Since 1997, Glacier Guides and Montana Raft has hosted "Rafting For Refuse." Every year on a Saturday in June, volunteers help clean the public river access points along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River river corridor.
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft provides all of the necessary rafting equipment, expert guides, and support staff to coordinate the day. Volunteers meet at Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, located on US Hwy. 2, 1.5 miles west of West Glacier. After gearing up, participants are divided into smaller groups and shuttled to various river access points. Volunteers pick up trash from the river access put-ins, then float the river, stopping to pick up refuse. It's a short shuttle back to the office for volleyball and a complimentary cookout. It's recommended that volunteers bring work gloves, a water bottle, and a change of clothes. To join as a volunteer (ages 12 and up), please contact Glacier Guides and Montana Raft. Although this is a free event, participants are required to sign up ahead of time. This event fills up fast.
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft’s mission is to provide exceptional active travel vacations and experiences in and around Glacier National Park while preserving and protecting Glacier’s unique ecosystem using the best available ecologically sound practices.
Conservation ethos are are at the heart of everything we do, and Rafting for Refuse allows us to shine a spotlight on Leave No Trace ethics, in particular. During the river clean-up, your guides will also provide information and insight into issues facing our Wild and Scenic Flathead River System and Glacier National Park. Exposure and participation in the Rafting for Refuse is even more important in light of growing river use and development pressure. Come on out and help us to preserve our rivers for generations to come!
Rafting for refuse happens every year on a Saturday in late June. Call Glacier Guides and Montana Raft for details at 406-387-5555 and be sure to check out our website for more details.