Saturday, July 6, 2019

Missoula Adventures on the River

Missoula rafting and pack rafting

Missoula Adventures on the River

Pack Rafting and Kayaking Trips on the Clark Fork River

Missoula rafting  opportunities just improved. Now adventurers can join a guided pack raft trip on the Blackfoot River near Missoula and explore one of Montana's most beloved wilderness rivers. Missoula's raft rental leader  the Last Best Ski & Paddle Shop, has brought a fleet of Kokopelli pack rafts and partnered with Missoula rafting outfitter 10,000 Waves to make these adventures possible. 
Guided all-inclusive river trips on the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers daily. Call 10,000 waves at 406-549-6670 for more info or book online at

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Missoula Tubing Rentals and Raft Rentals

Missoula Rafting and River Rentals

Rafts   *     Kayaks    *    SUP   *    Packrafts    *Surf

Missoula raftingand Missoula River Rentalscan be found in one new location.  10000 Waves and LB Snoware working together to offer more options for people who want to run the river on either a guided trip or alone with rental equipment.   The new 10000 Waves Summer Headquarters is located in LB SNOWdowntown Missoula. Both the Waves and LB have historically offered summer rentals. New owner Willi Connell at LB has ramped up the river rental program and 100000 Waves is fired up to be a part of it. If guests want a guided river trip we are ready, but if they prefer to rent a boat and river gear, LB SNOW is ready to go with Missoula raft rentalsMissoula kayak Rentals, SUP's, Missoula Tube Rentals and even Pack Rafts!

Here's a note from the folks at LB about the new summer river rental program.
"LB SNOW has a brand new rental fleet of boats fully rigged and ready to go.  We want them to be around for a long time, but we also want them to be used. We have been rafting and camping in the Missoula area for a long time and have curated our boat packages to be exactly what makes the most sense. Our specialty is geared towards the weekend overnight or multi-day trip for people who do not have time to mess with the little things.  We provide not only the correct gear but also information on sections of river, what kind of wildlife to look for, put-ins and take-outs and the must stop hole-in-the wall bar to grab a burger at."

Missoula River Rental Equipment

"We have also expanded our rental equipment to keep our rivers clean for generations to come. Our rivers are getting busier and busier and one of the ways we can all help keep them clean is by following Leave No Trace principles.
 Another way we will be making things easier for folks to enjoy their river time to the fullest is with our rental delivery program. For $10 you can have your rental gear delivered to your home or place of work or even hotel (within 5 miles of the shop). That is right, if you want a Raft, Pakraft, Paddle Board, Surf Board, Inflatable Kayak, Hard Shell Recreational kayak, or Whitewater Kayak delivered to you we will deliver it to your doorstep the night or afternoon before your rental day. Now, don’t get us wrong we want you to come enjoy a beer at Draughtworks before or after your trip with us but if you are in a rush, we are happy to deliver your rentals to you."

Monday, February 25, 2019

Riverboarding Brothers Setting the Standard

Check out this river boarding footage of the Patterson brothers ripping on river boards in huge waves. Inspiring!

River Safety and Rescue Training

Whitewater Raft Guide Schools

Raft Guide Training Dates: 2019

Rivers we teach on include the Clark Fork River, Yellowstone, Big Hole, Beaverhead, Missouri, Stillwater, Snake, Flathead, Blackfoot River, Kootenai, Lochsa, Salmon, Swan, Skykomish, Madison, Kern, Fisher, North Fork, Middle Fork, Middle Fork (Pick One), Big Horn, Bitterroot, Boulder, North Platte, Payette, the Maumee, Henry’s Fork, the Falls and many more!  Please call us if you would like to schedule a class on your local river. Call for more Info (406-214-0245).
April 8-9.      Montana Rafting Workshop

April 8-12     Raft Guide School
April 5-7       Swiftwater Rescue Technician
April TBA     Swiftwater Rescue Technician
May 10-14.    Raft Guide School
May 20-22.   Whitewater Rescue Technican

June 4-6.     Whitewater Rescue Technican
West Glacier
June 14-16   Swiftwater Rescue  Technician
June 14-18.    Raft Guide School
June 17-18     Montana Rafting Workshop

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Best Riverboarding Trips in the United States

Missoula's Best Summer Adventure: Riverboarding!

Not many people know that Missoula's Clark Fork River is the number one riverboarding destination in North America. Missoula adventure outfitter Montana River Guides has been guiding whitewater river board trips on the Clark Fork River's Alberton Gorge since 1995.  Guided river board trips through the spectacular Alberton Gorge are offered daily at 9am, 2pm and 4 pm. Our guides provide all of your equipment along with a thorough orientation and safety briefing. After a practice session where you learn how to maneuver in river current, you'll follow your guide down the river.
riverboarding trips
A smiling river boarder attacks Fang Rapid with Montana River Guides

The Ultimate Missoula Whitewater Adventure

River boarding is a blast. If you can swim, possess enthusiasm and are looking to cool off, river boarding is hard to beat. Missoula's best summer adventure includes big fun class II and III rapids along with some fun surf waves deep in this remarkable canyon. You'll learn river trip basic risk management principals, hand signals and how to read water so you can pull maneuvers like eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and even surfing. While everyone gets their own board, we run the river as a team. Guides are ready to team up and assist guests who want to be lined up just right in the rapids.

Experiencing thrilling whitewater at face level going headfirst down a rollicking river is hands down the funnest, most exciting, guided outdoor adventure in Montana. The Clark Fork River and the Alberton Gorge are perfectly suited for river boarding because of the clean channels, fun rapids and surfable waves. At lower flows we pull over and take turns surfing at a variety of different waves.
Missoula Adventures
Late July and August bring lower river levels and surfable waves at Triple Bridges, Ice Box and Fang. Icebox in the 2-3,000 cfs range is one of the most exciting surfs on the Gorge. At late summer flows the river is more technical but easier to maneuver in than at higher levels.  Our normal half day trips go through the middle canyon and it's bigger rapids. Full day trips start near the Alberton Gorge Ranch and run through Eyeopener, Swimmers, the Shelf, Potter's Plunge and Cliffside before taking a break at Sandy Beaches.
River boarding Trips in MissoulaMontana River Guides has been guiding river board trips on the Gorge for over twenty years. Owner Mike Johnston started out as the lead river board guide and was eventually replaced by Bret "Gentle Muscles" Mollenhauer. Josephine Johnston took over from Bret and now Jo's younger brother Sam is MRG's lead river board guide. The longer we have been at the Gorge the more we have come to appreciate it as one of Montana's hidden adventure gems.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Riverboarding Montana -More than Adrenaline

Riverboarding trips at Montana River Guides are awesome for many different reasons. Foremost is the section of river, the Alberton Gorge, is designed by river gods and ancient floods with deep channels, fun rapids and friendly surf waves. Our time spent gearing up for each trip and going through the safety briefing builds anticipation for the challenge and whitewater adventure to come. You'll learn basic river hydrology and terminology while learning how to ferry, do eddy turns and peel outs, and maneuver your own board down the river.
Riverboarding Trip
This picture is another reason we love our guided river board trips. Most of them include this moment at this beautiful spot where the anticipation and adrenaline are calmed by the sheer spectacular beauty of the place we are about to explore. There's the excitement and the challenge of the whitewater balanced by the soothing immersion in a powerful flowing river in-between the rapids. The power and grandeur of this river and place can give us perspective on our place in this world. Time spent with people you love in great places doing great things, is time well spent.

Montana River Guides
-Riverboarding the Gorge since 1994