Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: August 13th, 2012 by kali

overnight rafting camp

We have always taken pride in showing our guests a good time. In fact we have built our business on the reputation of top notch trips. Recently we had the pleasure of showing  Matt, of the Vancouver Sun, the benefits on an overnight trip with Glacier Raft Company.  Click the link below to read more about Matt’s trip-

Two Nation Vacation Offers Great Summer Adventure

If you are looking to experience a getaway of a  lifetime for yourself or family, book a trip today! We are still booking trips for our 2012 season and we are also taking reservations for 2013! Call 406-888-5454

Our overnight trips encompass the best service in the area. We will include all the gear and food you could ever need while experiencing the Montana wilderness.  No need to pack your suitcase full of gear, we will provide sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, camp chairs and some of the best food you have ever had.

See you on the river!


Posted: August 9th, 2012 by kali

Here at Glacier Outdoor Center  we love to have a good time in the great outdoors year round, but we’ve got to admit– we’re especially big fans of summer. It has been an awesome season on the water, and it’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through August. Those school bells will be ringing before you know it … so make sure you get out and enjoy these last few fabulous weeks of summer!  (Of course, September is INCREDIBLE around here too!)

glacier park rafting

Not quite sure how to fill these lazy late-August days? No problem — that’s where we come in.

Glacier Raft Company offers just about every kind of raft trip available, including half, full and multi-day trips. You can venture out on a self-guided trip or let us do the navigating on one of our many guided trips. Looking to incorporate a little fishing along the way? We’ve got a trip for that. Need a trip that can accommodate the whole family? We’ve got that too.

And no matter which trip you choose, know that you don’t need to be a whitewater pro to go — our professionally trained guides will make sure your adventure is safe, stress free and an absolute blast.

Summer goes by fast — join us on the river and enjoy it while it lasts!

Posted: July 24th, 2012 by kali

We teamed up with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation this past weekend.  After all of their hard work on weed eradication, trail work and maintenance in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, this volunteer crew got to float out of the wilderness on the Upper Middle Fork of the Flathead courtesy of Glacier Raft Company.  We are proud to support the BMWF and their important efforts, and this trip is something we’re honored to do year after year.

bob marshall wilderness foundation

bob marshall wilderness foundation float 2012

Thank you for a great trip! And we look forward to working with you guys in the future!

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Posted: July 17th, 2012 by kali

glacier park boat rentals

We all love our own gear, but sometimes theres a reason to get out and explore when you’re away from home.  Or maybe you live in Glacier Country but forgot a much needed piece of equipment.  No matter the reason, we have it right here at the Glacier Outdoor Center.  Located just outside West Glacier, this is your headquarters for gear, gear gear!  Don’t miss out on all the adventures Glacier has to offer!

glacier national park boat rentals

There’s no need to pack an extra suitcase full of camping equipment when you come to Glacier.  Just head to Glacier Outdoor Center for all your Glacier National Park hiking, backpacking and camping needs. Whether you’re doing a one day or multi day trek, we have the tools to suit your needs. Renting here means more room for souvenirs to take back home. Check out all the rental gear we offer and give us a call to reserve it so you have no worries during your visit.


trip advisor certificate of excellence 

We’re so excited to receive a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award! The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Glacier Raft Company is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Sally Thompson, Co-Owner of Glacier Raft Company. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”


Posted: July 9th, 2012 by OM

The Boat House is our 3,000 square-foot showroom dedicated to whitewater craft. Featured are rafts, inflatable kayaks, and fully rigged outfits. Stop in for a look at the latest watercraft products from Aire, Tributary, Stohlquist, Kokatat, Northwest River Supply, Werner, Sawyer, Cataract and other outdoor leaders.  It’s one stop shopping to buy or rent boats for the Flathead Rivers bordering Glacier National Park. Shuttles and information are available to help run private trips. Used river gear is also available to purchase…including wet suits, booties and life jackets. Our staff of professionals can help with all your questions about the rivers, lakes and hiking in Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest.

glacier park boat house


glacier raft co boat house

Posted: July 7th, 2012 by kali

We love the 4th of July and celebrating our freedom.  The weather finally held up and graced us with sun all day long.

