Half Day White Water Rafting Trips Near Glacier National Park

Montana's Best White Water Rafting Trips

Flathead River Rafting, NW Montana

Along the southern boundary to Glacier National Park, the Middle Fork of the Flathead River offers the best whitewater rafting in Montana.  Rafting will be the perfect addition to your Montana vacation! The Flathead River is protected as a “Wild and Scenic” river ensuring that it will remain free-flowing and untamed. The Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River offers white-knuckle rafting through the John F. Stevens Canyon. These rafting adventures feature Class II-III rapids while enjoying the majestic mountain views of Glacier National Park.

Want to hit the waters of Glacier National Park and still have time for other Glacier Park adventures? Great Northern offers both half-day scenic float trips and half-day whitewater rafting trips.  Half day relaxing scenic float trips and thrilling whitewater rafting trips are a great way experience Glacier Park.  Most importantly you’ll have plenty of time left over to explore the other wonders of Glacier National Park.

Half Day Whitewater Raft Trips

Our half day Montana whitewater rafting trips are on the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  This exhilarating whitewater stretch of river runs through the John F. Stevens Canyon bordering Glacier National Park.  This section of river features numerous class II-III fun and splashy rapids.  Whitewater rafting trips along the boundary of Glacier Park are an exhilarating activity for the whole family.  If you’re feeling adventurous try a sport raft or funyak (inflatable kayak).

Half Day Scenic Float Trips

We know that whitewater rafting trips aren’t for everyone.  We also offer relaxing scenic rafting trips which are very family friendly.  Our scenic river tour gives you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty of Glacier National Park. You can sit back and relax on this peaceful stretch of the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Our friendly, interpretive river guides will do all the work to safely navigate you down the river.  Perfect for families with young children, seniors, and anyone who just wants to relax.  So, join us on a scenic float and see one of the most gorgeous parts of Glacier National Park.

Half Day Rafting Dinner Trips

Our half day Montana whitewater rafting trips and scenic float trips get even better.  Not only can you view the spectacular scenery of Glacier National Park but you can have dinner on the banks of the river.  After you’ve worked up an appetite, throw in an impeccable riverside barbecue dinner with your choice of steak, chicken, hamburger, or veggie burger.  Top that off with a variety of fresh sides, salads and a dessert.  If you don’t want to think about dinner plans we’ve got you covered, look at our Dinner Rafting Trips.


Great Northern’s Montana whitewater rafting trips, scenic float tours, and Montana guided fly fishing trips run May through September on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

Cherish your Glacier Park rafting trip forever with a photo package. Our photographer, Mountain Photography, is on the river from mid-June through Labor Day and takes photos of all our whitewater trips. Pre-buy your photos separately at a discount at the time of booking or purchase them separately in our office on the day of your trip. Don’t miss this Glacier National Park souvenir! You can buy them online here.

Montana Whitewater Rafting

Fun Half Day Whitewater Rafting at our Glacier National Park Resort in Montana

HALF DAY WHITE WATER RAFTING

Rafting Times:

10:15, 11:15, 2:15, 3:15
(Resort Check-In Time 15mins Prior to Trip Time)

Available Dates:

Mid May to Late September

Rates:

Adult - $60.00
Child (12 and Under) - $50.00
Private Boat - $495.00
Private Trip - $616.00 per Boat

(Limit 8 People Per Boat on Private Boat and Private Trip Boat)

Boat prices do not include 7% service fee or gratuity

Our Half Day White Water Trips offer an exciting day of Class II-III rapids and breathtaking views along the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. Your guide will instruct you on river safety and proper paddling technique as you paddle your way down 8 miles of some of the Montana's best white water.

If you're new to white water rafting trips, no worries, as you have four miles of relatively calm water to learn the paddle commands and how to paddle effectively as a team. Along the way there are incredible views into Glacier National Park's dramatic terrain.

Once you get to John Stevens Canyon the river picks up speed and your adventure really begins. You'll need all of that practice from upstream to execute the commands in the white water. With rapids like Bonecrusher, Jaws and the Notch (to name a few) your crew is sure to have an exciting time.

