Clark Fork River (Alberton Gorge) Rafting
Whitewater rafting on the Alberton Gorge section of Montana's Clark Fork River (courtesy, ROW Adventures)
Clark Fork River (Alberton Gorge) Rafting at a Glance
Price: $
River Rapid Class: II-III
Trip in Miles: 12 miles
Trip Duration: 1 day
Season: July-September
Raft Types: Paddle Raft, Oar Raft, Inflatable Kayak
River Sections: Alberton Gorge
Nearby Towns: Alberton (MT), Missoula (MT)
Gateway City: Alberton (MT)
Driving Times: Missoula (MT): 0.5 hour; Helena (MT): 2.5 hours

Depending on water levels and choice of craft, the Alberton Gorge stretch of Montana's Clark Fork River is a fun half- to full-day ride for rafters of all levels. It's located less than an hour’s drive from Missoula. Hidden in the woods from nearby I-90, the river cuts through a deep canyon with dramatic rose-colored cliffs that’s home to wildlife including deer, bears, ospreys, and turkey vultures. This is a big volume, big ride river with lots of roller coaster waves. Better yet, it’s an ideal late-summer ride, with later runoff from the eastern slopes of the Bitterroot Mountains providing plenty frothy fodder when other regional rivers are nearing their low-water mark.

Published: 4 May 2011 | Last Updated: 25 Aug 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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