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Middle Fork Flathead River

Middle Fork Flathead River

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Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

1. 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.

West Glacier: Glacier National Park Scenic Raft Trip

2. 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.

Glacier National Park: Self-Guided Driving Tour

3. Glacier National Park: Self-Guided Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 50+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Glacier National Park in 2-3 hours. Once downloaded, your tour begins at either Saint Mary on the park’s eastern end or West Glacier on the park’s western side. From Saint Mary, you’ll cruise alongside Saint Mary Lake and discover why it’s so clear. You’ll also get acquainted with the park’s distant past, from the Blackfoot Confederacy to early colonization. A couple of overlooks offer spectacular views of the lake and the tiny Wild Goose Island within—one of the park’s most popular spots for photos. Beyond that you’ll hear about a disastrous gold rush before arriving at Sun Point Nature Trail, a super short walk leading to an amazing vista. Then there’s another trail to Saint Mary Falls, a sparkling waterfall with a distinctive turquoise hue. Jackson Glacier Overlook waits ahead, offering your first good look at one of the park’s five active glaciers. After that, you’ll hear all about how these glaciers have impacted the landscape, as well as the man who decided they were a resource worth protecting. Hidden Lake Trail is next, perfect for those seeking a little seclusion. Then you’ll reach Paradise Meadow, one of the best vistas in the entire park (and one you’ll definitely want to remember with a few photos)! Next, you’ll pass the strange, not-quite-waterfall of the Weeping Wall, before reaching Bird Woman Falls Overlook, which is named for the famous Native guide Sacagawea. You’ll learn all about the local fauna as you head toward the West Tunnel, which boasts observation windows featuring incredible views of Heaven’s Peak. Then, cross the continental divide and hear how wildfires have impacted the park over the years. The Trail of the Cedars is next, offering an easy, accessible hike that’s a favorite among visitors for good reason. As you pass Lake McDonald Lodge, next, you’ll get to know the park’s marine wildlife and find out how some reptiles and amphibians survive in such a cold climate. Finally, you’ll arrive at Apgar Village on the park’s western end, where your tour will conclude. The tour starting in West Glacier follows the same route in the opposite direction.

Glacier National Park: Whitewater Rafting with Dinner

4. Glacier National Park: Whitewater Rafting with Dinner

Discover your adventurous side and go on a whitewater rafting trip as you enjoy views of Glacier National Park. Check-in at the Village of West Glacier half an hour prior to trip departure.   Get a healthy dose of fresh mountain air and enjoy a perfect summer afternoon. Swim in one of the cleanest rivers in the world and go on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip that combines calm floating with class II-III whitewater rapids.  Once you have worked up an appetite, enjoy a delicious riverside barbecue dinner of steak, chicken, or veggie burger. Munch on fresh sides, salads, and dessert to go along with your meal.  End your trip at the bridge in West Glacier and go for a short walk back to the original meeting point. Make your memories last forever with an opportunity to purchase trip photos and souvenirs.

Glacier National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

5. Glacier National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you throughout Glacier National Park including Going to the Sun Road and the Many Glacier Section to not-to-be-missed points of interest, with fascinating stories, tips and directions along the way. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Make the most of your time at Glacier National Park with this self-guided audio driving tour. Hit all the main spots of the park and learn all about this incredible natural landscape at your own pace. Major Highlights: Apgar Haystack Falls Lake McDonald Lodge Logan Pass Lunch Creek Many Glacier Section Oberlin Bend Siyeh Bend The Loop Triple Arches Tunnels Weeping Wall Wild Goose Island Includes: Glacier National Park (Going to the Sun Road and Many Glacier Section) Glacier National Park in Montana protects some of the most visually stunning mountain terrain anywhere, with giant mountain peaks, above tree-line alpine terrain and alpine to valley length waterfalls. This tour includes the iconic Going to the Sun Road as well as visiting the beautiful Many Glacier section of the park, with terrific hikes and lake cruising available. Though the Going-to-the-Sun Road drive is only 50 miles, expect to spend most of a full day taking in the mountain views, alpine flower filled meadows and waterfalls. While the views are numerous, the pullouts aren’t. We’ll give you plenty of notice so both the driver and passengers can relax and feel comfortable about what’s ahead. The Many Glacier section offers a superb and stunning collection of views and activities. Hiking options vary from rewarding uphill efforts to Grinnell Glacier, or gentler loop walks around alpine lakes. Lake cruising has been a tradition for Many for decades. Use the cruisers for the pure sightseeing enjoyment or to shorten some of the longer hikes.

Glacier National Park: Full-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

6. Glacier National Park: Full-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

Begin your whitewater rafting trip by meeting in West Glacier where you'll go on a 20-minute bus ride, then spend the next 6 to 7 hours floating down the Middle Fork of the Flathead. The first half of the day is on a calmer section of the river with beautiful views into Glacier National Park. Your friendly river guide will share lots of good information on the flora and the fauna as you go.  Midway through the journey, stop along the riverbank to enjoy a barbeque lunch of chicken sandwiches, bison burger or veggie cooked to order. Enjoy fresh salads and sides to go with your lunch.  After, get ready to tackle some whitewater!. During the whitewater stretch, class II-III rapids and leave you full of memories that will last a lifetime.