Once you see the Old Bridge, (the original route in to Glacier National Park) you are nearly there. There's about a mile left to the take out, followed by a short ride back to the Great Northern Resort where the Railway Cafe is sure to be cooking and the ice cream is nice and cold on a hot summer's day. Make sure to check out the photos of your run through Bonecrusher in our office!

Group Rates available:

Group (10+)

Group (20+)

Group (30+)

 

Prices do not include 7% service fee or gratuity

Trip Duration:

2-2 1/2 hours in May - Mid June to 4 hours by late August- early September.

River Rating & Rapids:

Class II-IV depending on river flows. (Class III-IV in late May to early July; to moderate Class II-III later in the summer) Rapids Include: Tunnel, Bonecrusher, Toilet Boil, The Big Squeeze, Screaming Right-Hand Turn, Jaws, The Narrows, CBT and Pumphouse.

River Miles:

8 river miles

Age Limits:

Ages 5 & up - age is dependent upon weather & river conditions.




Great Northern's Half Day Whitewater rafting dinner trips at our Glacier National Park Resort in Montana

HALF DAY WHITE WATER RAFTING WITH DINNER

Rafting Times:

2:15pm
(Resort Check-In Time 15mins Prior to Trip Time)

Available Dates:

June 6th through Sept 8th

Rates:

Adult- $83.00
Child (12 and Under) - $68.00
Private Boat - $675.00
Private Trip - $825.00 per Boat

(Limit 8 People Per Boat on Private Boat and Private Trip Boat)

Boat prices do not include 7% service fee or gratuity

Our White Water Dinner Trip offers an exciting afternoon of white water paddling along the southern boundary of Glacier National Park followed by a delicious, freshly cooked evening meal on the river.

Our White Water Dinner Trip begins with 4 miles of relatively calm water that allows time for your guide to instruct you on boat safety and proper paddling technique as you paddle your way down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Once you enter the John Stevens Canyon you'll be ready for the exciting rapids ahead. After you've made your way through most of the rapids you will have worked up an appetite and will be ready for the hearty meal your guide will prepare for you. Majestic mountain scenery surrounds you as you enjoy your evening meal on the banks of the river. After dinner there is still 1 mile of river to float and beautiful scenery to take-in.

All of our food is originally prepared at the resort. Although we're know for our steak dinner on the river, we also have vegetarian option also. Rest assured that although our food is healthy, it is definitely tasty! Our meats are sourced locally, we use organic vegetables whenever possible, and our desserts are homemade.

Make sure to check out the photos of your trip through white water waves of Bonecrusher when you get back to our office!

Group Rates Available:

Trip Duration:

2 - 4 1/2 hours depending on weather & river conditions

River Rating & Rapids:

Class II-IV (Class III-IV in late May to early July; to moderate Class II-III later in the summer) Rapids Include: Tunnel, Bonecrusher, Toilet bowl, Big Squeeze, Screaming Right-hand Turn, Jaws, the Narrows, CBT, & Pump House.

River Miles:

8 river miles

Age Limits:

Ages 5 & up - age is dependent upon weather & river conditions.

Dinner Choices:

Steak, chicken, beef burger or vegetarian




Scenic Floats in Glacier National Park

Great Northern's scenic half day whitewater rafting trips near Glacier National Park in Montana

HALF DAY SCENIC FLOAT

Rafting Times:

10:45 & 2:45
(Resort Check-In Time 15mins Prior to Trip Time)

Available Dates:

May through September

Rates:

Adult - $60.00
Child (12 and Under) - $50.00
Private Boat - $495.00
Private Trip - $616.00 per Boat

(Limit 8 People Per Boat on Private Boat and Private Trip Boat)

Boat prices do not include 7% service fee or gratuity

Highlight your vacation experience on a scenic rafting trip by venturing into a quiet, natural world full of wildlife, such as deer, elk, beaver, herons, ducks, geese, and raptors like osprey and bald eagles.

On this Glacier National Park tour your experienced, friendly guide will share the colorful heritage of our early settlers and the history of Glacier National Park and of the Flathead River on your scenic river float.

This scenic rafting trip is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the Flathead River and Glacier National Park and is a favorite for families with small children or senior citizens. This float starts right in West Glacier. From there we float a mild stretch of water, perfect for swimming, bird watching, or just relaxing.

Trip Duration:

2 to 3 1/2 hours depending on the river level.

