Raft the Best Rivers in Montana
The Yellowstone, Gallatin, and Madison Rivers in southwest Montana offer some pretty exciting adventures. All three rivers have both whitewater and scenic/calm sections. Whitewater means thrills, excitement and getting wet. A scenic float can be calm, relaxing and very…well…scenic! For the most remote feeling whitewater trip, we recommend the Beartrap Canyon of the Madison River. More easily accessible (and shorter) trips are offered on the Gallatin and Yellowstone. We also strongly recommend doing a guided trip both for safety and the fun-factor. Whitewater rafting Montana can be dangerous, please stay safe!
Below are our favorite local outfitters, check out their websites for tour costs, schedules, and options. Some offer zipline tours, river picnics, and horseback riding options as well.
They have base camps in both the Gallatin Canyon and Gardiner and offer zip line and other packages along with rafting. Special offer for our guests! Ask us for the promo code once you have a reservation at one of our homes.
A Big Sky favorite for Gallatin Canyon tours, ziplining adventures and more.
Paradise Adventure Company
Based in Gardiner, offering whitewater and scenic floats on the Yellowstone River.
Yellowstone Raft Company
Based in Gardiner, with kayaking and rafting trips on the Yellowstone.
Wild West Rafting
Last on the list but that doesn’t mean anything. Based in Gardiner. They even do an overnight trip!
Madison River Tubing
Based in Bozeman. The same operation as Montana Whitewater. Offering shuttle service from and back to Bozeman.