Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: April 17th, 2013 by kali

Fly into Savings!

alaska airlines

Receive 20% Off Flights to Kalispell!

Glacier Raft Company is pleased to announce a special offer for travelers using Alaska Airlines on their next summer trip to Montana.

Fly Alaska Airlines to Kalispell, the gateway to Glacier National Park, and save 20% off any available fare. Simply enter EC6086 in the discount code at AlaskaAir.com.

Travel is valid May 1 – June 20, 2013 on Monday-Thursday and Saturday. Hurry, travel must be booked by May 6, 2013! Other terms and restrictions apply. See site for details.

Visit Glacier on Alaska Air and Receive Two for One Rafting!

Mention that you’re traveling with Alaska when you book a trip with us, present your boarding pass upon check-in, and you’ll receive Two Half-Day Whitewater Raft Trips for the Price of One!

For further details on this great offer please visit our Specials and Promotions page.

Posted: April 16th, 2013 by kali

Spring can be a magical time of year in Glacier National Park.  There are no crowds and the scenery is amazing.  Check out our list of things to do in and around Glacier during the spring.

Bike Camas Road.

camas-road-glacier-park

Plow crews cleared Camas Road which runs parallel to the Inside North Fork Road and is fully paved.  This time of year the traffic is minimal which makes biking the road a great option.  You will pass Huckleberry Mountain and see great views of the park’s mountains through the Roberts Fire burn.  Camas road eventually leads to the North Fork Road where your journey can lead you either south to Columbia Falls or north to Polebridge.

Check out Polebridge.

polebridge-mercantile

Polebridge is the only little town that can be found anywhere up the North Fork Road.  On your way up there look off to your right every once and a while and see some amazing views of the most northern mountains in the park and the beautiful waters of the North Fork of the Flathead River.  Once you make it to Polebridge, be sure to check out some of the delicious baked goods of the Mercantile which opens April 26th this year and can be visited 7 days a week from 8am – 6pm.

Drive to Lake McDonald Lodge and Bike Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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The park has cleared the road from Lake McDonald for hiker and biker access.  During the week, Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for hiker/biker access to the Avalanche parking lot.  During the weekend there are no hiker/biker restrictions on the Road.  Get out there and experience Glacier on your bike with no view restrictions and no traffic!

Drive to the St. Mary entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to Rising Sun Motor Inn on the East side of the park, about 5.5 miles.  Take Highway 2 to Browning and head north on 89 which will take you all the way to St. Mary.  From West Glacier this drive should take about 2 hours and offers plenty of sightseeing on a  sunny day!  Once you reach Rising Sun you can park your car and walk Going-to-the-Sun Road to Wild Goose Island.  It is a quick half mile walk on the road but still has a little snow cover so be sure to wear your boots and bring your bear spray.  Here is driving directions on Google -  http://goo.gl/maps/Y6YfH 

Take a Fly Fishing Clinic.

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Need to spruce up your cast or just want to learn?  Come join us at the Glacier Outdoor Center for a casting clinic.  We have fully stocked ponds that are ready to fish.  This time of year we are all thinking about fly fishing and can’t wait to get back into it.  Currently the rivers are blown out, but our ponds are ready to rock.  A one hour clinic, for 2 people is just $45.

Hike.

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Keep an eye on Glacier’s Trail Status Report for openings.  Clearing of trails will start around the 1st of May so stay tuned to http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm  for updates.

Raft.

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Spring is a great time to catch the spring snow runoff on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Some of the rapids may be a little washed out but others are class III+.  Our half day whitewater trip is only $55.64 per person and lasts about 2 hours in the spring.  We have wetsuits and neoprene booties to keep you warm on the river.

Posted: April 8th, 2013 by kali

We’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming summer and want to share our excitement with you. Every week until our season starts, we’ll share one of our river trips with you. So be sure to tune into our blog each week to find out about each of our trips and find the perfect one for you and your friends or family!

Our seventh trip is our Thrillseekers:

Want to raise your pulse rate? Venture out on one of our Thrillseeker whitewater trips. We have sport rafts (4-6 people) and inflatable kayaks (1-2 people) that make the rapids a heart-pounding experience. These high adrenaline half and full-day trips are for ages 13 and up and offered in July and August only. Have no fear, get in gear!