From Whitefish: Glacier National Park & Polebridge Day Tour

7. From Whitefish: Glacier National Park & Polebridge Day Tour

Explore the areas of West Glacier, Polebridge, and Glacier National Park with a private guide on this day tour from Whitefish. Enjoy panoramic views of Hungry Horse Reservoir, get a photo with the iconic Glacier National Park sign, and stop at Lake McDonald Lodge. Begin your day with a pickup at your Whitefish hotel or accommodation and head out of town. Stop at Hungry Horse Reservoir and walk across the Hungry Horse Dam. Admire the view of the Rocky Mountains reflected in the still water of the reservoir. As you walk, hear the history of the dam, reservoir, and the town of Hungry Horse from your guide. Next, continue to West Glacier to reach Glacier National Park. Stop at the entrance sign for a quick photo op. Drive past the shores of Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park. Stop at the Lake McDonald Lodge and look over the still water to the towering Rockies. As you take photos from the dock, hear about the founding of the national park and fascinating tales of its bears. Continue to Apgar Visitor Center and this historic area of Apgar Village at the edge of Lake McDonald. Stroll around the area and explore the visitor center to learn more about the park. Next, leave the National Park and travel up the North Fork road, enjoying the sights of the mighty North Fork river. Stop to take pictures next to roaring waterfalls before arriving at Polebridge Mercantile. Take a seat in this historic cafe and outpost, just 20 miles south of the Canadian border. Grab a Huckleberry Bear Claw, a traditional pastry, or enjoy a delicious lunch (not included) and enjoy the views before returning to Whitefish.

Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier NP: Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier NP: Self-Guided Audio Tour

This bundle includes self-guided driving tours of Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park, and Banff. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Once downloaded, your tour can begin at any entrance of any of the parks in this bundle. In Grand Teton, you can embark on hikes like the ever-popular Taggart Lake Trail or stroll along the shores of sparkling Jenny Lake. You can also take in views of the majestic peaks from the Teton Glacier Lookout, an amazing perch atop the Jackson Lake Dam, and more. You’ll cross one of the most remote wilderness areas in the United States as you learn the surprising history of this incredible park. Then, visit the overlook where the most famous photograph of these mountains was taken. In Yellowstone, follow the Grand Loop Road to all the park’s most stunning attractions, from the West Thumb and Norris geyser basins to the staggering beauty of the Grand Prismatic hot spring. Stop by the world-famous Old Faithful geyser, where an explosive eruption is 100% guaranteed! Plenty more attractions await, like the colorful, bubbling mud of Fountain Paint Pot and the stunning vistas of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. And you won’t want to miss Lamar Valley, where Yellowstone’s bison often congregate. In Glacier National Park, you’ll discover astonishing vistas of valleys and mountains while hearing how glaciers carved this miraculous landscape. Cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, keep an eye out for the park’s diverse wildlife and hike unforgettable trails through pristine wilderness. Plus, get a good look at ancient glaciers dating back to the Ice Age!

From Whitefish: Private East Glacier & Two Medicine Day Trip

9. From Whitefish: Private East Glacier & Two Medicine Day Trip

Explore East Glacier National Park and the Two Medicine area with a knowledgeable guide on this private day trip from Whitefish. Visit the park's landmarks like the East Glacier Park Lodge and walk around Two Medicine Lake. Your tour starts in Whitefish, where you will be picked up by a private vehicle. Travel via Highway 2 to reach East Glacier Park. Enjoy a brief stop at the historic East Glacier Park Lodge and see the grandeur of this beautiful lodge, located at the southeast corner of Glacier National Park. It was the first hotel built by the Great Northern Railway. Continue to Two Medicine and opt for a short hike to see waterfalls, or spend time meandering around the lake. Two Medicine will take your breath away with its dramatic views, rushing waterfalls, and reflective lakes. This is a perfect stop for lunch (at your own expense). While on the tour, you can also opt to visit Saint Mary's Visitor Center, which will require additional driving time.

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What people are saying about Middle Fork Flathead River

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(231 reviews)

Very informative! Loved being able to start at either end of the park. Adaptable to our own schedule. Stopped where we wanted without worrying about time. If I changed anything, it would be to tell me the expected time it takes to complete the tour. Tell me that before I buy it. You do not want to get stuck in this park after dark!

This WW Rafting was one of the highlights of our trip to MT. Jake was the absolute BEST guide. I highly recommend the WW, but suspect any guided trip with them is equally fantastic, as the staff at the facility are all super friendly and accommodating. Totally worth the money.

I'm so glad we downloaded the Glacier NP audio tour--it was perfect for us. It gave us the information we needed to choose the sights we wanted to stop and explore, and interesting history and geology facts. I will look for this option on my next NP visit!

Good value. An additional benefit is that the app was useful for route guidance. It kept working up in the Glacier Mountains when my other apps wouldn't work without a network connection.

It was wonderful. They were so accommodating. We are in our 70’s. One of us is partially handicapped. We did it it was fabulous.