- Duration: 1 Day
- Length: 12-15 miles
- Intensity: Easy, Class II-III
- Season: July - September
- Minimum Age: 5 (10 during high water)
- Begins In: Superior, Montana
- Ends In: Superior, Montana
- Airport: Missoula, Montana or Spokane, Wash.
Great family rafting trip, warm water and great swimming, paddle rafts or inflatable kayaks, fly fishing, dramatic isolated river canyon, and amazing wildlife including - beaver, deer, elk, osprey, waterfowl, bald eagles and songbirds.
For a fantastic day of Montana whitewater rafting fun look no further than the Alberton Gorge section of the Clark Fork River. This whitewater rafting day trip in Western Montana is a big volume, big ride river with a lot of roller coaster waves and intermediate (Class II-III) white water rafting. You'll bounce through rapids with names like Boat Eater, Fang, Cliffside and Tumbleweed on the family-friendly Clark Fork River.
Well isolated from any roads, the Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork flows through a deep canyon with dramatic rose-colored cliffs. Between the whitewater sections are calm stretches that are perfect for swimming or just sitting back, relaxing and watching the spectacular mountain scenery pass you by. Warm water and quiet pools between rapids make this a perfect family rafting trip.
When you go rafting on the Clark Fork, you're likely to see dozens of birds, including osprey, mergansers and, if we're lucky, maybe some Harlequin Ducks. Deer, elk and beaver are also common. Along the way our guides will share some of the river's history. Named after William Clark of the Lewis & Clark expedition, the Clark Fork River's headwaters are in the Beaverhead and Rocky Mountains near Butte, Montana, where the Native American tribes called it the 'Arrowhead' River due to a semi-transparent stone found nearby that was used to make arrowheads.
We use 13' paddle rafts on this whitewater rafting day trip, so everyone becomes a participant. Each raft has a professional guide who teaches you how to paddle. As a team, you'll navigate the whitewater together. If you would rather let us do the rowing, we can bring an oar-powered raft along with room for 3-4 people (by request only).
For the thrill-seekers, we have a limited number of inflatable kayaks, or "Daring Duckies." These are available by request for a minimal fee. The one- or two-person kayaks add plenty of excitement to a Clark Fork rafting trip. We invite you to bring your friends, your church group, club or the whole family for a whitewater rafting trip you'll never forget.
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