Half and Full Day Inflatable Kayaks

Whether as a solo adventurer or with the expedition partner of your choice, individual or tandem Inflatable Kayaks are a great way to get up close and personal with some Montana whitewater. These intrepid craft can be added to any of our whitewater trips on which you’ll be assigned a raft and experienced guide to follow. Helmets, wetsuits, and neoprene booties are included.

Inflatable Kayaks are available for 1 or 2 people.

Inflatable Kayaks depart at 10:00(full day and half day), 11:00, noon, 1:30, 2:30, and 4:00. Reservations are required and subject to availability.

Check-in at Glacier Raft Company in the Village of West Glacier ½ hour prior to trip departure. The trip ends at the bridge in West Glacier where you will regain your land legs during a short walk back to our office, your car, dry clothes, and a chance to purchase trip photos and souvenirs!

Trip Length: Half Day – 2 ½ hours in early July to…4 hours by late August
Full Day –  5 hours in early June to…6 hours by late August
Departure Dates: Daily, July & August
River Rating: II-III (Class II-III in early July, when the whitewater is at its peak; by August the rapids have moderated to fun-filled Class II).
River Miles: Half Day – 8 miles
Full Day – 15 miles
Recognized Rapids: 9 rapids
Age Limit: 16, or 12 if accompanied by an adult in a double IK (dependent on weather and water conditions)
Rates: Half Day – $63/person*
Full Day – $95/person**prices do not include 7% service fee

Full and Half Day Sport Rafts

If your goal is to go bigger, go smaller! Our 14’ Sport Rafts are the perfect option for adventurers in search of a little extra excitement. These smaller boats are built for sportier lines and more technical paddling maneuvers, allowing you to make the most of every rapid.

Sport Rafts depart at 10:00(Full Day and Half Day), 11:00, noon, 1:30, 2:30, and 4:00. Minimum of 4, Max 6. Reservations are required and subject to availability.

Check-in at Glacier Raft Company in the Village of West Glacier 1/2 hour prior to trip departure. The trip ends at the bridge in West Glacier where you will regain your land legs during a short walk back to our office, your car, dry clothes, and a chance to purchase trip photos and souvenirs!

Trip Length: Half Day – 2 ½ hours in early July to…4 hours by late August
Full Day –  5 hours in early June to…6 hours by late August
Departure Dates: Daily, July & August
River Rating: II-III (Class III-IV in June and early July, when the whitewater is at its peak; by August the rapids have moderated to fun-filled Class II).
River Miles: Half Day – 8 miles
Full Day – 15 miles
Recognized Rapids: 9 rapids
Age Limit: 13 and above
(dependent on weather and water conditions)
Rates: Half Day – $75/person*
Full Day – $120**prices do not include 7% service fee

Posted: March 28th, 2013 by kali

Glacier Park Rafting

NO FOOLIN’ — 50% OFF DAILY RAFTING

50% off Sale April 1 ONLY! On Monday, April 1 only, book any half day or full day rafting trip and receive a 50% discount off our regular rates. Join Glacier Raft Company on our most popular trips on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River bordering Glacier National Park. All half day,full day and scenic float trips booked for the 2013 season are offered at a 50% discount for ONE DAY ONLY!

It’s our way of saying Thank You for making Glacier Raft Company your #1 choice for family fun since 1976!

You can book your trip online 24 hours a day, or call us at 800-235-6781 and we’ll be happy to take your reservation over the phone 8am to 5pm.

To book your trip:

Book online any time on April 1 and use Promo Code: Fool.

- Call 800-235-6781 to book over the phone.

- If, after booking your trip, your travel dates need to change, you may reschedule your trip for another date during the 2013 rafting season at no extra charge.

- Discount applies to half day, full day, dinner trips, inflatable kayaks and sport rafts.

- Not valid for Ride & Raft or Cast & Raft.

- May not be combined with any other offers or promotions.

- Payment is due in full at time of booking.

