Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald: Our most recommended tours and activities

West Glacier: Glacier National Park Scenic Raft Trip

1. West Glacier: Glacier National Park Scenic Raft Trip

Feel the excitement of this adrenaline-fuelled river rafting trip on the Flathead River. Soak in the picturesque surroundings while you splash your way through the Glacier National Park accompanied by a guide. Start your trip with a 5-minute bus ride down to the West Glacier. From there, you will pass through a steep, walled canyon and admire stunning views of Glacier National Park. Arrive at the path where the middle and north forks of the Flathead River converge to form the southern tip of Glacier National Park. Learn about the flora, fauna, and history of the area while escorting you down one of the most pristine rivers in the world. You may get the chance to see eagles, osprey, deer, and maybe even an elusive bear or moose. Your guide will take the raft out of the water near the Blankenship Bridge. Get immersed in the spectacular beauty of the area during the scenic rafting tour.  Finally, take a 15-minute bus ride back to your base where you can take pictures.

Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

2. Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

Enjoy an exciting half-day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the middle fork section of the Flathead River. Manoeuvre the raft through 9 different rapids by following the simple paddle commands of the guide. The trip winds about 8 miles through the John F. Stevens Canyon. The rapids are rated class 2 and 3, making for a fun and splashy family-friendly whitewater rafting adventure. Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure and check-in at the office before meeting your friendly river guides. Leave your belongings in your car and your car keys for you at the front desk. Next, take a short 10-minute bus ride to the river. Your guide will launch the boat there, give you safety instructions, and you'll begin floating down the beautiful river. The journey starts on a 4-mile mellow section of the river, giving you plenty of time to learn to paddle and to adjust to being on the water. The rapids come on the second 4 miles of the trip and photographs of each boat are taken in the rapid named Bonecrusher. The raft will stop periodically to let you jump in and experience a dip in glacial water if you choose. You'll float under Glacier National Park's historic Belton Bridge towards the end of the trip. At the end of the trip, it's a short walk back from the river to the local partner's office in the village of West Glacier. The length of the trip depends on the river flow. In June through early July, it lasts about 2.5 hours, from mid-July to early August, about 3 hours, and from mid-August through the end of the season, approximately 3.5 hours. Safety and fun are the top priorities. Guides undergo training in river rescue techniques, first aid, and more. Many guides return year after year. If conditions call for wetsuits, fleece, and river shoes, or if you would prefer to wear splash gear, it is always available at no extra cost. Helmets and life jackets are mandatory and provided.

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What people are saying about Lake McDonald

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 68 reviews

This is an amazing way to spend the day if your in GNP! The route is incredibly beautiful and the whitewaters are perfect for any age (myself being 62, my grandson(22) and his girlfriend(20). Our guide Andy was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and so nice. Far warning it’s absolutely a full body work out and the water will shock you awake no doubt, but an awesome experience! Thank you so much Andy for making those few hours so fun and interactive! - See you next time The Dream Team Birmingham, AL

Vance was our guide and he was Awesome! There were 3 different groups in the raft, Vance got us all talking and by the time we left we were one. Had us spinning the raft and floating backwards thru smaller rapids. Was a fantastic ride!

Great trip! Zack was an amazing, informative and fun guide. Highly recommend. Thanks! Laurie, John and Lucas

Mason was our guide He was very capable knowledgeable and really fun to be with. Super experience

The weather was perfect, and I had a great, great time.