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Multi-day Whitewater Middle Fork Flathead River Trip


If you only have a few days but still want to experience an extended whitewater adventure, we offer 2-day trips on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
The Middle Fork forms the southern border of spectacular Glacier National Park. In the spring and early summer, whitewater is at its peak on the Middle Fork with Class III and IV rapids. By late July, the rapids have moderated to fun-filled Class II and III.

Without a doubt, there’s a special allure to the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. This is where Meryl Streep guided her family through rapids in the exciting feature film, “The River Wild.” The clear, cascading Middle Fork is part of the nation's Wild and Scenic River System and one of the last great free-flowing rivers anywhere.

Photos you keep, fish you release

Although this is a whitewater adventure trip, there will be opportunity to fish. The Middle Fork has a bountiful supply of native Westslope cutthroat trout, along with rainbow trout, lake trout, and whitefish. All fishing is catch and release. Most of the fishing is done at camp in the evening or morning. You may also fish from the oar boats. However, if fishing is your primary interest, we suggest you book a Glacier Raft Company fishing trip.

What to expect

We begin our trips at Glacier Outdoor Center. Here, we help you pack your gear into waterproof bags and prepare for the trip. We then travel up river for some thrilling river-running, fishing, camping and outdoor fun. At the end of the day, camp will be set up along the river's edge. You'll get to help with a little camp set-up, then try some fishing streamside if you wish. Or you can just change clothes and relax as your guides prepare dinner. If the fresh air and rippling water don’t cause you to drift off to sleep, you can join others around the campfire under a canopy of stars. The next day includes more fishing, rafting, rapids and riverside meals until late afternoon when we reach West Glacier.

We need a minimum of two people for these whitewater trips. Depending on group size, we'll use either paddle rafts or oar boats.

Where to start

We ask that you please check in at Glacier Outdoor Center by 8:00 pm the evening prior to your departure. Call us at (800) 235-6781 or stop by to meet us. We are located under the giant log arch on the south side of US Highway 2, 1/2 mile west of West Glacier. If you plan to be en route several days before you get here, please call us before you leave in case there are any last minute changes or information we need to give you. Check-in time the day of your trip is 8:30 am.

Trip prices do not include 7% service fee or guide gratuities.

Make plans to join us for an exhilarating whitewater journey down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Rest assured, it will be one of the greatest times you and your family ever have!   

Trip Length:

2 days

Departure Dates:

Available by request
(minimum of 2 to start new trip)

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:

28-38 miles

Recognized Rapids


Age Limit:

8-10 in early June, 6-7 by mid-August
(dependent on weather and water conditions)


Adult $379*
Youth : (12 & under) $309*
*prices do not include 7% service fee


Montana fishing license is required 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