River Miles:

6.5 river miles

Age Limits:

Ages 3 and up depending upon weather & river conditions.




Great Northern's scenic half day dinner whitewater rafting trips near Glacier National Park in Montana

HALF DAY SCENIC WITH DINNER

Rafting Times:

2:45pm (Resort Check-In Time 15mins Prior to Trip Time)

Available Dates:

June 6th through Sept 8th

Rates:

Adult- $83.00
Child (12 and Under) - $68.00
Private Boat - $675.00
Private Trip - $825.00 per Boat

(8 People per Boat on Private Trip and Private Boat)

Boat prices do not include 7% service fee or gratuity

Experience the beauty of Montana on our Scenic Dinner River Trip as you float along the boarder of Glacier National Park. Enjoy stunning scenery and a gourmet riverside meal prepared by your guide on a beautiful and relaxing section of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

Meals with Great Northern Resort are a special treat when out on a river adventure. Your fearless river guide/chef will prepare an amazing meal out of food and supplies that travel down the river with you. All of our food is originally prepared at the resort.  Although we are known for our steak dinners on the river we also have a vegetarian option also. Rest assured that although our food is healthy, it is definitely tasty! Our meats are sourced locally, we use organic vegetables whenever possible straight and our desserts are homemade.

This scenic rafting trip begins with a gorgeous scenic float along the boundary of Glacier National Park. Along the way, your guide will prepare the perfect spot to enjoy good food while appreciating Glacier National Park, riverside. Dinner selections are steak, chicken, beef burger or vegetarian. Accompanying your dinner choice is an appetizer, a selection of fresh salads and a dessert. Make sure to tell the reservation staff which option you prefer.

Trip Duration:

3 -4 hours depending on the river level.

River Miles:

6.5 river miles

Age Limits:

Ages 3 and up depending upon weather & river conditions

Dinner Choices:

Steak, chicken, beef burger or vegetarian




Thrillseeker Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting

Great Northern's half day funyak inflatable kayak whitewater rafting trips near Glacier National Park in Montana

HALF DAY 1 & 2 PERSON FUNYAKS

MORE RAFTING TRIP OPTIONS

Rafting Times:

10:15, 11:15, 2:15pm, 3:15pm
(Resort Check-In Time 15mins Prior to Trip Time)

Available Dates:

Mid June to late September

Rates:

Half Day - $69.00/person

Price does not include 7% service fee or gratuity.

This is one of the most exciting trips on the river, and designed for the more adventurous paddler! Brave the white water rapids in a single or double inflatable kayak. The waves are much bigger when you are sitting at water level!

The white water trip starts with a short ride to Mocassin Creek, eight miles upstream of West Glacier. (The west entrance to Glacier National Park) From there, your guide will instruct you on river safety and proper paddling technique as you paddle your way to the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. There are about four miles of calm water for you to perfect your technique and learn to paddle together if you are in a double. Along the way there are incredible views into Glacier National Park's dramatic terrain.

Once you get to John Stevens Canyon the river picks up speed and your adventure really begins. You'll need all of that practice from upstream to take on the white water. With rapids like Bonecrusher, Jaws and the Notch (to name a few) you are sure to have an exciting time.

Once you see the Old Bridge, (The original route in to Glacier National Park) you are nearly there. There's about a mile left to the take out, followed by a short ride back to the Great Northern Resort where the Railway Cafe is sure to be cooking and the ice cream is nice and cold on a hot summer's day. Make sure to check out the photos of your trip through white water waves of Bonecrusher in our main office!

Wet suits and booties are included.

Trip Duration:

2-2 1/2 hours in May - Mid June to 4 hours by late August- early September

River Rating & Rapids:

This white water rafting trip offers a whitewater adventure in Class III-IV in Late May - Early July; to moderate Class II-III later in the summer.  Rapids Include: Tunnel, Bonecrusher, Toilet Boil, The Big Squeeze, Screaming Right-Hand Turn, Jaws, The Narrows, CBT and Pumphouse.

River Miles:

8 river miles

Age Limits:

12 and up depending upon weather & river conditions




Great Northern's full day sport raft whitewater rafting trips near Glacier National Park in Montana

HALF DAY THRILLSEEKER SPORT RAFT

Rafting Times:

10:15, 11:15, 2:15pm, 3:15pm
(Resort Check-In Time 15mins Prior to Trip Time)

Available Dates:

May to late September

Rates:

Half Day - $87.00/person

Private Boat - $520 (Max 6 guests)

Price does not include 7% service fee or gratuity.

