Glacier Guides/Montana Raft Co. has been hosting "Rafting For Refuse", an annual River Clean Up, since 1997. Every year on the 3rd Saturday of June, volunteers help clean the public river access points and along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River river corridor.
Montana Raft Co/Glacier Guides provides all of the necessary rafting equipment, expert guides and staff to coordinate the day. Volunteers meet at 9:30 am at the Glacier Guides/Montana Raft Co. office 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 Montana Raft office for volleyball and a complimentary barbecue. The BBQ begins around 2 pm. 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/Montana Raft Co. Although this is a free event, participants are required to sign up ahead of time. This event fills up fast.
Glacier Guides/Montana Raft Co. promotes a strong environmental message, with an emphasis on Leave No Trace ethics. During the river clean-up, your guides will provide information and insight into issues facing our river system and national parks. Participation in the River Clean Up and exposure to this information is even more important in light of growing river use, development pressure, and the expansion of mining at the headwaters of the Flathead River. This event is a great way to have fun while making a difference.
Rafting for refuse is every year on a Saturday in late June. Call Glacier Guides for details.