- RIVER SCHOOL
- FLY FISHING
“Shwa,” is a rafting and fishing guide as well as one of Great Northern’s coordinators and has worked for the company for ten years. Shwa grew up in North Dakota but now lives in a yurt in Columbia Falls where he, his wife (whom he met and married at Great Northern!), and his cute black lab, Kaia, make beautiful pottery at Glacier Roundhouse Pottery.
has been guiding the Middle Fork for eight years and is also a rafting coordinator. Joe’s main activity consists of running after or frantically looking for his rebellious puppy and taking her rafting. When he’s not doing that, you can find him in his Wild Sky Woodworks wood shop making beautiful furniture and pieces made from reclaimed Montana barnwood! If you’re in Joe’s boat, make sure to hold on to him tight going through the Bonecrusher rapids to make sure he doesn’t fall out.
Great Northern’s office manager, is back for her fifth season at the company. A native of southern California, she decided the beach was overrated and made her way up to the mountains of Glacier (fortunately for us!). You will most often see her going out of her way to assist someone, whether it be a coworker, customer, or even a plant.
also known as "Korps" by friends, has been guiding on and off for fourteen years. He has been with Great Northern for four years and is one of our rafting coordinators and Glacier River School instructors. In the winter along with his wife and son (Marly and Tade), he moves down to Utah where he works as an avalanche forecaster and gets to shoot a howitzer for the Utah Department of Transportation.
works as a rafting and fishing guide for Great Northern over the summer. During the other months of the year, he sheds his life jacket and dons the title of Dr. Sprenger to go to work as the Musical Director of the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and as first violinist of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra in Texas. While in Montana, Dr. Sprenger trades his concert violin for a fiddle and plays in Great Northern’s famous company band, Sloppy Sue and the Satisfiers.
has been guiding for over 10 years on rivers in Montana and Colorado but has been with Great Northern for four years. A native from Pittsburgh (Go Steelers), Pennsylvania, he moved to Montana in 2001 to guide fly fishing and never left. He is still guiding fishing trips and is now also one of our Glacier River School instructors offering a ton of river and rescue experience. In the winter he heads south to his sailboat, Cacique, with his lovely girlfriend, Jordan.
is a fifth year guide and ACA- certified Level 4 kayak instructor for our kayak school. Prior to Great Northern, he attended St Lawrence University in New York. He now spends his winter in Alta as a ski patroller and pursues deep powder and steep runs. Don’t let his seemingly passive demeanor fool you, Greg is a no-nonsense river-running machine who swims Class IV rapids for fun.
Mae Knowles is here for her second year at Great Northern but has guided rivers on the east coast prior to moving to Montana. She graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Natural Resources Conservation and a minor in Native American studies. She loves climbing, paddling, horseback riding, skiing and painting and is obsessed with farm fresh ice cream. In the winter she heads down to Big Sky Ski Resort in Big Sky, Montana skiing in some awesome snow.
(pronounced Seen), is originally from Wisonsin and has spent time in Alaska where he guided river trips but now calls Montana his home. He's now at Great Northern for his second season with us. Some things about Sean: he loves working with wood and water (all wood, all water; no discrimination) He's also very fond of cheese fondue and tear drop trailers and his spirit animal is a sea turtle.
or "Club Neil", is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and is a second year guide at Great Northern. Outside of the raft world Neil spends his time skiing in Alta and finding the flow on his mountain bike. He also stays busy as a freelance graphic designer and will be headed to Portland this winter to pursue that. Although he loves the city he'd still rather sleep in a tent any day of the week. He's best know for his amazing rice cooking techniques.
is a second year guide here at Great Northern but has been guiding for a few years now. He is an ACA kayak instructor for our kayak school and is originally from Pennsylvania. In the winter you can find him skiing deep powder snow and working in a rental shop at Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, Montana.
is a second year guide here at Great Northern from Berea, Ohio and is now a resident of Colorado. He is a student at the Colorado Mountain College studying Outdoor Education and Sustainability. He also volunteers for an adaptive ski program . Some things Cole is passionate about is rafting, water balloons and slip and slides.
is a first year guide but third year office staff with Great Northern. She is from Montana but has also lived in other places all over the country (New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and New York to name a few.) She now calls Montana her home but spends lots of time traveling and backpacking in places like Costa Rica and Mexico.
is from Massachusetts. This is Jair's first year at Great Northern but 5th year as a guide. He formally guided trips on rivers out east. Jair is enthusiastic about all paddling sports and recently found a new love in whitewater stand up paddle boarding. He is spending his winter in Hawaii!
is guiding with us for the first time this year but has guided on the Middle Fork of the Flathead for four seasons now. He has also guided on the Yellowstone River prior to guiding here. He is originally from New Jersey but spends most of his time in Montana now when he is not kayaking around the world in places such as the Futaleufu River in Chile!
is a third-season office staff. Originally from Divide, Colorado she studied Natural Resources and Art and mastered life while driving a Red Bus for Glacier National Park. While cherishing her new Montana family of Jammer Grandpas, she fell in love with Cheif Mountain and achieved her goal of reaching it's summit. Now all that's left is figuring out how to ride a horse through the whitewater.
is a third year office staff with Great Northern but you'll also see her on the river guiding this year. She is from Montana but has also lived in other places all over the country (New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and New York to name a few.) She now calls Montana her home but spends lots of time traveling and backpacking in places like Costa Rica and Mexico.
is also one of our second year office staff from Bozeman, Montana. She is a graduate from the University of Montana with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. She spent the last winter traveling in Peru and will be spending this winter in Portland working for a non-profit. She has traveled all over and spent her freshman year of high school in Montpellier, France living the french dream.
is Great Northern’s chef and is the wizard behind the amazing food on all of our meal trips. Meg sources local organic food, much of it from her own garden, to create the impressive three-course meals your guides will cook up for you right on the side of the river if you’re on a full-day, overnight, or dinner trip. Meg credits the Universe for sending her inspiration for her recipes, and who has better taste than the Universe?
is originally from Marysville, WA but she has spent the last 6 years in Missoula. This is Lindsay's second year at Great Northern and she does a lot more than spend time on the river. You may see Lindsay driving your trip, checking you in at the office or keeping our grounds beautiful. One of her quest's in life is to see every national park by the time she turns 30.
is the head housekeeper at the resort. A tough lady with a sweet spot for all the raft guides, Bernie has assumed the role of company mom. She keeps everybody in line and makes sure we feed and bathe ourselves. You can find Bernie running around the grounds keeping the cabins ship-shape and reminding the guides to wash behind their ears.