Clark Fork Rafting

One day rafting trip
Overview
  • Dates: Daily July 7 - August 31*
  • Rates: $120 (adults) | $105 (youth)
  • Recommended Minimum Age: 12, prior to July 10 (After July 10, children ages 7 and up are welcome).
  • Whitewater: Class l-III rapids
  • Meet: Superior, Montana
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. PDT
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Lunch Included: Yes

*Please note we require a minimum of 6 guests to run a trip. Trips typically operate daily in July and August. If you have less than 6 in your party, you can still reserve space and we will work to place you with another group in order to confirm your trip.

*Dates subject to change due to water levels and availability.

 

The region's most popular trip, the Clark Fork River through Montana's Alberton Gorge is an exciting, splashy ride through Class II-III whitewater. Thousands of people visit the Clark Fork each year for its amazing scenery and fun rapids. Our trips include a delicious riverside lunch, professional guides, and rafting gear. All we need are eager, enthusiastic rafters (first-timers and experts alike) that are ready to have an unforgettable day on the river!

We use 13' paddle rafts so everyone is a participant. Each raft has a professional guide who teaches everyone how to paddle and as a team as you navigate the rapids.

Our season begins around the first week of July and goes until early September, depending on water levels. Rafters as young as 7 are welcome (check with us about early July water levels as it might be best to wait till mid-July to take kids younger than 9.) First-time rafters are welcome and all participants should be in good health and comfortable in water.
The Alberton Gorge is well isolated from any roads with magnificent rock formations and dramatic rose-colored cliffs rising vertically on both sides of the river. You'll see dozens of birds, including osprey, mergansers and if lucky, some Harlequin Ducks. We may also see deer, elk and beaver. Along the way our guides will spin a few yarns about this magnificent river named after William Clark of Lewis & Clark. Its headwaters are in the Beaverhead and Rocky Mountains near Butte, Montana, where the Indians called it the 'Arrowhead' River due to a semi-transparent stone found near the river that was used to make arrowheads. When the Clark Fork leaves Montana, on its way to Lake Pend Oreille and the Columbia River, it carries more water than any river in Montana.

Packing list

What to Bring: Many days on the Clark Fork are hot and sunny and you'll simply need a swimsuit, T-shirt andproper footwear. However, if the forecast is for cool weather in western Montana, you should try and bring a set of synthetic tights/leggings, a synthetic sweater/shirt and a raincoat. Our guides often find that synthetic leggings with a pair of nylon shorts over the top are the perfect combination for cool days. If it gets even cooler, adding a synthetic sweater and/or raincoat completes the outfit. The weather in Montana may be different than Coeur d'Alene or Spokane, so come prepared for a variety of conditions. Avoid all cotton materials as cotton makes you colder when wet!

Rental Gear: We do have a great rental kit including a synthetic sweater, waterproof "splash jacket" (raincoat) and cap. If it's really cool (or you're cold blooded) we also have wetsuits and booties available. On cool or rainy days you should wear a synthetic shirt/sweatshirt over the wetsuit. DO NOT bring cotton sweatshirts to keep you warm. They just get wet and make you cold! A good waterproof raincoat (NOT a flimsy windbreaker) should be worn over the above. Wetsuit booties are best worn with wool socks. AGAIN, DO NOT BRING COTTON!

For Warm Days:

  • Sun screen and sun hat 
  • Towel for end of day
  • Nylon shorts or swimsuit 
  • Camera
  • Tennis shoes or sport sandals with straps
  • Head strap for glasses
  • Personal water bottle - optional
  • Windbreaker and/or raincoat in case of cloudy weather

For Cool Days:

  • Synthetic leggings or tights is highly recommended
  • Synthetic top*
  • Rain coat* (good waterproof kind - not nylon windbreaker)
  • See other items under "For Warm Days" too
     

Sample Itinerary

9:00 AM PDT: Meet in scenic Superior Montana. 

10:00 AM: After a safety talk and demonstration you'll hit the river! 

12:00 PM: You'll stop for lunch on the beach and then back to floating. 

