Great Northern Guides LLC

+1 406 387 5340
PO BOX 270, 12127 Highway 2 East, West Glacier, 59936, Montana, United States of America

At Great Northern Whitewater Resort, located just a mile from the West Glacier entrance to Glacier National Park, you can enjoy a complete Montana experience. Stay in our beautiful log cabins, spend time on the river whitewater rafting or fly fishing and even host your wedding or family reunion with breathtaking views of the mountains as your backdrop. Our resort provides a perfect base for exploring beautiful Glacier National Park.Our team of experienced river guides is also available to take you on an unforgettable adventure. Enjoy the rugged scenery while floating the glacial fed Flathead River that defines the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. Let our experienced river guides navigate you down eight miles of Class II-IV rapids on the Middle Fork, entertain you on a scenic float or advise you on the right fly to hook a world-class Cutthroat Trout in the crystal clear waters.We also offer a range of river education and safety classes through our Glacier River School. From kids programs to Swiftwater Rescue certifications for the professional boater, our RQ3 and ACA instructors will make sure you have the skills you need to have fun and be safe on the river.




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Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Day Trip Packing List

We want you to have a great time while rafting with Great Northern Resort
and be comfortable as you join us on the river.  “What to wear”  is a
frequently asked question and will depend upon river and weather
conditions.  The weather during the summer can vary from the 30’s
(usually in the evening) to the 100’s.  One saying around here, “If
you don’t like the weather wait a few minutes and it just might
change.”   We suggest that you bring a fleece jacket or a warm wool
sweater just in case it gets cold.    We can provide you with rain
suits or splash and fleece jackets for those chilly or wet days.  For a
minimal fee we also rent wetsuits and booties.

Plan to be here 45 minutes prior to trip departure time. All river trips depart from our Great Northern Resort office. We are located 1 mile SW of the west gate of Glacier National Park on US Highway 2.  Look for the Red Caboose!  

We supply Type V Approved lifejackets, complete rainsuits for adults and children, professional guides on every trip, delicious meals on specified trips and round-trip transportation from our parking area.

always ask, “Will I get wet?”  If you are going on a whitewater trip
the answer is absolutely YES!  Our rafts are self-baling boats – this
means that no matter what kind of trip you are on your feet will get
wet.  If you don’t have water shoes, sandals or shoes that you don’ t
mind getting wet –  you can rent our wetsuits booties for $2.50 for
half day or $5.00 for the full day. 

What to Wear:

  • Bathing suit or a light shirt
  • Shorts, capris
  • Cap, hat or visor
  • Sunglasses with retainer
  • Sunscreen
  • Shoes or sandals are MANDATORY – they must have a strap around the ankle

For cooler weather:

  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece or wool socks
  • Rain jacket or pants
  • Gloves
  • Insulating long underwear

Additional items to bring:

  • Water – something to drink
  • Waterproof camera
  • snacks
  • dry clothes, shoes & towel for after the trip

What NOT to bring:

  • expensive jewelery
  • non-waterproof cameras
  • car keys (leave these in the office with our staff)
  • anything you don’t want to lose on the river

Our store sells chums (retainers for your glasses), t-shirts, sweatshirts, sunscreen,waterproof cameras, snacks and drinks. 

See you on the RIVER!

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G_*reat Northern Resort* is located one mile from the west entrance to Glacier National Park. We are approximently 25 minutes from *Glacier International Airport. *Missoula
is 2-2 1/2 hours south of us and Spokane 4-5 hours west. When traveling
east on Highway 2 the resort is on the left side of the road across
from Rawhide Out Post – you’ll see the red caboose on the hill. Coming
west you will pass our neighbor Glacier Heli Tours.
Turn right onto the next driveway and join us for refreshments,
lodging, rafting, fishing or kayaking. Our peak season begins in June
and goes through August. For your convenience the office staff is
available seven days a week._

Mailing address
PO BOX 270, 12127 Highway 2 East
West Glacier
Zip / Postcode
State / Region
United States of America

Latitude: 48.476667
Longitude: -113.84102