Glacier Outdoor Center Blog


It has shaped up to be a wicked whitewater season, and we’ve been doing a lot of writing about Glacier Raft Co.’s awesome float trips. But, perhaps this has left you wondering: where exactly does all of this floating take place?

Fret not, Glacier Raft grasshopper — here’s the lowdown on the rivers we run.

Every summer, all summer you’ll find us kicking it on the Middle Fork, Upper Middle Fork and North Fork of the Flathead River system.

Not only is the recreation section of the Middle Fork an angler’s heaven, it also churns up Class III rapids early in the summer and some rocking Class II-III rapids as the season progresses. If you’re looking for a unique fishing experience or a pulse-pounding adventure (or hey, why not both?) this is the water to be on.

Another favorite among floaters and fish-seekers is the North Fork. Made famous by its spectacular views, the whitewater in the North Fork checks in at a Class I-II rating. This fun float also provides some excellent wildlife watching — it’s not uncommon to spot black bear, grizzly bear, moose, deer and elk along the way!

Only one outfitter in Montana is permitted to operate float trips down the wilderness section of the Upper Middle Fork –deemed Montana’s mightiest river– and we’re it! The sparkling waters of the Upper Middle Fork curve and bend through 50 miles of the unbelievably gorgeous Great Bear Wilderness Area. And when we say this river is naturally stunning, we’re not kidding: the Upper Middle Fork is considered to be one of the most preserved and protected rivers in the nation.

… So, which one would you like to float first?