarters, Crystal Springs overlooks the Alberton Gorge and is our base of operations. This gives us the advantage of keeping an eye on the river’s action and beauty — right from our doorstep. Our location also makes last minute changes easy. We encourage guest to hang out, enjoy the view, and relax on one of our decks overlooking the river.   We can also offer the option of post-float barbecues, great for family get-togethers or company outings.  Come visit us for a day of whitewater on the Gorge.  We’ve got expert guides in the Alberton Gorge every day, all summer long!

Alberton Gorge Pricing
Adult Half Day: $55/person
Child (12 and Under): $49/person

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

Quick Facts
•    Alberton Gorge trip length is about 11 miles
•    Time on the water depends on water levels (2-4 hours usually)
•    Age limit depends on water levels (usually 6 is minimum)
•    40 minute drive from Missoula, 2 hours from CDA, and 2.5 from Spokane
•    10% Discount applies to groups of 10 or more, AAA, and Military.  Call for special pricing options.
•    No experience is necessary
•    All trips begin and end at our Headquarters overlooking the Alberton Gorge
•    5 minutes from put-in and take-out.
•    Delicious riverside lunches

Lochsa River

The Billy Goat
Experience the most popular section of the Lochsa River, the Goat Range.  Have you ever driven along HWY 12 and seen all of those kayakers, rafters, and surfers having so much fun on the Lochsa River?  Well now it’s your time to have some fun!  Over 18 class IV rapids will surely leave you with a grin on your face.  This is a great trip for first timers or folks on a time crunch.

Cost:  $75
Includes all necessary gear
No food, no stops.

Standard One-Day Trip
The Standard One Day Trip covers over 20 miles of the Lochsa River.  After floating the “middle 10”, we stop for a delicious lunch at Riley Flats, our private riverside camp.  Once your food has settled, it’s time to get back in the raft and crush the big rapids that are waiting for you in the Goat Range.

Cost:  $120
Includes all necessary gear
Lunch provided

Epic One-Day Trip
This river adventure is not for the faint of heart.  The Epic One-Day  trip covers over 30 miles of classic Idaho white water and includes rapids with names like Vortex, Fake Onno’s, Eye Opener, Triple Hole, Linebacker, and Ten Pin Alley.  We provide a snack halfway and delicious lunch at Riley Flats, our private riverside camp.*

Cost: $150

*Pre-Requisites for Epic One – Day Trip
Must be in good physical shape
Water levels must be between 5-7 feet at the Lowell Bridge Gauge
Must have prior rafting experience
Must be able to self-rescue
We reserve the right to cancel an “Epic Trip” based on varying river conditions

Quick Facts
•    Lochsa is in Pacific Time Zone
•    No cell service
•    Must be 16 or older
•    Paddling is required
•    Trips meet at Ryan’s Wilderness Inn.  Lowell, Idaho
•    10% Discount applies to groups of 10 or more, AAA, and Military.  Call for special pricing options.
•    The “Epic” is 10 more miles of whitewater and includes a snack break and lunch
•    Hot lunch is included on Standard and Epic Trips.  No food included on The Billy Goat.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River offers great Montana white water rafting, adding amazing scenery and wildlife to the fun. Mossy rock, ponderosa pines, and crystal clear water make the Blackfoot a popular spot among Missoulians.  The river is classified as Class I-II(III) whitewater. Close to Missoula, the Blackfoot River is easily accessible for a half-day float or full-day float. Traveling through the beautiful Blackfoot River Corridor, our guides will work to keep you safe and dry or steer you through the wettest ride possible — it’s all up to you. In May and early-June the river can run fast and high for a more exciting ride or, if you wish, toward the mid-summer months the water drops for a more casual summer ride emphasizing fun swimming holes, lots of sun, and a meandering stream bed through the Montana wilderness.

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

Quick Facts
•    Blackfoot River has numerous sections
•    Over 50 miles of floatable water
•    No experience necessary
•    10% Discount applies to groups of 10 or more, AAA, and Military.  Call for special pricing options.
•    Great for all ability levels
•    Delicious riverside lunches made from scratch

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Whitewater Rafting FAQ

Do I need experience to go rafting?

No experience is necessary.

What is the difference between a full and half day trip?

The full day trip includes a riverside lunch.  The half day trip does not include lunch.

How do I get a discount?

Here is how you can get a 10% discount:

-bring 10 or more people

-veteran/active service member

-we also offer discounts to non-profits, school, and church groups, and AAA.

What should I wear?

Tennis shoes or river sandals (no flip flops)

Hat to block the sun


Nylon, poly, or fleece shirt (anything but cotton)

Bathing suit

Dry clothes for after

Do we have to paddle?

Paddling is required on the Lochsa river. On the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot river, paddling is optional.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations made 10 or more days before your trip departure will receive a full refund.  For cancellations 2-9 days before a trip, a 50% refund or alternative booking will be issue at your discretion.  Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 48 hours of a trip’s departure time.  No-show are also non-refundable.  ZTS reserves the right to cancel a trip at any time if faced with 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 alternative booking will be arranged.

What if it rains?

ZTS goes rafting rain or shine.

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 cookies made from scratch.