We like to start our morning off with lawn calisthenics…stretching out those muscles and warming up our arms!

whitewater rafting exercises

Following calisthenics, guests sang the national anthem while the flag was rolled out.  It was a site to see!

Once everyone was warmed up and ready to rock they hit the river.  And we can’t raft on the 4th of July without an American Flag!

american flag whitewater rafting

whitewater rafting

To finish off a great day folks watched fireworks though out the Flathead Valley.

whitefish fireworks


Posted: June 4th, 2012 by OM

Northern Montana and Pac Northwest Enjoy Above Average Snowpack While Much of the West Braces for Record Drought

By Ryan Thompson

glacier national park

Photo courtesy of Glacier National Park

It’s no secret that Mother Nature is a fickle mistress.  Analogies for indecisiveness are born from her seasonal whims and even those that know her best can only guess at her long-term plans.  The Rocky Mountain West considers her more than an acquaintance, but in 2012 the region is still very much at the mercy of her idiosyncratic urges.

This spring, ol’ Ma Nature seems to be turning a particularly fond gaze toward the Northwest, the Treasure State in particular, while leaving much of the Rocky Mountain region in a very unenviable state of drought. The mountainous regions of Northern Washington, Idaho and Montana received a healthy, average winter snowpack in 2012 while many areas of the West experienced one of the slimmest winters on record.  According to the Snow – Precipitation Update provided by the US Natural Resource Conservation Service, the snowpack totals in the Flathead and Kootenai drainages in northwest Montana are still above 100% of average snow water equivalent while many major drainages in Colorado and Utah are down in the single digits.

If river-based recreation is part of your summer travel plan you may want to chart a course to Glacier National Park and its’ surrounding rivers.  “The impending summer season looks to be a good one for local outfitters, our snowpack is still a bit above normal.  Combine that with the healthy groundwater levels we have left from heavy precipitation last year and we’re looking at solid water levels this season,” said Darwon Stoneman, owner of Glacier Raft Company in West Glacier, MT.  Comparatively, outfitters across Colorado and Utah are bracing for some of the lowest summer water levels they’ve seen in ten years. According to the Associated Press, “A new [Colorado] state drought plan may require increased drought monitoring, followed by severe restrictions for communities facing the prospect of running out of water.”

Though her favor is often unpredictable and short lived, Big Sky Country and the Pacific Northwest seem to be Mother Nature’s chosen zones to quench this season.  Colorado and Utah will have to wait their turn, parched and thirsty until the rain and snow return next year.

Posted: June 1st, 2012 by OM

It may be raining and cloudy out but have no fear!  Glacier Raft and Glacier Anglers are gearing up for a fun filled weekend.  As new and old employees start to arrive, they are always looking for work.  This weekend gives them all a sneak peak of what is to come this summer!  You may be given odd tasks but it’s always nice to change it up a bit!

Here’s what we are up to today:

Pulling together our large fleet of fishing boats and mounting fishing frames on them for a big fishing trip on Saturday…

Glacier Park Guided Fly Fishing

fly fishing glacier park

Planting flowers…

planting flowers

And of course, staining our cabins!

Glacier Park Cabins



Posted: May 23rd, 2012 by OM

Glacier Raft Company had its first week of whitewater rafting last week.  We are now running whitewater trips almost daily.  With this great weather and no crowds, now is the time to get out and raft!

Our first whitewater rafting trip of the season was May 9th.  We had a great crew of seven guests with two added trainees on board.  The weather could not have been any better for our first trip.  Although windy, the sun was shining brightly.

On May 19th we had the pleasure of rafting with the Cutbank High School Students of the Week.  These students were picked by their teachers as the students of the week in the past year.  Although it looks cold, they couldn’t have had more fun.

Here are a few photos from our trips.