Are you more of a do-it-yourself explorer? Prefer to paddle your own raft (or kayak)? Self-guided may be just what you are looking for.
Our self-guided trips depart at 9:30 a.m. daily during the summer and fall months. These trips are perfect for groups looking to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Glacier National Park at their own pace. Self-guided trips float 11 miles on the scenic section of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, allowing rafters of all experience levels to go it alone.
Guests are asked to show up at Paddle Ridge 30 minutes prior to their trip departure. You’ll follow one of our team members to the take-out in your vehicle. Once parked, we'll shuttle you back to the put-in at West Glacier.
After gearing up, paddling instruction, a safety talk and observing your ability to handle the raft, we send you off to start your adventure on the river. Stop and have lunch, take a swim or do a little fishing. You’re on river time now.
Once you arrive at the take-out (between 3-5 hours of floating), pull your boat up on the beach and call to let us know you have returned. Our staff will handle the transport of the boat back to Paddle Ridge. It’s that easy!
The trip begins at Paddle Ridge. Check in is at 9 a.m. with a 9:30 departure (please be on time — this trip only leaves once per day). From there, you’ll follow one of our team members to the take-out in your vehicle. Once parked, you’ll shuttle back to the put-in at West Glacier.
The next 3–5 hours are yours to enjoy on the beautiful Middle Fork of the Flathead River along Glacier National Park. We ask that you arrive no later than 4 p.m. at the take-out, where you’ll leave your boats and equipment for our team to retrieve. It’s that simple!
|Dates||Rafts: June 1 – September 10
Inflatable Kayaks: July 1 – September 10
|Departure Time||9 a.m.|
|Put-in||West Glacier river access|
|Take-out||Coram river access|
|Trip Length||3 – 5 hrs*|
|River Rating||Class I–II, easy rapids that are readily seen|
All self-guided trips are water and weather dependent. If conditions are unsafe, we will contact you prior to your trip.