I forgot how amazing the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes bike path really is – today I remembered. Probably the Best of Biking in Coeur dAlene, welcome Spring! It follows the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way from Mullan, a mountain mining town near the Montana border, to Plummer, a town on the prairie near the Washington border. More than 71 miles of paved path takes you from high mountain splendor, through the historic Silver Valley, into the chain lakes region, and in this picture: along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. This part goes over the Chatcolet Bridge to Heyburn State Park, and finally climbs to the Palouse prairie: an adventure for the entire family indeed.
The trail is an awesome fit for experienced bikers, beginners, and everyone in between. Whether you want to take on as many miles as you can, or just enjoy a quick afternoon ride, this trail rocks! (But remember literal rocks and bike tires don’t mix.) Lucky for us, the paved trail extends our biking season and keeps our tires spinning. This is hands down the best Coeur dAlene biking trail.
Once you enter Missoula, Montana your journey through the Rocky Mountains begins. Missoula Montana Glacier National Park Rafting is a must do for a summer vacation! The surrounding Missoula Mountains are part of the Bitterroot mountains. The Bitterroot’s are a amazing mountain range where many tourist activities begin. You can Zip Line, horse back ride, rent kayaks and find some of the best White water rafting between Missoula and Glacier National Park. This section of white water is known as the Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River. You can easily travel to this great white water stretch along I-90. This 11 mile stretch boast 15 rapids and the best scenery any rafter could ever ask for. The Alberton Gorge does not have the crowds that the surrounding rivers around Glacier National park encounter and twice the scenery! If you want to enjoy a true river journey, consider floating the Alberton Gorge between Missoula, Montana and Glacier national park.
Adventures with Western Waters is the original outfitter of whitewater rafting through the famed Alberton Gorge. Our experienced staff will provide a fun and safe experience for people of all ages! Rafting the Clark Fork is considered to be the best whitewater rafting in the state.
Alberton Gorge Full Day Raft Trip (25 min. Missoula. 2 hour drive CDA, April-Oct.)
This 12 mile river trip provides 15 rapids and breath taking scenery down the Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River. The trip starts at 10AM and wraps up around 4PM. Locally sourced, homemade lunch featuring fresh garden grown produce is provided. A great one day river adventure! See more details
Alberton Gorge Half Day Raft Trip (25 min. Missoula, 2 hour drive CDA, April-Oct.)
This 12 mile river trip provides 15 rapids and breath taking scenery down the Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River. The trips start at 9AM, 1pm and 4PM. A great three hour river adventure! See more details
Every so often, we will get a call about going chilly winter whitewater rafting on the Clark Fork River. Rafting is one of those sports that is plenty extreme on its own. But rafting in the cold, unforgiving winter? We think this photo looks a little like what Adventure Missoula style might be this time of year. The mountains are where you are more likely to find us during the snowy months.
We do tend to book quite a few trips during the winter for warmer months. Rafting and fishing trips are awesome presents, booking these during the winter leave us daydreaming about the river. Luckily, spring time always seems to come quickly. It is never too early to plan your dream trip for the upcoming summer, call us all winter long!
Need Labor Day family activities? Look no further then a raft trip down the Clark Fork River. Labor day originally took notice to the economic and social contributions of our nations workers. Now, it’s a symbolic day marking the end of summer, start of school, and massive retail sales. Take back what commercialism has done to this day and celebrate with your family on a wet and wild float down the Albertan Gorge. You have worked hard for your family, now take a moment to enjoy them. The air and water are still warm, waves are still splashing, and the family hasn’t started running around with school and practice schedules dictating their precious free time. Give us a call today, or book a trip online. Squeeze out that last drop of summer.
Founded in 1985, the Clark Fork Coalition is dedicated to protecting and restoring the Clark Fork River basin, a 22,000-square-mile area draining western Montana and northern Idaho. They have over a 27-year-long record of substantial achievements improving the health of the watershed.
We are supporting the Clark Fork Coalition by donation 5% of the proceeds from raft trips this summer to them. Type in clarkforkc when booking this summer to donate a portion of your raft trip to them!
Every lake, river, and stream is only as healthy as its origins. For the Clark Fork, those origins are everywhere – contained in a 14 million-acre tapestry of forests, mountains, meadows, cities, towns and ranches spanning most of western Montana. Every inch of this vast watershed impacts the aquatic lifelines that flow through it, and the human and natural communities they sustain. In 2012, they worked hard to keep our waters running cold and clean and added millions of gallons of water in key tributaries through irrigation upgrades and water storage projects!