If you're looking for a day of fun, excitement and relaxation, join us for whitewater thrills on the Clark Fork River. This is a big volume, big ride river with lots of roller coaster waves and fun class II-III (intermediate) rapids with names such as Boateater, Fang, Cliffside and Tumbleweed. Between the rapids are calm stretches where you may jump in for a swim, or sit back and relax to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Bring the whole family for a day of fun you'll never forget!
We use 13' paddle rafts so everyone is a participant. Each raft has a professional guide who teaches everyone how to paddle and as a team as you navigate the rapids.
Our season begins around the first week of July and goes until early September, depending on water levels. Rafters as young as 7 are welcome (check with us about early July water levels as it might be best to wait till mid-July to take kids younger than 9.) First-time rafters are welcome and all participants should be in good health and comfortable in water.
The Alberton Gorge is well isolated from any roads with magnificent rock formations and dramatic rose-colored cliffs rising vertically on both sides of the river. You'll see dozens of birds, including osprey, mergansers and if lucky, some Harlequin Ducks. We may also see deer, elk and beaver. Along the way our guides will spin a few yarns about this magnificent river named after William Clark of Lewis & Clark. Its headwaters are in the Beaverhead and Rocky Mountains near Butte, Montana, where the Indians called it the 'Arrowhead' River due to a semi-transparent stone found near the river that was used to make arrowheads. When the Clark Fork leaves Montana, on its way to Lake Pend Oreille and the Columbia River, it carries more water than any river in Montana.
9:00 AM PDT: Meet in scenic Superior Montana.
10:00 AM: After a safety talk and demonstration you'll hit the river!
12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch on the beach and then back to floating.
4:00-4:30 PM: Back to your vehicles.*
*Please note that due to the nature of the trip times may vary.
From Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, and points WEST:
Take I-90 East to Exit 37 - Sloway Road. At bottom of ramp, turn right and follow Sloway Frontage Road (also known as Old US HWY 10) 4 miles to Sloway Gulch Road on your left. At the corner is a blue yurt-like building, a gray shop building and a collection of cars for sale. Turn LEFT on Sloway Gulch Road, also marked with a brown Forest Service sign "Sloway Gulch Road 389," and proceed 60 yards to a fork. Stay RIGHT at the fork and go up a hill about 100 yards. You will see a sign on your left for ROW Adventures and a red school bus.
From Missoula and points EAST:
Take I-90 West to Exit 43 - Dry Creek Road. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right and cross over the Clark Fork River. At the T intersection, turn LEFT on to Sloway Frontage Rd (also known as Old US HWY 10). Go 2 miles to Sloway Gulch Road on your right. There is a gray shop building on the west side of the junction. Turn RIGHT on Sloway Gulch Road, also marked with a brown Forest Service sign "Sloway Gulch Road 389" and proceed 60 yards to a fork. Stay RIGHT at the fork and go up a hill about 100 yards. You will see a sign on your left for ROW Adventures and a red school bus.
The closest airports are in Spokane, WA and Missoula, MT as well as a small municipal airport in Superior for private aircraft.
Ghost Rails Inn – Alberton, Montana (406) 722-4990
Forest Grove Lodge – Superior, Montana (406) 822-6637
Budget Host Big Sky Motel – Superior, Montana (406) 822-4831.
Super 8 Motel – St Regis, Montana (800) 848-8888
Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort – 20 miles north of St Regis, Montana (406) 826-3150
Black Diamond Guest Ranch – De Borgia, Montana (406) 678-4000
Wallace Inn – Wallace, Idaho (208) 752-1252
Sloway National Forest Campground – St Regis, Montana (406) 822-4233
Cabin City National Forest Campground – St Regis, Montana (406) 822-4233
Campground St. Regis – St Regis, Montana (888) 247-8734.
You can find local weather information here.
Here at ROW Adventures, our first and foremost goal is for you to have an enjoyable and safe experience. While most of our trips are suitable for beginners, some of our trips are more active than others and it’s important that you understand the physical requirement of the trip you choose.
All of our rafting trips are active adventures that involve some level of physical exertion and possible exposure to the elements including but not limited to wind, rain, heat, sun, cold temperatures and cold water conditions. ROW Adventures is able to accommodate people with physical limitations, disabilities, and medical conditions; please speak with your Adventure Consultant if you think you will require any additional assistance while on the trip. We ask that you consult your doctor if you have health or medical conditions that could impact your ability to participate in an active and outdoor adventure. In general, all trip participants must be able to do the following:
- Wear all protective and safety equipment that is required by ROW Adventures and recommended/required by industry-wide standards.
- Load and unload, on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion, the bus and/or van providing transportation for ROW Adventures activities.
- Reach the river access points (put-in and take-out) on their own, or with the aid of a qualified companion.
- Enter and exit the raft, kayak and/or inflatable kayak on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion.
- Remain seated and balanced in a floating raft, canoe, kayak or inflatable kayak w/ the aid of adaptive equipment, if necessary.
- Perform all on water activities, including following instructions that like paddling commands from the guide in class I and higher whitewater on their own or with the assistance of a qualified companion.
- Float on their back when entering moving and still water. The participant must be capable of turning from face-down to face-up in the water with the aid of a Personal Floatation Device and must be able to hold their breath while underwater.
- Remain calm and keep breathing under control in the event of a whitewater swim.
- Get out from under a raft, whether the raft is up-right or capsized, in moving water.
- Climb into the raft, with the help of another person, should an involuntary swim happen at any point on the river.
- Make progress toward the shoreline or a raft by swimming in moving water and must be able to exit the river and ascend the shoreline once reached.
- Participate as an active paddler when instructed by the guide for the duration of the trip.
- Move about the campsite on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion on all trips that include overnight camping and/or lunch.
What to Bring: Many days on the Clark Fork are hot and sunny and you'll simply need a swimsuit, T-shirt and
proper footwear. However, if the forecast is for cool weather in western Montana, you should try and bring a set
of synthetic tights/leggings, a synthetic sweater/shirt and a raincoat. Our guides often find that synthetic
leggings with a pair of nylon shorts over the top are the perfect combination for cool days. If it gets even
cooler, adding a synthetic sweater and/or raincoat completes the outfit. The weather in Montana may be
different than Coeur d'Alene or Spokane, so come prepared for a variety of conditions. Avoid all cotton
materials as cotton makes you colder when wet!
Rental Gear: We do have a great rental kit including a synthetic sweater, waterproof "splash jacket" (raincoat)
and cap. If it's really cool (or you're cold blooded) we also have wetsuits and booties
available. On cool or rainy days you should wear a synthetic shirt/sweatshirt over the wetsuit.
DO NOT bring cotton sweatshirts to keep you warm. They just get wet and make you cold! A good waterproof
raincoat (NOT a flimsy windbreaker) should be worn over the above. Wetsuit booties are best worn with wool
socks. AGAIN, DO NOT BRING COTTON!
For Warm Days:
- Sun screen and sun hat
- Towel for end of day
- Nylon shorts or swimsuit
- Tennis shoes or sport sandals with straps
- Head strap for glasses
- Personal water bottle - optional
- Windbreaker and/or raincoat in case of cloudy weather
For Cool Days:
- Synthetic leggings or tights is highly recommended
- Synthetic top*
- Rain coat* (good waterproof kind - not nylon windbreaker)
- See other items under "For Warm Days" too
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