Raft

From whitewater excitement to a serene and scenic float, rafting in Montana is hard to beat.

Floating Montana Rivers
Garcia, Mike
A guide to finding your ideal boat. Read more >>
Pristine Ventures PR 49, packrafting, packrafting Montana
Chris McCarthy
The idea of packrafting a river deep in the wilderness is exciting. Doing so with a couple hundred pounds of fresh elk meat—now that’s an adventure. The PR-49 from Pristine Ventures makes this type of epic Montana outing possible. Read more >>
White Sulphur Springs, Smith River
Ross, Drew M.
Unexpected benevolence saves the day. Read more >>
Missouri River, floating in MT, Outside Bozeman,
England, Mike
Floating the Missouri Headwaters. Read more >>
river raft basics, floating montana rivers, outside bozeman
the editors
A raft is an incredible piece of equipment, allowing you to comfortably travel down a river through the middle of nowhere and bring along all the amenities of home. Read more >>
Find a guide to take you down the gnarliest whitewater in Montana! Read more >>
Photo by Bill Bilverstone
Schroeder, Dave
The boat slices through the last standing wave and carves smoothly into the placid eddy on my right. The thrill of the upstream rapids courses through my veins while I slowly spin in the calm water. Read more >>
Current streamflows for all of Montana's rivers: Read more >>
Montana Float Trips
Krueger, Ryan
Overnight floats in the Bozeman area. Read more >>
Yellowstone River, Paradise Valley, Montana Rafting
Brayton, Lea
It’s open season. Trails wait for fresh footsteps, jagged ridgelines call out, anticipating our arrival. Take time off from a fast-paced place and bask in the easy drawl of summer. The world is fresh, dripping new in hues of vibrant, lively blues. Read more >>
rafting, bozeman, montana, whitewater
Dehmer, Kurt
Like most fishermen, I happen to enjoy a frosty barley pop while engaging in my favorite pastime. Read more >>
Photo by Kene Sperry
Pogge, Drew
Live music is like nothing else. The sound is raw, the lights are blinding, the volume is cranked, and nothing tastes better than an $8 Bud Light after a couple of hours of jamming to your favorite band. Read more >>
Slepian, Maggie
Every year, our corner of Montana braces for an endless caravan of RVs parading down toward Yellowstone, stopping in Livingston, Paradise Valley, and Gardiner along the way in vehicular atrocities larger than your house. Read more >>
House, David H.
“Dad, there’s a rock at the bottom of the ‘V,’” said Jesse, age seven. She knew that we would follow the deeper, glassier water into the steeper gradient. She made sure that we avoided the boulder as well as a likely corresponding hydraulic. Read more >>
Henan, Jacob
In homage to the days of Lewis & Clark, the 48th annual Yellowstone Boat Float will launch the morning of July 8 from Livingston and continue downstream—covering 95 miles of historic river bottom—to Laurel by July 10. Read more >>
Robbins, Gary
A float trip down the Yellowstone River had been tumbling through my mind for eight or ten years. Finally, in 2009 when I had just about given up on the possibility, the perfect group came together. Read more >>
Robinson, Sarah
The rugged backcountry around Bozeman compels folks to partake of the fresh air and challenging terrain. Read more >>
Paulson, Megan
High on the Tibetan Plateau, the Yangtze River sits at an elevation of 12,000–14,000 feet; surrounding peaks tower at over 18,000 feet. Nomads still roam the region, and remote monasteries are commonplace. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
The last time I floated down the Madison, I was waist-deep in water, scuffing along the bottom in an underinflated, sinking kiddy pool. I had on far too little clothing given the circumstances and with both hands full of beer; navigation of such a vessel was simply out of the question. Read more >>
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