4:00-4:30 PM: Back to your vehicles.*

*Please note that due to the nature of the trip times may vary. 

Weather

You can find local weather information here.  

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Rates
Daily

July 7 - August 31, 2023*

  • Adult: $120
  • Youth: $105
  • Group Special: Groups of 16 or more go for $110/ adult and $95/youth!

*Please note we require a minimum of 6 guests to run a trip. Trips typically operate daily in July and August. If you have less than 6 in your party, you can still reserve space and we will work to place you with another group in order to confirm your trip.

*Dates subject to change due to water levels and availability.

*Prices plus 3% Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks Department Use fee and 7% Land & Water Access fee

Many of our guests have requested information regarding gratuities - while all of our guides strive to provide an excellent trip for our guests in every way...if you feel that your trip was extraordinary and would like to leave a gratuity for your guide, we recommend 10-20% of your trip cost.  Of course, all gratuities are optional and at your sole discretion.

Meeting Location

MEETING LOCATION Google Map Link
This trip meets near St. Regis and Superior, MT.  

DIRECTIONS:

From Spokane, Coeur d'Alene and points WEST:  

Take I-90 East to Exit 37 - Sloway Road.  At bottom of ramp, turn right and follow Sloway Frontage Road (also known as Old US HWY 10) 4 miles to Sloway Gulch Road on your left. At the corner is a blue yurt-like building, a gray shop building and a collection of cars for sale.  Turn LEFT on Sloway Gulch Road, also marked with a brown Forest Service sign "Sloway Gulch Road 389," and proceed 60 yards to a fork.  Stay RIGHT at the fork and go up a hill about 100 yards.  You will see a sign on your left for ROW Adventures and a red school bus.

From Missoula and points EAST:  

Take I-90 West to Exit 43 - Dry Creek Road.  At the bottom of the ramp, turn right and cross over the Clark Fork River.  At the T intersection, turn LEFT on to Sloway Frontage Rd (also known as Old US HWY 10).  Go 2 miles to Sloway Gulch Road on your right.  There is a gray shop building on the west side of the junction.  Turn RIGHT on Sloway Gulch Road, also marked with a brown Forest Service sign "Sloway Gulch Road 389" and proceed 60 yards to a fork.  Stay RIGHT at the fork and go up a hill about 100 yards.  You will see a sign on your left for ROW Adventures and a red school bus.


The closest airports are in Spokane, WA and Missoula, MT as well as a small municipal airport in Superior for private aircraft.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Here at ROW Adventures, our first and foremost goal is for you to have an enjoyable and safe experience. While most of our trips are suitable for beginners, some of our trips are more active than others and it’s important that you understand the physical requirement of the trip you choose. 

 

All rafting trips are active adventures that involve some level of physical exertion and possible exposure to the elements including but not limited to wind, rain, heat, sun, cold temperatures and cold water conditions.  ROW Adventures is able to accommodate people with physical limitations, disabilities, and medical conditions; please speak with your Adventure Consultant if you think you will require any additional assistance while on the trip.  We ask that you consult your doctor if you have health or medical conditions that could impact your ability to participate in an active and outdoor adventure.  In general, all trip participants must be able to do the following:  

  • Wear all protective and safety equipment that is required by ROW Adventures and recommended/required by industry-wide standards.
  • Load and unload, on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion, the bus and/or van providing transportation for ROW Adventures activities.
  • Reach the river access points (put-in and take-out) on their own, or with the aid of a qualified companion.
  • Enter and exit the raft, kayak and/or inflatable kayak on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion.
  • Remain seated and balanced in a floating raft, canoe, kayak or inflatable kayak w/ the aid of adaptive equipment, if necessary.
  • Perform all on water activities, including following instructions that like paddling commands from the guide in class I and higher whitewater on their own or with the assistance of a qualified companion. 
  • Float on their back when entering moving and still water.  The participant must be capable of turning from face-down to face-up in the water with the aid of a Personal Floatation Device and must be able to hold their breath while underwater.
  • Remain calm and keep breathing under control in the event of a whitewater swim.
  • Get out from under a raft, whether the raft is up-right or capsized, in moving water.
  • Climb into the raft, with the help of another person, should an involuntary swim happen at any point on the river.
  • Make progress toward the shoreline or a raft by swimming in moving water and must be able to exit the river and ascend the shoreline once reached.
  • Participate as an active paddler when instructed by the guide for the duration of the trip. 
  • Move about the campsite on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion on all trips that include overnight camping and/or lunch.

