Yellowstone River RaftingBig, beautiful and free-flowing, the Yellowstone River rolls along the north boundary of Yellowstone National Park and through the many rapids of upper Paradise Valley. This is a wonderful river for all ages. We love rafting and we want you to love it too!
Help the Yellowstone Raft Co. celebrate our 35th season running rafting trips on the Yellowstone River!
We are the only company to be fully permitted by the National Forest Service and National Park Service to run raft trips on the Yellowstone River. That means we access the river right at the northern border of Yellowstone National Park and offer the longest half day trip on this stretch of river. Our guides are trained in Swiftwater Rescue, First Aid, CPR and all boats carry emergency safety equipment to ensure a fun and safe adventure for you and your family and friends.
Call 1-800-858-7781 any day for reservations or more info.
Half Day Yellowstone WhitewaterOur experienced guides will show you fun and excitement on this outstanding 8 mile, Class II-III white water stretch of the Yellowstone. This is a perfect shorter trip for your family at approximately 2 hours on the water and a 3-hour round trip.
All trips begin at our office where our friendly staff will check you in, answer any questions you may have, and help you get geared up. A short drive will take you to the river access site right at the Northern Boundary of Yellowstone, where the Gardner River joins the Yellowstone River.
The Half Day Trip:
After a brief river orientation and paddle instruction from your guide, we get right into the action with waves we affectionately call "Wake Up" followed by "Pumphouse rapids" and "Bridge Rapids". Next comes "Maneater", "Julia's waves", "Locher's", "Picketts" and "Rock Garden". All fun rapids guaranteed to give you the splashes you've come for. At this point the rapids become a little more spread out and you'll have the opportunity to take in some of the scenery before "Queen of the Waters" and "Airport rapids". Pristine views of Mount Sepulcher and Electric Peak will captivate you as you float along Yellowstone's northern boundary and towards the "Sleeping Giant", a rapid known for its late summer awaking. You'll pass by Osprey nests and Bald Eagles as they fish along the banks of the mighty Yellowstone River. Brave rafters will have a chance to feel the current if they choose to swim through "Swimmers Rapid". You'll pass by The Devil's Slide and witness geothermal phenomenon at La Duke Hot Springs. "Preacher's, Brogans, and Last Chance Rapids" will conclude the half day trip just upstream of Corwin Springs, a small Montana community steeped with history. From the takeout a driver will bring you back to our office where you can change into dry clothes and check out photos of yourself, friends, and family braving the rapids. Our office is located downtown and within walking distance of many fine restaurants and local gift shops.
Trip times: 10 a.m., 11a.m., 2 p.m., 3p.m. (and 5:15 p.m. mid June to mid August)
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paper work and get geared up.
During May and Sept. trips leave twice a day: once in the morning (10 or 11 am) and once in the afternoon (2 or 3 pm). Please contact us if you have a large group and cannot make the available time option.
Child: $30.00 (ages 6 to 12)
Full Day Yellowstone RiverSet aside a full day of your visit to the Yellowstone area for an unforgettable 18-mile trip down this magnificent river. The Yellowstone offers exciting Class II-III+ rapids in a spectacular setting.
The full day trip begins right at the northern boundary of Yellowstone and you'll get all the fun rapids of the half day trip and more. The Full day trip continues on down the river for another nine miles past the half day take out, stopping at a private beach with a superb swimming hole and shade trees. Our deli style lunch is the best on the river, prepared fresh before you by your guide on the beach. After lunch there will be time to relax and take in more of the lasting vistas of the Greater Yellowstone area and Paradise Valley. During the last five miles of the trip you'll find yourself floating through the historic and legendary, rock walled Yankee Jim Canyon. There you'll find "Yankee Jim's Revenge", "Big Rock", "The Pinch", and "Boxcar" rapids. A few small rapids will then conclude your trip and leave you ready to do it again the next day!
This trip departs daily at 9:30 a.m Full day trips generally return to our office around 3:30 p.m. (depending on water levels).
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paper work and get geared up
Child: $60.00 (ages 6 to 12) Age restrictions may apply during spring run off, call for details
ScenicJoin us for a relaxing 2 hour round trip seeing the world at natures pace. We start our trip along the northern border of Yellowstone National Park under the towering Electric Peak (the 6th tallest peak in Yellowstone). You'll pass by natural geologic wonders such as Boiling Beach, La Duke Hotsprings, and the Devil's Slide. This trip is designed for people looking to take in the vistas and hear about the rich history of the area while being rowed through minor whitewater and relaxing calm stretches.
This trip is available at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paper work and get geared up
Child: $30 (minimum age is 4 yrs old)