On the Water

Register for trips and classes online, or at the Outdoor Program located on the northeast corner of the Fitness and Recreation Center near Washington-Grizzly stadium.  Call (406) 243-5172 for more information.

Alberton Gorge Rating Trips

  • When: August 24 and 27 (all day – meet at the ODP at 8am and return around 5pm) 
  • Description: Spend a day running great class III + whitewater while enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Alberton Gorge just west of Missoula. Spots are limited so sign up early.
  • Register by: August 24
  • Pre-Trip Meeting: None
  • Cost: $65  Equipment, transportation, guides and lunches provided. 

Fundamentals of Whitewater Kayaking Session 1

  • When: Sept 8, 13, 15 (pool, 8:30-10:30pm), Sept 20 (eddy, 5-8pm), Sept 22 (town run, 5-8pm) and Sept 24 (all day Blackfoot day). 
  • Description: Learn basic paddling strokes, how to read whitewater, the Eskimo roll, and boat safety.
  • Cost: $185 This includes gear, instruction, pool, and transportation.
  • Register by: September 6

Fly Fishing Class

  • When: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29 (classroom ED 312, 6-8pm), Sept 24 and Oct 2 (field TBD) 
  • Description: Learn what you need to know to become proficient at fly fishing. Instruction provided by the Missoulian Angler.
  • Register by: September 6
  • Cost: $145 includes 4 classroom lectures and 2 field days. Equipment will be provided.

Swiftwater Rescue Training Class

  • When: Sept 9, 10, 11
  • Description: [Through the Whitewater Rescue Institute] Swiftwater Rescue Training Class is a certified three day course designed for raft guides and private boaters. The Whitewater Rescue Technician emphasizes safety & self rescue, reading water, recognizing and avoiding hazards, quick rescue techniques, boat-based rescues, dealing with boat wraps and entrapments, technical rescue systems, and a variety of practical scenarios. This class is sponsored by the Whitewater Rescue Institute. We analyze footage of actual river rescues in the classroom and progress from a solid foundation of rescue skills and practice into rescue scenarios on the river. The class is challenging, fun and tailored to the students needs. A manual, test, patch, I.D. card, and certification are included. Location Blackfoot River & Alberton Gorge.
  • Register by: September 2
  • Cost: $295  Includes Equipment, instruction, text, and materials

Fundamentals of Whitewater Kayaking Session 2

  • When: Sept 29, Oct 4, Oct 6 (pool, 8:30-10:30pm), Oct 11 (eddy, 5-8pm), Oct 13 (town run, 5-8pm), and Oct 16th (all day Blackfoot day).   
  • Description: Learn basic paddling strokes, how to read whitewater, the Eskimo roll, and boat safety.
  • Cost: $185 Cost includes: instruction, equipment, transportation and pool rental.
  • Register by: Sept 27

Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking Class

  • When: October 2
  • Description: Paricipants need to know the basics of kayaking and are ready to take it to the next level.
  • Register by: September 28
  • Cost: $75 includes equipment and instruction.

Campus Recreation is an equal opportunity service provider that conducts certain activities under special permit with the US Forest Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Bureau of Land Management. The University of Montana's Campus Recreation trips are permitted on the Lolo, Bitterroot, and Clearwater National Forests (Clause VII.B.). The UM Outdoor Program is partners with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and a member of the American Canoe Association, Trout Unlimited, The Access Fund and the Professional Ski Instructors of America.