The largest River by volume in Montana is the Clark Fork River. This river is known to many as the most exciting of the three rivers passing near Missoula. For those looking for some of the best outdoor activities in the region, the Clark Fork River provides just that. It hosts many kayakers, SUPers, river boarders, and the best whitewater rafting in Missoula during the summer. Wiley’s whitewater river rafting tours on the Clark Fork River begin only 40 minutes from Missoula, Mt.
This option is an all-day excursion with plenty of whitewater for the adventure seeker! We will meet at Wiley headquarters, where you will leave your vehicle, meet your guide and receive a safety briefing. Once on the river, your guide will navigate you through 4-6 notable class III-IV rapids with many small rapids in between. With all this excitement, there is still the opportunity to take in the breathtaking geography and wildlife Western Montana has to offer. This river has great swimming holes, rock jumping, and even a “hot spring” towards the end of the trip- not to be confused with Quinn’s hot springs or any hot spring for that matter. Your trip includes an all-you-can-eat buffet-style lunch because, yes, rafting is a workout. Water is provided at lunch, while water & adult beverages are provided at the end of the trip.
*This Alberton Gorge tour is located in Western Montana and contains the most exciting whitewater rafting near Missoula!
This option offers you three hours of rafting through the Alberton Gorge with 4-6 notable class III-IV rapids. We will meet at Wiley headquarters, where you will leave your vehicle, meet your guide and receive a safety briefing. This adventure is similar to the full-day trip we offer, as it is the same section of the Clark Fork River, but no lunch and fewer stops to decrease the duration. All the gorgeous scenery and wildlife that comes with Montana. Great swimming opportunities and the option for games on the raft. This trip ends with a cold post-trip cooler full of drinks for all ages.
This rafting trip is about 2.5 hours on the Clark Fork River and what we consider more of a mellow section. We will meet at Wiley headquarters, where you will leave your vehicle, meet your guide and receive a safety briefing. This section of the Alberton Gorge offers an abundance of gorgeous scenery and wildlife paired with many opportunities for swimming and games on the raft. An excellent choice if you’re looking for a family-friendly adventure near Missoula, as this trip is perfect for beginners, families, or groups looking to get on the river but a little timid of whitewater. This trip ends with a cold post-trip cooler full of drinks for all ages.
We meet at Wiley headquarters in Superior, Montana, and shuttle you about 20 mins to our put-in spot at Cyr bridge. There are Porta Johns available at camp if you need to use them before your shuttle ride.
The Clark Fork River is a tributary consisting of 340 miles of primarily calm waters. The section of the river we raft is known as the Alberton Gorge. These 13 miles are the most whitewater-filled in Western Montana. This area of Montana also has some of the best wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. We float you through the heart of the river gorge. You never know what we’ll run into, but it’s bound to be exciting.
Depending on the water levels, the Clark Fork River has multiple Class IV rapids:
*Tumbleweed – This rapid brings the best of large volume whitewater while still allowing for a family-friendly adventure.
*Fang – This rapid is similar to tumbleweed, as it is equally thrilling. Fang is sure to make you feel like a kid on a rollercoaster with its quick drop right into a curling wave.
This exhilarating whitewater will quickly remove any doubt you may have had about the Clark Fork River being the best rafting near the Missoula, Coeur d’Alene, or Spokane area.
This is just as it sounds -a sandy beach, where we pull off the river and set up lunch for our full-day trip. The ideal time to enjoy the water OUT of the raft! This stop is also a great place we like to set up our version of water slides (Montana style) for bonus fun & entertainment!
For camping near Superior, Montana we recommend the Trout Creek Campground. For lodging we recommend Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort or Lozeau Lodge.
Wiley E. Waters will raft unless there is lightning on the forecast. We will provide the proper gear for all other weather conditions and get you out on the river for your scheduled trip. Same-day cancellations or no-shows charged in full.
We know things come up that require you to re-schedule your trip; Wiley will always do our best to accommodate a preferred date. If you need to cancel your trip entirely, we will provide a full refund if given 48 hours’ notice. If you cancel within 48 hours or do not show up, you will be charged in full. We have a 10% cancellation retainer fee for any groups over 20 canceled within two weeks.
From I-90 E, Take exit 55 toward Lozeau/Quartz 0.2 mi
Turn left onto Quartz Loop Rd 0.2 mi
Sharp right onto William Lloyd Ln
Destination will be on the left
Look for the Wiley E. Waters sign to the left for parking
We meet at 9:00am Pacific Time/ 10:00am Mountain Time