For the adventurous, try an inflatable or sit-on-top kayak tour.
Discover the freedom and challenge of the river by paddling your own boat.
Experience not required. All kayak tours begin with paddling instruction.
Hellgate Canyon Scenic Tour – begins above Missoula, travels through Hellgate Canyon and ends in the heart of Missoula. You will most likely see eagles, osprey, deer and other wildlife. Available April through September.
Scenic Half-Day Tour – Lower Alberton Gorge - travels through the Alberton Gorge section of the Clark Fork River. The Alberton Gorge, created by Glacial Lake Missoula, is isolated from roads, has magnificent rock formations and dramatic rose-colored cliffs rising vertically on both sides of the river. You will likely see lots of birds, including osprey, mergansers, eagles, king fishers and hawks. We may also see deer, bear, moose or elk. History Buffs? All of our guides are well-versed in the history and geological features of the area. Daily departures available May through September. Tour ends with appetizers and beverages.
- Departs at 9am, 2 pm or 5 pm
- $120 per person, includes gear and kayak instructor (2 person minimum).
Scenic Half Day Tour – Blackfoot River – the river that Norman Maclean wrote about in A River Runs Through It. “I am haunted by waters,” Maclean says. See for yourself the beauty of this river and it’s landscapes. You too, will be enchanted by your memories of its wildlife, mountain views and fun stretches of gentle water with clear deep pools for swimming. Available May through June. Tour ends with appetizers and beverages.
- Departs at 9 am or 2 pm
- $120 per person, includes gear and kayak instructor (3 person minimum).
Scenic Tours Minimum age: 7
Whitewater Tours on the Alberton Gorge section of the Clark Fork River –
Looking for more excitement?! Our sit on top whitewater kayak tours through the Alberton Gorge offer beautiful scenery through long pools of flat water mixed in with fun class II & III rapids for excitement.
Half Day Tour – includes appetizers and beverages.
- Departs at 9 am, 2 pm or 5pm
- $120 per person, includes gear and kayak instructor (2 person minimum). Paddling experience helpful.
Full Day Tour – includes lunch served riverside.
- Departs at 9 am and returns between 2 pm – 4 pm.
- $160 per person, includes gear and kayak instructor (2 person minimum). Paddling experience required.
At the Deb Moravec School of Kayaking, we have a simple goal to make you a stronger kayaker. We offer whitewater kayak classes for every skill level, from basic river running to advanced playboating. Lessons are private and semi-private. Our experienced staff of instructors focus on the individual goals of each student. By never exceeding an instructor-to-student ratio of 1:3, we ensure that students receive the individual attention needed to be successful.
We emphasize safety, strong paddling technique and a high level of fun in all of our classes. We offer Dagger and Pyrana river-running kayaks as well as all the necessary gear to hit the river. If you have your own boat, you are encouraged to bring it to the lesson.
At the Deb Moravec School of Kayaking, we want to make you a better boater. Decide what areas of your paddling you would like to improve and give us a call – we will create a lesson just for you.
*Our River Safety and Rescue clinic is not a certified Swift Water Rescue course.
|Half-Day Semi-Private Lesson||$110.00|
|Full-Day Semi-Private Lesson||$150.00|
|Half-Day Private Lesson||$150.00|
|Full-Day Private Lesson||$200.00|
Gear is provided and lunch is provided on full-day trips and clinics.
Lessons are conducted at Frenchtown Pond, Brenan’s Wave and a variety of river access locations. For more information, give us a call at 800-537-8315.
Two-day kayaking clinic
The first day of the clinic will be held at the Frenchtown Pond. Frenchtown Pond is a perfect location for beginners to learn how to get in and out of the kayak, the wet exit and introduce stokes we use in kayaking. The forward stroke, the sweep stroke and the bow draw will be the strokes we will work on throughout the clinic. In the morning, we start practicing these strokes and also talk about the whitewater application of each stroke. We break for a delicious gourmet-style lunch. In the afternoon, we will practice our new strokes and the wet exit, preparing ourselves for DAY TWO and moving current.
On the second day, we begin on moving current (either the Blackfoot or Clark Fork River) practicing the strokes we learned the previous day. We will practice eddy turns in the moving current, while heading slowly downstream. An eddy is a calm area on the river, most likely by the shore or behind a rock. Kayakers use these eddies to slow down a rapid and rest, therefore it is important to know how to enter and exit an eddy. Break for lunch. In the afternoon we will go downstream slowly, while practicing our strokes and eddy turns and spend time talking about the whitewater application of everything you’ve learned. Meet time is 9 am at our business location and ends around 5 pm. All equipment and daily lunch is provided.
Price $220.00 per person. Two person minimum.
Two Day/One Night Trips
Day One: Meet in Missoula at 9 am. You will receive your own dry bag to pack your things and obtain any other camping gear you might need. We transport you to the river access where we have lunch riverside before a safety talk and then departure.
Paddling down the Blackfoot River, stopping periodically to enjoy the scenery, rest and have a bite to eat. The first day you will travel 14 miles down the Blackfoot River before stopping at your camp site. You can help your guide set up camp along the river’s edge, or just change clothes and relax as your guides prepare dinner. There are plenty of tales to tell around the campfire.
Day Two: Wake up to a hot cooked breakfast and fresh coffee! Once everyone is packed and ready to depart, you will travel another 9 miles along the beautiful Blackfoot River before finishing up near Bonner, Montana.
Meet place: TBA.
Meet time: 9 am.
Meals provided: Lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch and snacks.Finishing Time: 2 pm – 3 pm.
Directions from Missoula:
What to bring: Your clothes, swimsuits, fast drying clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses and straps, hats with straps, lotion, scandals or tennis shoes you don’t mind getting wet.