Whitewater rafting: if you’ve never done it, it’s something that should definitely earn a spot on your bucket list. Combining the adventure of an extreme sport with the beauty of pristine rivers and Montana wilderness, it’s no wonder whitewater rafting appeals to people who visit this beautiful state.
If you’re planning your trip to Glacier Park, don’t forget to plan your raft trip with Great Northern resort.
Rafting in Glacier National Park 101: What Visitors Should Know
First things first – you’re going to have a great time.
While some people feel trepidation about their raft adventure, rafting with a professional raft company is very safe. It’s also fun and perfect for the whole family. Each trip is captained by professional guides that know the river, are trained in swiftwater rescue, and understand how to guide you through whitewater obstacles. Trust us – your safety is our top priority.
Our guides give a brief safety talk before every trip. By the time you climb in the boat, you’ll feel fully prepared for the adventure that lies ahead – even if you’ve never been before!
In the flat water sections of the trip, you’ll get to sit back, relax, and take in all the natural beauty of the river and its surroundings.
How to Prepare for Your Raft Trip: 4 Steps
Getting ready for the trip is half the fun! Prepare yourself and your family with these four tips:
1. Choose the Right Clothes
Wear clothing that is comfortable and that you don’t mind getting wet. Synthetic clothing is best. Waterproof shoes with a heel strap are highly recommended, or tennis shoes that can withstand water- no Crocs or flip flops please. If you have any doubts about what you should wear, give us a call or check out our “What to Wear” page. Our guides will be happy to advise you.
2. Get Ready to Work as Group
Whitewater rafting is a team exercise. Once you’re in the boat, you’ll hear your guide yell things like “all forward!” and “all left!” These are paddling instructions that you’ll need to follow. Everyone in the boat who is equipped with a paddle will paddle together in unison. Don’t worry, though – your guide always has ultimate control of the boat.
3. Bring Some SPF
Whitewater rafting means being in or on the water for hours. Prevent sunburns by slathering on the SPF before you go. For best results, choose a formula that’s designed to be sweat- and water-resistant.
4. Research the River
If you’re coming out to raft with Great Northern Whitewater Raft & Resort, you might want to learn about the river before your trip begins.
Established as a Wild and Scenic River corridor in 1968, the Middle Fork of the Flathead is a beautiful, undammed natural river. With Glacier National Park on one side and the Northern Boundary of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex on the other, the river forms a corridor between more than 2.5 million acres of protected wilderness. What better place to enjoy a rafting adventure?
We’ll See You in Montana!
Whitewater rafting in Glacier Park is an unforgettable experience. We’re looking forward to making your trip a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. Offering professional guides, punchy red boats, and enough fun for the entire family, Great Northern Whitewater Raft & Resort is here to help you play, stay, and relax in the Last Best Place.
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