Support the Clark Fork Coalition

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!

Family Activities in Missoula Montana

If your looking for some Missoula Montana family activities… consider white water rafting the Clark Fork rivers’s Alberton Gorge, located  only 40 minutes or about 35 miles away from Missoula. The 12 mile run consists of class two to three white water that is fun for ages 5 +!!! A full day trip will consist of a relaxed pace through the canyon with cliff jumping, swimming, lunch, peacefulness, and nature viewing. If your a bit tight for time the half day trip takes 3.5-4 hours and offers the same section of water but at a expedited pace with out lunch and side stops.

The rafting trip offers stunning canyon views, river otters, beavers, Bald Eagles, Osperey, ducks, and plenty of excitement. In the dead of summer….Why not go cool down in the river for a day? The water is 70 degrees and the sunshine plentiful. Hope to see you out there enjoying one of our nation’s and Missoula’s river gems.

You won’t regret it. Call Adventure Missoula at 406-518-0595.

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                                  A Maps view of the put in at Cyr, to the take out at Tarkio.
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A view of mile 4 around the cliffs of Sandy    beach’s

Missoula Montana Guided Fly Fishing

Montana fly fishing is every where you look

Adventure Missoula has been guiding fishing trips in Montana since 1976. Our guides are old school. We fish ourselves, no fancy cameras, just out fishing on the Montana rivers. We have over 45 years of guiding experience and many fishing tales. We seek the river stretches with low volume of people, providing a relaxing day and great scenery. We provide guided fishing trips on the Black Foot, Bitterroot, Clark Fork and Missouri. Looking forward to this upcoming fishing season!

Give us a call at 406-518-0595

It wouldn’t be a trip to Missoula, or Montana, without a fishing adventure. We’ve all seen the fly fishing movie, A River Runs Through It, right? Fishing is absolutely central to this community.

Missoula is the land of 3 Rivers.

With three rivers to choose from – the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and the Clark Fork of the Columbia – as well as Rock Creek, famous for its blue ribbon fishing, you have an almost endless selection of stretches to explore. The angling is so good here, that Forbes Magazine named Missoula one of North America’s top ten trout fishing towns.

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Guided Fishing: Fly Fishing Missoula

40 years of guiding experience under our belts has given us a reputation as the most knowledgeable guides for fly fishing in Montana (Jared Forsythe, Outfitter #10749).

Adventure Missoula can boast that there are 7 major rivers within two hours driving time from our shop-centrally located- with the purpose to have the time of our lives guiding others and enjoy it ourselves.

Jared Forsythe

We track the river flows, follow the hatches, and understand how the wild and unpredictable weather affects our rivers and streams. We pride ourselves on being true Western Montana natives.


_________________________________________________________________________Adventure Missoula offers full day and half day trips on the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Bitterroot,  and other Western Montana rivers where we employ drift boats or small sport rafts outfitted to navigate these rivers.

Our rivers are noted for Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brown and Bull trout, while neighboring forest banks provide views of deer, elk, beaver, osprey, eagles, kingfisher, geese, and the occasional moose.

Whether you are an avid fly fisherman or a novice seeking a new way to spend time in the great outdoors, our guides will suit your needs and we’ll make sure you have the right person. Come join us for a guided fly fishing Montana trip. It’s worth the money and you’ll learn a ton. We have guides for spin fishing and fly fishing. Our shop is located on the river at Cyr, MT exit off of I-90, 25 min. outside of Missoula.

We offer 5 styles of trips with an option to upgrade to a combo trip on the Clark Fork. 

#1 COMBO Trip: Whitewater/Fishing (25min. Missoula, 90min drive from Coeur d’Alene, April-Nov.) *OUR SPECIAL MT GEM TRIP

Alberton Gorge combo trip Fly Fishing raftingOur customers frequently say that the Alberton Gorge trip is the most exciting day they have ever had on a fishing/rafting trip . Most of the bigger fish in the river hold up in the pools at the bottom of the rapids so you never know what you might catch. You may choose between fly fishing or spin fishing, and we have limited guides that can do this trip, book ahead. You will have to wear a high flotation vest much of the day, and all the gear gets put away for Triple Bridges, Tumbleweed, and Fang rapids but you can cast away on everything else! See More Details!
Price: 2 people-$500, 1 person $450 (2ppl max per boat)

#2 Fly-Fishing or Spin Fishing Full Day (45 min. from Missoula, 90min drive from Coeur d’Alene, April-Nov.)

