Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

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!


Rainy June has come and gone and that means that Summer is in full swing up here at Glacier Raft Company.

You may think that we spend our time up here at the raft company just rafting, fishing and playing in the Montana sunshine. And you may be right. However what you may not know is that some of the playing we do up at the raft center goes to a great cause!

This could be you!

On July 17th  the Glacier Raft Center will be teaming up with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation to help volunteer in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. We will be weeding and clearing trails to ensure fun and safe hiking in the wilderness. BMWF still has trips available for participation this summer. Check them out here!

Posted: March 7th, 2012 by OM

Don’t miss out on this deal!

If you have been wondering how early you can schedule a  Multi-Day Rafting or Fly Fishing trip for this summer, now is the time.   We are offering a great discount until March 15.  Be sure to check out the  Specials and Promotions page for the details or give us a call at 1-(800) 235-6781

20% off all multi day trips

We have the best Fly Fishing Guides in Montana and offer remote trips into the Great Bear Wilderness.  These Multi-Day Rafting trips in Glacier National Park will truly be a vacation to remember.

Posted: December 19th, 2011 by OM

Around the country, snoweshoe racing season has begun, building to the championship in Frisco, Colorado on February 24th.

Snowshoe Magazine has put together a list of top 10 tips for snowshoe racing. It’s worth a read if you are getting ready to take on the challenge.

Although we’re closed this winter, we’re still way into snowshoeing.  We’ve got some GOC employees in the Coloado area this winter and they’re looking forward to watching the championship action in Frisco.

If you don’t get a chance to visit any of the races around the country this winter, we hope you’ll at least get some good trips in your own area.  We’ll be tromping around the woods and trails in West Glacier.

Happy winter, everyone!

Posted: November 10th, 2011 by OM

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered

image from GoogleImages

Even though Glacier Outdoor Center is buttoned down for the winter, we’re still out there in cyberspace. Our online reservation system is waiting patiently (computers are like that) for you to book your spring and summer rafting, fishing excursions, and guided wilderness trips.

Set up the relatives, the friends who are planning a visit next year, the local friends, with a gift of some serious time on the river or in the wilderness.

So, head to our website and pick an activity. Click BOOK NOW, and you are in.

If you are not on the world wide web, you can call 800-235-6781 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Wanna know what others think? Click that link.