- 24 hour in advance cancellation policy still applies.

We’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming summer and want to share our excitement with you. Every week until our season starts, we’ll share one of our river trips with you. So be sure to tune into our blog each week to find out about each of our trips and find the perfect one for you and your friends or family!

Our sixth trip is a Half Day Whitewater with Riverside Dinner:

whitewater with riverside dinner

A Backyard Barbecue as Mother Nature Intended

Imagine your perfect summer afternoon … Would it include healthy doses of fresh mountain air mixed with boatloads of belly laughs? Would it include an invigorating swim in one of the cleanest rivers in the world? How about some good ol’ fashioned whitewater-fueled adrenaline thrown in for good measure? Then, when you’ve worked up an appetite worthy of this epic day, throw in an impeccable river-side barbecue dinner. If that sounds like your perfect day, then this is your perfect trip.

We’ll pull up along the river at our private dinner site and you can put on dry clothes while our guides prepare a sumptuous meal of sirloin steak (6 oz.), salad, veggies, dessert and beverage. With advance notice, you can substitute a chicken breast or garden burger. Hope you’re hungry!

Make your river trip more thrilling by choosing an inflatable kayak or sport raft.  When booking, ask us for more details!

Half Day Trip With Riverside Dinner Departs at 2:30pm daily. Reservations are required and subject to availability.

Check-in at Glacier Raft Company in the Village of West Glacier ½ hour prior to trip departure. When the dinner is over, we’ll shuttle you back to our office, your car, and a chance to purchase trip photos and souvenirs!

Trip Length: 2 hours in early June to…
4 hours by late August
Departure Dates: Daily, June 15 – August 15
River Rating: II-IV (Class III-IV in June and early July, when the whitewater is at its peak; by late July the rapids have moderated to fun-filled Class II-III).
River Miles: 8 miles
Recognized Rapids: 9 rapids
Age Limit: 8-10 in early June, 6 in July, 4-5 by mid-August
(dependent on weather and water conditions)
Rates: Adult : $69*
Youth (12 & under): $53*
*prices do not include 7% service fee

Posted: March 11th, 2013 by kali

We’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming summer and want to share our excitement with you. Every week until our season starts, we’ll share one of our river trips with you. So be sure to tune into our blog each week to find out about each of our trips and find the perfect one for you and your friends or family!

Our third trip is the Ride and Raft:

ride and raft, saddle and paddle

These trips exemplify the Montana experience!  Blend the rugged beauty of a horseback trip just outside of Glacier National Park with a pristine river trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River for the perfect adventure.
This trip departs at 8:30am (check in no later than 7:45am) for the horseback ride and 1:30pm for a whitewater or 2:00pm for a scenic float OR the trip departs at 10am for a whitewater or scenic float and 3:30pm (check in no later than 2:45pm) for the horseback ride. Horseback portion of the trip departs from Swan Mountain Outfitters corral in West Glacier (based on availability) just outside the west entrance to Glacier National Park. Check in 45 minutes prior to trip departure.
Lunch on your own between trips.
Rafting portion of the trip departs from Glacier Raft Company in the Village of West Glacier. Check in 30 minutes prior to trip departure. The trip ends at the bridge in West Glacier where you will regain your land legs during a short walk back to our office, your car, dry clothes, and a chance to purchase trip photos and souvenirs!

Trip Length: Horseback ride 3 hours (including pre-trip orientation)
Raft ride approx 3 hours (whitewater or scenic option)
Departure Dates: Late May through mid-September
River Rating: II-III (Class III-IV in June and early July, when the whitewater is at its peak; by late July the rapids have moderated to fun-filled Class II-III).
River Miles: 8 miles
Recognized Rapids: 9 rapids
Age Limit: Horseback Ride: 7+
Rafting: 8-10 in early June, 6 in July, 4-5 by mid-August
(dependent on weather and water conditions)
Weight Limit:Rates: 250 pounds for horseback ride
Adult: $105*
Youth(12 & under): $95*
prices do not include 7% service fee
Lunch not included