This rafting trip is for the daring paddler that wants a smaller boat and crew to make for a wilder white water rafting experience!

The white water rafting trip starts with a short ride to Mocassin Creek, eight miles upstream of West Glacier. (the west entrance to Glacier National Park) From there, your guide will instruct you on river safety and proper paddling technique as you paddle your way to the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. There are about four miles of calm water for you to perfect your technique.  Along the way there are incredible views into Glacier National Park's dramatic terrain.

Once you get to John Stevens Canyon the river picks up speed and your white water rafting adventure really begins. You'll need all of that practice from upstream to take on the white water. With rapids like Bonecrusher, Jaws and the Notch (to name a few) you are sure to have an exciting time.

Once you see the Old Bridge, (The original route in to Glacier National Park) you are nearly there. There's about a mile left to the take out, followed by a short ride back to the Great Northern Resort where the Railway Cafe is sure to be cooking and the frozen yogurt is nice and cold on a hot summer's day. Make sure to check out the photos of your run through Bonecrusher in our main Chalet!

Trip Duration:

2-2 1/2 hours in May - Mid June; 4 hours by late August- early September

River Rating & Rapids:

This river rafting trip offers a white water adventure in Class III-IV in Late May - Early July; to moderate Class II-III later in the summer.   Rapids Include: Tunnel, Bonecrusher, Toilet Boil, The Big Squeeze, Screaming Right-Hand Turn, Jaws, The Narrows, CBT and Pumphouse.

River Miles:

8 river miles

Age Limits:

12 and up depending upon weather & river conditions




Glacier National Park Fly Fishing and Breakfast Trips

Great Northern's premier guided half day fly fishing trips near Glacier National Park in Montana

HALF DAY FLY FISHING

Rafting Times:

8:30 am, 1:30 pm
(Resort Check-In Time 15mins Prior to Trip Time)

Rates:

Late June through October

Rates:

1 or 2 people $397.00

Price does not include fishing license, 7% service fee or gratuity.

The Half Day Montana Fly-Fishing Trip is perfect for those desiring a quality Montana fly-fishing experience in a limited amount of time.

All fly fishing trips require the purchase of a Montana fishing license.

We fish the Flathead River along Glacier Park's southern border, on classic cutthroat waters with gorgeous scenery. Equipment is provided.

Trip Duration:

4 hours

River Miles:

4 - 6 miles

Age Limits:

Age 6+ depending upon weather & river conditions

Fishing License:

This can be purchased at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website or West Glacier Mercantile (located just inside the village of West Glacier)

 




Great Northern's half day breakfast whitewater rafting trips near Glacier National Park in Montana

HALF DAY WHITE WATER RAFTING WITH MORNING BREAKFAST

Rafting Times:

8:00 am
(Resort Check-In Time 15mins Prior to Trip Time)

Available Dates:

Late June through September

Rates:

$76.00/Adult
$66.00/Youth
Price does not include 7% service fee or gratuity.

Meals with Great Northern Resort are a special treat when out on a river adventure.  Enjoy the river before the day gets going and busy.  This is a great option for those that want to get an early start to the day, see the river and then get into the park to do some hiking.
You will see the beautiful backcountry scenery, brave primarily class II and III rapids and enjoy a continental breakfast by the river.
* For this adventure, we start by meeting at the Great Northern Resort at 8am.

Our White Water Breakfast Trip begins at Moccasin Creek where your guide to instruct you on boat safety and proper paddling technique as you paddle your way down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Once you enter the John Stevens Canyon you'll be ready for the exciting rapids ahead. After you've made your way through most of the rapids you will have worked up an appetite and will be ready for the breakfast that your guide will prepare for you. Majestic Glacier National Park mountain scenery surrounds you as you enjoy your early morning meal on the banks of the river. After breakfast there is still 1 mile of river to float and beautiful scenery to take-in.  A trip not to be missed!!

Trip Duration:

3-5 hours

River Miles:

8 river miles

Age Limits:

5 and up depending upon weather & river conditions

 




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