We offer full day trips on the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and other Montana rivers. This full day adventure with a lunch and a private guide all to your own allows you to take in all the information and experience stories and knowledge from our wonderful guides. See More Details!
Price: 2 people-$475, 1 person $390

#3 Fly-Fishing or Spin Fishing Half Day (45min. Missoula, 90min drive cda, April-Nov.)

Montana fly fishingAdventure Missoula offers Half Day trips on the Clark Fork River. We’ll set you up with one of our guides for a wonderful half day experience with us to get your taste of fishing in our area. See More Details!
Price: 2 people-$375, 1 person $325

#4 The Trifecta Trip (Epic 3 Day Western MT Adventure Deal)

Big Rainbow Trout Clark Fork spinning tackleTeen fishing camp

The Trifecta Trip is one of the best featured trips in Western Montana and is offered exclusively through Adventure Missoula.  This trip includes one day each on the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, and Clark Fork rivers for $435 each day=$1,305 for two people. Many want to experience the infamous world-class whitewater combo fishing trip on the Clark Fork. Make this addition for an experience of a lifetime for $75. Spin or Fly Fish (your choice!) We’ll make sure we set up a great guide for each of these days.

Price: 2 people $1035 with option to upgrade to a COMBO on the Clark Fork for $75, 1 Person: $885

#5 Two Day Missoula Angler Adventure (April – Nov.) Clark Fork and choice of Blackfoot or Bitterroot River

DSCN0989The largest river by volume in Montana, the Clark Fork drains an extensive region of the Rocky Mountains in western Montana and Northern Idaho. It is gorgeous, huge, and our favorite river by far. The Blackfoot is a fast, cold river with many deep spots, making it prime habitat for several varieties of trout. It is one of the most famous stretches of water in the world and was featured in A River Runs Through It. The Bitterroot is gorgeous with it’s views and an amazing fishery.

Price: 2 people-$900, 1 person-$800


An Adventure Missoula Guide Favorite: *THE COMBO TRIP UPGRADE *If you want the chance to fish for the Clark Fork River trout in the Alberton Gorge and enjoy going through 15 rapids all on one river trip, give us a call. We are one of the few outfitters who have a commercial Alberton Gorge permit. Our 15 foot NRS raft outfitted with casting platforms, seats and lean bars provide the perfect comfort for fishing and rafting. A portion of the trip is spent casting streamers deep into the river behind large submerged boulders and into deep eddy lines. Dry fly action is plentiful with few fishermen on this stretch of river. If this trip interests you give us a call at 406.813.0595 or book online!


The Seasons Wondering when the season starts and ends? Our season starts in mid-March and lasts until the middle of November. The month of April is a great month to start the fishing season. We have early beatis hatches and the big guys the fish are licking their lips at: the skwala, gray drakes, March browns and blue wing olives. In the months of June and July the stone fly and caddis hatches provide favorable fishing conditions. The fall season is a great way to end the season with Montana’s spectacular dog days of summer. The fall season provides October caddis and mahogany hatches that provide plenty of opportunity to catch fish before winter, and a great way to end the season fly fishing Montana!

Sara Forsythe with Western Waters
Wanting to spend a whole week or two fishing or exploring the area? Superior and St. Regis are centrally located in the Clark Fork River Basin with many rivers and streams near by. There is plenty of water around to explore and fish and our knowledgeable staff and fully equipped rafting/fishing shop can ensure a successful, fun and memorable local fishing adventure for days! Call us. 406-813-0595.Steve

Other Rivers

The Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers are only an hour drive east of our shop, located on the river at Cyr, MT Exit. Rock Creek, a blue ribbon stream is one and half hours drive east, only 30 minutes outside of historic Missoula and the St. Regis River and Fish Creek are both 15 minutes from our shop. Another blue ribbon fly fishing creek, Kelly Creek is one a half hour drive from Superior, as is the St. Joe River in Idaho. And don’t forget the Clark Fork River, plenty of trout and our shop is only footsteps away from the river. Give us a call to talk about the big one. You’ll never forget Fly Fishing Montana!!!

