Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: January 4th, 2013 by kali

We want to thank each and every one of you for another great year on the river!  We hope 2013 brings new adventures and excitement.  We wanted to share some of our favorite 2012 photos and memories with you all.  Take a moment to reflect on the great memories created with friends and family last year as you embark on a new year.

Getting to spend the summer with this amazing crew!

glacier raft company 2012

Sharing what we love with as many people as possible!

glacier national park raft

Getting a different perspective. 

downtown west glacier

Chasing the rainbow.

glacier park rainbow

New Beginnings.




Falling asleep to this view all summer long.

glacier park sunset

Doing what we love year round.


Reflecting on life in the amazing place!


Loving your job.


Fly Fishing on one of the most pristine rivers.


Passing on our expertise.


Having no words to describe such beauty.


Adding to our amazing crew.

rookie north fork flathead river trip

For first timers.

north fork helicopter ride

And making new friends. 

canadian group

Posted: January 4th, 2013 by kali

All of us at the Glacier Outdoor Center hope you and your family had a Safe and Happy Holiday!

glacier raft company employee photo

Tonight we are  in the Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce Annual Night of Lights Parade. We have a Glacier Outdoor Center float!  This parade brings the local community out to see floats, lights and, of course, Santa Claus.  This year we are going to be handing out candy with coupons attached for local residents to get 50% off a half-day whitewater trip. The kicker is, they have one day (December 12, 2012) to call and schedule a trip for 50% off.

Remember if you get one of our coupons–book your summer adventure on 12/12/12! You can book by calling 1-800-235-6781 –see you there!

Posted: November 30th, 2012 by OM

Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire and now that we’re finally able to stand after the Thanksgiving festivities, we’ve embarked upon our next adventure – cutting down our own Christmas tree.


Now, if you’re new to Montana then you may or may not know the proper steps to go into the forest to cut down a Christmas tree. Lucky for you, Glacier Raft Co. is here to help. Follow these tips for a proper cutting experience.

1. Permits to cut down your own Christmas tree are only $5 – a small price to pay for bragging rights to your very own tree.

2. Families can obtain up to three permits. Permits are required if you want to avoid fines when you’re chopping.

3. Tree cutting is NOT allowed in wilderness or BLM-wilderness study areas. So don’t even go there.

4. When you purchase your permit you will be provided with an info sheet. READ IT! They don’t just write these things for fun.

5. The Forest Service and BLM offices are open weekdays 8:00am – 4:30pm. If you can’t make it here during business hours, you can get your permit from these other locations.

Anaconda: Hardware Hank

Boulder: Ace Hardware Store

Wise River: Wise River Mercantile

Ennis: True Value Hardware

Harrison: Wheat and Thistle

Sheridan: McLeod Mercantile

Butte: Bob Ward and Sons Sporting Goods

Lima: Ralph’s Exxon

For more information contact the Forest Service at (406) 683-3900, or the BLM at (406) 533-7600.

Happy Chopping!


Posted: November 15th, 2012 by kali

Ever been curious about where we store all our gear at the raft co? When you come to hang out with us in the summertime, you see our colorful array of boats, PFDs, coolers, tables and fishing gear but when you’re finished with your trip it all seems to disappear, leaving behind an immaculate campus.

Where does the gear go?  Well, our guides and managers take pride in organization.  There is a place for everything. Trailers go into the proper queue, boats go into the stalls, rafts get cleaned and rolled up in the barn loft, coolers hang happily from the rafters, busses await their winter maintenance and all is good on the western front at  Glacier Raft Co. –see for yourself in the pics below!


Posted: October 31st, 2012 by OM

The Whiteifish Mountain Films is quickly approaching and we couldn’t be more excited about it–we’re going to be raffling off several whitewater trips, so if you want to come rafting with us next summer, here’s another chance to do it for one dollar!

Whitefish Mountain Films

On Saturday, November 10th, Bluebird Guides will come together with Outside Media to present the 2012 Whitefish Mountain Films. Doors open at 5:00 pm at the O’shaugnessy Center for a full night of adventure films and fun. Entrance is just a $5 donation and everyone is welcome. Raffle prizes including skis, outerwear, ski trips and dinners at local restaurants will be distributed throughout the night. Cost of entry is a $5 donation. All raffle proceeds benefit the Whitefish Mountain Trail.



Posted: October 3rd, 2012 by kali

October 3rd graced us with a heavy dusting of snow in the higher elevations.

On the drive to work Teakettle Mountain was covered with snow.  You know it’s going to be a good day when this mountain has fresh snow on it!

teakettle mountain snow

Driving into West Glacier all the surrounding mountains had quite a bit of snow.  Apgar Mountain in Glacier National Park was something spectacular this morning.

apgar mountain glacier park october snow

There are still a few clouds over the mountains in Glacier National Park but hopefully they will clear up later today so we can get a spectacular show from mother nature!

glacier national park october snow


Posted: October 3rd, 2012 by kali

glacier outdoor center

Glacier Outdoor Center will be closing its doors for the winter this upcoming weekend, October 6th and 7th.  Don’t fret–we will reopen the doors in the Spring of 2013.

This weekend come check out deals on The North Face, OR, Simms, Redington, Winston, Orvis & AIRE. We will have other items that will be specially marked throughout the store.

Glacier Outdoor Center will be open everyday 9 AM to 5 PM until October 7th.

Reservations will be open through the winter Monday – Friday 9-5.

Glacier Outdoor Center Cabins will still be open through the end of October with great low season pricing!

This is an excellent time to get your holiday shopping out of the way.  We have something for everyone.  From fly fishing gift packs, pocket knives, camping pads, fleece layers, shoes and lifejackets, we have the perfect gift that will make you the hero.  And, you can give the gift of rafting by buying a gift certificate!

12400 Hwy 2 E, West Glacier • 406-888-5454 •

Posted: September 4th, 2012 by kali

This weekend, Glacier Anglers will host Northwest Montana’s 2nd annual Casting for Recovery retreat! The retreat is for Montana women in various stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery. Glacier Anglers will teach them how to fly fish, they will get to relax in nature and be with others who understand their experiences.

The Casting for Recovery Montana Glacier Country included the opportunity for participants to meet psychosocial counselors, fly fishing instructors, and volunteers from the community who trained to be part of the Casting For Recovery program.

Sometimes there’s no better therapy than being out on the river, casting a line and taking in the gorgeous scenery of the Flathead Valley.

Other Casting for Recovery retreats are held throughout the country–so if you don’t live here, you can find one in your area.

We are so excited to have this group back again this year–should be a great weekend!

Posted: August 23rd, 2012 by kali

fall in the flathead

With cooler mornings and shorter days, we can already tell that fall is in the air. This is one of our favorite times of the year in Glacier Country. There’s great wildlife viewing, diminishing crowds and more time to enjoy the natural beauty all around for us locals! It’s a great time to see Glacier National Park before it gets ready for winter. So, to ring in fall to all visitors coming here for the same reasons listed above, our beautiful log cabins are discounted 30% starting August 26! This is a great time of year to still go rafting and fishing with Glacier Anglers. Plan to join us!