What to bring:
Water
Sunglasses
Wear sunscreen and bug spray
Inhalers, EpiPen, etc.
Camera (for pictures before the ride)
Dress in layers (including rain gear)
Note: pommel bags big enough for a water bottle are provided

Limitations and Restrictions:
No children under the age of 7
No riders under 48″ tall
No riders over 250 lbs
Riders must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. No sandals!
NO cameras (digital, video or any other kind) may be used while riding, cell phones, backpacks, fanny packs, weapons, bear spray, alcohol, smoking

Posted: March 7th, 2013 by kali

glacier outdoor center open

That’s right!  Glacier Outdoor Center has opened its doors for the season.

apparel section

Come in and check out our deals on last year’s apparel and fishing supplies!  New gear is arriving daily starting April 1 so be sure to come in for the latest gear and apparel. Stop in to get the latest area fishing updates and check out our large selection of flies.

fly fishing section

Open 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm.

Posted: March 4th, 2013 by kali

We’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming summer and want to share our excitement with you. Every week until our season starts, we’ll share one of our river trips with you. So be sure to tune into our blog each week to find out about each of our trips and find the perfect one for you and your friends or family!

Our third trip is Great Bear Wilderness Whitewater Rafting:

If the idea of paddling through rapids and camping in beautiful backcountry makes your heart beat faster, then do we ever have a trip for you! Join us on a Great Bear Wilderness adventure this summer. You’ll see magnificent scenery, dine on gourmet meals, and enjoy sitting around a campfire under a blanket of twinkling stars.

The Great Bear Wilderness Area was established as a corridor linking the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park. Together, these two remote parts of Northwest Montana form the largest tract of wilderness lands in the lower contiguous United States. Flowing through the heart of this rugged and awe-inspiring landscape, the Upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River carves its way through glacial valleys and lush forests. This upper section of the river is one of the most protected and pristine waterways in the United States. We are proud to be the only Montana outfitter permitted to operate float trips on this portion of the Upper Middle Fork.

What to expect

Until the winter snowpack clears (usually around July 10th), we fly in by commuter plane. We take you on a panoramic flight over the wilderness and then land at Schafer Meadows, a remote airstrip along the headwaters of the Flathead River. As the days heat up and the river recedes near the headwaters, we access the Great Bear Wilderness at a point where it is navigable via an easy trail. This scenic 2-hour hike takes you through the gorgeous Granite Creek Valley. If you prefer not to hike in, we can arrange to have a horse take you in for an additional fee.

The next 3½ days are spent paddle rafting and camping along the Upper Middle Fork. You’ll experience exciting whitewater and terrific fishing. The rapids of “Spruce Park Gorge”, “Lunch Creek” and “25-Mile Creek” make this a real adventure.  The whitewater here is still exciting though more moderate and technical. We use smaller rafts with everyone paddling.

Wildlife, wildflowers, wild everything  

The Upper Middle Fork has a bounty of native Westslope cutthroat trout as do the high mountain lakes in this area. Wildlife is all around you here. You may see mountain goats perched precariously on rock cliffs, bald eagles soaring overhead, a mother deer and her fawn drinking from a stream, and blooming wildflowers in meadows along the river.

Please keep in mind this is mainly a river rafting trip and not a fishing trip, although there are opportunities to fish in camp and during lunch stops. If you’re interested in an exclusive fishing trip, we can customize the trip for your group. We’ll focus on what your interests are – whether it be rafting, fishing, hiking, or exploring the great natural wonder of the Montana wilderness. Our agenda is subject to change due to trail conditions, weather, water levels and group interests.

Mother Nature is calling

You’ll love the thrill and excitement of the rapids and you’ll appreciate the serenity of the calm stretches of river amid Mother Nature and all her splendor. It should not be forgotten that this is a “wild” river, and as its classification implies it should not be taken lightly. We recommend you be in good physical condition for this trip.

Trip meets at 8:30 am at the Glacier Outdoor Center.  Time varies depending on hike/flight schedule.

Due to the constraints involved with wilderness travel, we ask that you limit your baggage to 40 pounds per person. This trip is limited to adults over 16 years of age only prior to July 1 and 12 years of age after July 1.