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Missoula White Water Rafting


Adventure Missoula

Adventure Missoula (formerly Adventures with Western Waters) has been in business since 1976!  We were the first company offering white water rafting trips down the Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River.  We are in driving range of Missoula, Montana, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Spokane, Washington.  We pride ourselves in being a small mom and pap rafting company.  Everyday is unique and we look forward to spending the day with folks on the river.  Our lively guides are locals from Montana and Idaho.  We offer full day trips and half day trips. Although the Clark Fork River is our home river, we also provide trips down the Bitterroot and Blackfoot as well. Visit our site and book online, or call one of our girls in the office to get your trip set up today!

Missoula Rafting

This is how it feels and looks as we are starting to eat Tumble Weed Rapid on the Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River.  This half day raft trip is one of the most epic things you can do out of Missoula, Montana. It is a 25 minutes drive from Missoula, Montana to visit Adventure Missoula and take this adventure with your family. Believe it or not, it’s actually world class and family friendly….making it the most sought after trip in the western United States.

1st boat ride

You may place a reservation at any time on our website by looking through your options and clicking on the Book Now buttons. This sends us a message with all the information you’ve entered. It saves your credit card info without us seeing it and is not charged until we confirm with you. When we confirm and schedule your trip, your booking is finalized and you will receive an email with all the detailed information regarding your adventure.

Rafting Reservations

We offer world-class whitewater rafting and scenic trips throughout the Inland Northwest and Western MT region. Try to reserve a few days out in June or Septeber and about a week out in July and August.Making reservations early is the best way to get your spot on a rafting trip going out at the time you prefer.Our (most popular) Half Day family white water adventure departures are 9am, 1pm, and 4pm and 30 minutes from Missoula at our shop.Full day whitewater rafting trips on the world class Montana Clark Fork depart at 10am and meet 30 minutes from Missoula at the shop.

Reserve a Whitewater Adventure

Scenic trips on the majestic Clark Fork viewing the Tarkio Canyon in MT departs at 9:30am and 2:30pm.

Blue ribbon spring fed family float trips on the Coeur d’Alene River meet in CDA or at the river put in at 9:30am and 2:30pm.

Reserve a Scenic Raft Float Trip

Whitewater Rafting and Raft Trips

Adventure Missoula 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 and world-class.

We offer the following 3 whitewater river trips

1. Alberton Gorge Clark Fork River Full Day Whitewater Rafting River Trip (25 min. from Missoula, 2 hour drive from Coeur d’Alene ID) Our customers meet right at the river entrance! We run this trip April-Oct. If you are driving over the MT/ID border either direction there is a time change.

White Water Rafting Alberton Gorge

This 12 mile river trip provides 15 rapids and breath taking scenery down the world-class Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River! The Clark Fork is the largest river in MT by volume. The trip starts at 10AM and wraps up around 4PM. Locally sourced, homemade lunch featuring fresh garden grown produce is provided. Trip includes swimming, lunch break, and more! A great one day river adventure! See more details

Price: Adults-$85 Ages 6 to 17 – $79


2. Alberton Gorge Clark Fork Half Day Whitewater Rafting River Trip (25 min. Missoula, 2 hour drive from Coeur d’Alene, ID) This trip is run April-Oct. If you are driving over the MT/ID border either direction there is a time change.

Alberton Gorge RaftingThis 12 mile river trip provides 15 rapids and breath taking scenery down the Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River. It is the same route as the full day adventure, we just go quicker, no lunch is served, and is meant for those who want a half day thrill! Trips depart daily at 9AM, 1pm and 4PM. A great three hour river adventure! See more details

Price: Adults-$57 Ages 6 to 17 – $50


3. Lochsa Full Day Raft Trip (2 hour drive from Missoula. 3 hour drive from CDA) This trip is run April-July 1st. only and requires higher water to go. If you are driving over the MT/ID border either direction there is a time change.

The Lochsa is truly one of the best rivers in the world for adrenaline soaked adventure in the midst of amazing natural beauty. The Lochsa is a free-flowing, wild and scenic river that bounces down a steep granite canyon. The river is surrounded by a lush forest and beds of dense moss. With close to 40 rapids in our 20-mile “day run”, many of them class IV, every trip down the river is an exciting challenge.  All rafters must be at least 16 years old and helmets are required. Price: Adults-$105

Call to book this adventure: 406-813-0595

If you are en route to Glacier National Park, take a break with Adventure Missoula and join us for a half day raft trip!