Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Spring is rearing its beautiful head and Glacier Outdoor Center is celebrating! Coming up in June, Glacier Anglers is hosting Festival of the Fly, a series of fishing events including the Fun on the Fly! Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp, the Cast Off 2012 casting competition, and Glacier Anglers Demo Days.

Fun on the Fly! Youth Fishing Day Camp will be on June 9th and June 30th, 2012. From 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. kids are encouraged to come and learn the basics of casting, knots, fly selection and entomology. Equipment will be provided for attendees to use in our private ponds.  Discounted rafting will be available for adults for $32 while kids are at the camp. Lunch will be provided and all youth ages 6-16 are welcome!

Cast Off 2012 will be Saturday June 16th, 2012 featuring clinics by certified casting instructors and Glacier Anglers pro staff. Industry experts and product reps will provide product demos and presentations throughout the day. GOC will host casting competitions for all ages and ability levels with great prizes and raffles. Films from the Fly Fishing Film Tour will be showing throughout the day at the Bear’s Den on Glacier Outdoor Center campus.

During Demo Days on June 30 and July 1, attendees can check out the latest boats from Aire and Outcast. Fly fishing rod, reel and line demos will be provided by R.L. Winston, Sage, Redington and Rio & Simms. Oh, and there’s a free BBQ–we’ll be grilling up burgers and dogs!

For more info please contact The Glacier Outdoor Center at (406) 888 5454.

Posted: April 25th, 2012 by OM

Glacier National Park started National Park Week the best possible way– with blue skies! Check out the Glacier National Park Webcams to see what you are missing and hopefully motivate you to come join us in Glacier Park. On your way, be sure to stop by the Glacier Outdoor Center to stock up on sunscreen, outdoor gear or just come in to talk “shop” with our new fly shop manager, John.

Lake McDonald Webcam Glacier National Park

Here are a few photos from the sunny last weekend in the park.

Camas Road Glacier National Park Earth Day

Lake McDonald National Park Week

Posted: April 17th, 2012 by OM

National Park Week is a great time to get out and enjoy our Parks for free!  Glacier National Park, and ALL 397 National Parks in the USA will be offering free admission April 21 – 29.  This is a great time to get the family outdoors and enjoy our crown jewel.  Glacier National Park is expecting a great turnout so make sure you get out here early and often next week!  Here is a fun video the National Park Service made to help you “picture yourself in a National Park.”

Glacier National Park fee free week April 21-29


Posted: April 13th, 2012 by OM

The weatherman has been calling for rain and snow showers, but it’s sunny up here in West Glacier Montana!

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Posted: April 10th, 2012 by OM

Fly into Savings!

Alaska Airlines Horizon Air

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 EC5023 in the discount code at

Travel is valid May 1 – June 9, 2012 on Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday. Hurry, travel must be booked by April 22, 2012! 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.

Word on the street is that population growth around national parks across America is skyrocketing. According to a study conducted by Montana State University published in National Parks Traveler, ”Development and population density around units of the National Park System greatly outpaces that occurring around other parts of the country.”
However, as per usual, Montana is refusing to follow suit. Despite being home to some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, Glacier National Park remains “one of the most pristine and untouched parks in the nation,” says Kalispell news source KAJ18.
Our very own Sally Thompson, co-owner of the Glacier Outdoor Center and Glacier Raft Company was quoted confirming the residents of Glacier National Park are set on protecting the park and keeping it as untamed as it always has been.
Check out Sally, along with some great footage of a little place we like to call home.

Posted: March 12th, 2012 by OM

Make sure you check out this awesome Giveaway by Western Montana’s Glacier Country.  One of the many prizes is a Half Day Whitewater for 2 with Glacier Raft Company.  Who wouldn’t want to win a trip to the beautiful Glacier National Park!

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Posted: March 4th, 2012 by OM

We always love to read stories about how Glacier National Park inspires people. This piece in our local paper – the Flathead Beacon – is a great one about Andy Zimet and his quest to climb every 10,000 foot peak in the giant Glacier Park.
From the article:
“Between 1991 and 2009, Zimet skied five of Glacier’s 10,000-foot mountains. More often than not, this required long hikes, steep climbs and even traversing lakes and rivers. Yet one peak eluded him: Mount Kintla. But like old legend suggests, he couldn’t escape.”

from Flathead Beacon - Courtesy Andy Zimet

There’s nothing like Glacier to inspire someone to come back again and again. Last year, Zimet finally completed his quest:
“After a long hike, camping out at the base and then climbing at dawn, he was finally about to finish his “project” the way he wanted. For 45 minutes, he sat at the top and took it all in. Then, when the moment was right, he put on his skies and headed down.”

What’s your Glacier National Park inspiration?

Posted: February 28th, 2012 by OM

Ever wonder what West Glacier, Montana looks like before the spring crowds start coming?  Here are a few shot of “downtown” West Glacer.

This is our downtown office , what we fondly refer to as “your Montana Vacation Trailhead” where all daily whitewater raft trips check in!  We cover up the sign to protect it against the winter weather.

West Glacier office in winter

This is looking into the village of West Glacier from the bridge over the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Looks like a winter wonderland to me!

This is the West Enterance to Glacier National Park. Lots of new snow over the weekend make the sign barely visable.

Posted: February 17th, 2012 by OM

These photos are of the efforts we take to maintain a healthy environment for our fish ponds in the winter time.

Aerators in the ponds keep providing the oxygen in the water and maintain open pools allowing natural light in.

When the ponds freeze we have to open them up for the air to escape creating the glacier mini “geysers”- quite confusing to the dog….