Trip Length: 4 days
Departure Dates: Daily, early June through early August
River Rating: Class III-V
River Miles: 22-32 (32 in June high water when access is from Schafer Meadows; 22 later in the season when access is from Granite Creek)
Recognized Rapids Multiple series
Age Limit: 16 in June high water; mature 12 rest of season
(dependent on weather and water conditions)
Rates: Adult & Youth : $1495 *
*prices do not include 7% service fee
License: Montana fishing license is required if fishing and available at Glacier Outdoor Center:
$25.00 for 2-day license (includes required Montana Conservation License and State Lands License).
$15 for additional 2- day license.
$70 for season license

Posted: February 18th, 2013 by kali

We’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming summer and want to share our excitement with you. Every week until our season starts, we’ll share one of our river trips with you. So be sure to tune into our blog each week to find out about each of our trips and find the perfect one for you and your friends or family!

1st up we have our guided Full Day Whitewater Rafting Trip with Riverside Lunch:

Give us a full day and load up on fun. We’ll take you on a 15-mile raft trip down the Middle Fork of the Flathead where parts of “The River Wild” were filmed. You’ll enjoy class II-III whitewater, terrific views and a tasty Montana-style BBQ lunch. Fill up on fun and come back for seconds if you want!

Fill up on fun!

Our full day whitewater trip should be called the “full plate” trip because on this five-six hour adventure you’ll enjoy food for your soul and your stomach. Your day begins with a hearty helping of natural splendor as you take in mouth-watering views of Glacier National Park and wind your way down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

Midway through your journey you’ll stop along the riverbank to enjoy a barbeque lunch of steak, chicken, or veggie burger cooked to order and accompanied by fresh salads and sides. After lunch you’ll be fueled up and ready to tackle the whitewater of John Stevens Canyon. During the whitewater stretch class II-III rapids like Tunnel, Bone Crusher, and Jaws will quench your thirst for adventure and leave you full of memories that will last a lifetime!

This trip departs at 10:00am. Reservations are required.

Check-in at Glacier Raft Company in the Village of West Glacier ½ hour prior to trip departure. The trip ends at the bridge in West Glacier where you will regain your land legs during a short walk back to our office, your car, dry clothes, and a chance to purchase trip photos and souvenirs!

Trip Length: 5 hours in early June to… 6 hours by late August
Departure Dates: Daily, early June – late August (early & late season dates available for groups)
River Rating: II-III (Class II-III in June and early July, when the whitewater is at its peak; by late July the rapids have moderated to fun-filled Class II)
River Miles: 15 miles
Rapids: 9 rapids
Age Limit: 8-10 in early June, 6 in July, 4-5 by mid-August (dependent on weather and water conditions)
Rates: Adult : $89* Youth (12 & under): $65* *prices do not include 7% service fee

 

http://www.glacierraftco.com/trips/full-day-trips/

Posted: January 31st, 2013 by kali

glacier park cabins in june

June can be magical at Glacier National Park. Before the crowds descend on the Park and before tourists and vehicles take over Going-to-the-Sun Road, take some time to embrace our very special corner of Montana. Glacier National Park is open year-round and as our winter snow melts, the Going-to-the-Sun Road slowly uncovers its 52-mile length. Before cars are permitted on the Road, however, it opens to hikers and bikers wanting to explore its alpine reaches, and Avalanche Lake is one of the hiking trails to open early. Whitewater rafting is thrilling as the rivers swell with snowpack melt, and we have all the gear to make your Class II-III trip comfortable. Wildlife reappears after a long winter in hiding and is often seen along the Camas Road and the North Fork Road towards Polebridge, Bowman Lake and Kintla Lake. It’s a great time of year for a horseback ride in the forest looking out on to the snow-capped mountains of the Park. Fishermen wet their flies on the waters of the Two Medicine, and our stocked ponds offer plenty of opportunity to perfect your cast. Nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort offers alpine slides, ziplines, mountain biking, hiking and scenic lift rides. Take advantage of our shoulder season discount through the month of June at Glacier Raft Company’s cabins. Cabin guests receive a 10% discount on all rafting and fishing trips.