 

Click HERE to see Terms and Conditions. 

Important Notice: ROW has an excellent safety record, but you should know that whitewater rafting is 
inherently risky. You will be required to sign a "Release and Assumption of Risk" agreement prior to the trip, 
recognizing and accepting the risks involved. If you're interested in trip cancellation, travel or accident 
insurance, contact our office. We do not allow alcoholic beverages or any drugs

Reviews 62

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Betty Jewett
August 8, 2021 at 2:58 pm

Clark Fork adventure

Annebelle did a fantastic job as our raft guide. Very experienced and we laughed a lot. Would Taft again with ROW. Maybe the Rogue next time! Betty and Mickey Jewett.
Kent
July 18, 2021 at 4:05 pm

Fun Day on the River

Went on the Clark Fork trip. Had a great time. Some nice class I-III rapids plus some fun swimming. Guides were were well organized and professional.
Clare Fragomeni
July 9, 2021 at 7:37 pm

Simply the Best!

My family and I LOVED rafting with this fun crew of guides! All of them were efficient, well versed in river etiquette, and thoughtful during the duration of our raft trip. We had a blast! ROW knows how to hire the good ones! Thanks for a great time!
Peter Koehn
March 16, 2021 at 7:24 pm
Phenomenal trip! Experienced and knowledgeable guide. We had a ton of fun 👍
Lindy Boustedt
February 23, 2021 at 8:36 pm
ROW is a fantastic company! Our group has taken this rafting trip as a memorial ride for a family member who loved rafting. Everyone at the company not only helps us make this trip every year (we've been doing it since 2015) but they go above and beyond in making it special as a memorial celebration. It was hard not going in 2020 due to the pandemic and we can't wait to be back on the water with this team again soon. Our group always has a mix of skill levels - we all always feel safe and able to do everything we need to on the water to have a fantastic time. Can't recommend them enough!
Len Urgeleit
February 20, 2021 at 11:26 pm
We had such a great day. This was my 2nd trip with ROW and my girlfriend's first. Our guide was fun and had lots of interesting things to share with us about the geology and wildlife. We had our own guide with no other paddlers in our raft due to COVID. The staff takes care to keep groups distanced from each other and takes the COVID guidelines seriously, yet not get in the way of having fun. I recommend this trip to anyone going on their first rafting trip. It's fun and scenic with some big rapids, but nothing scary.
Lynn & Tom
February 18, 2021 at 4:15 am
My husband and I have done many river trips in the past and my sister asked us to join her as she had never done one. The guides made the trip fun and we all had a blast!! We would definitely like to do another trip :-)
Katie Palomino
February 16, 2021 at 7:14 pm
It was amazing! It was my first time rafting the guides were awesome too. Would totally go again! Rafting is EPIC
Caroline Griffin
February 16, 2021 at 3:13 pm
Too much fun. We didn't know river rafting even existed on the Clark Fork.
It was beautiful and we were treated to first class fun. Our guide made us feel special as he wouldn't let the other rafts ALL from the air force base, splash us oldies. But they sure tried to take our guide out, to no avail 😊. We laughed so hard it hurt. We also learned about the river and its history.
We would love to find out more about the other trips available.
I'm rating this as 100% perfect in every way.
Respectfully,
John and Caroline Griffin
Dianne Herz
February 15, 2021 at 11:49 pm
What a great raft trip. It is especially perfect for first timers or for a trip with kids. My 12 year old son and his friend had a blast. It's an easy day trip from North Idaho. Our guide was extremely personable and helpful. The scenery was magnificent. There were plenty of opportunities to jump in the river, float in the water, and jump off cliffs. There were also exciting rapids to make it a well rounded day.