On the Water

Register for trips and classes through our Online Portal or at the Outdoor Program front desk, which is located on the northeast corner of the Fitness and Recreation Center near Washington-Grizzly stadium.  Call (406) 243-5172 for more information.

Fundamentals of Whitewater Kayaking 1                             

March 16, 28, 30, April 4 (8:30-10:30pm in the Grizzly Pool)

April 6 & 11 (5-8pm through town on the Clark Fork River)

*River days are subject to be changed based on temperatures and river levels.

Register by: March 9      

Cost: $185 Includes gear, instruction, pool time, and transportation to and from the river.            

This is a fundamentals of kayaking class that starts with the basics and progresses with each session. The first half of the class is in the Grizzly Pool. We advance to moving water on the river from there.  You are welcome to bring your own boat or use one of ours.

Fly Fishing Class               

Classroom days (March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20) are in ED 214 from 6-8pm

Field days (April 8 and April 22) will be announced on their location in the classroom sessions.

Register by: March 27nd                              

Cost: $145                                                          

Instruction provided by the expert guides at Missoulian Angler.

Fundamentals of Whitewater Kayaking 2                             

April 13, 18, 20 (8:30-10:30pm at the Griz Pool)

April 25 & 27 (5-8pm through town on the Clark Fork River), and April 30 (All day on the Blackfoot River) *River days are subject to be changed based on temperatures and river levels.

Register by: April 10th                   

Cost: $185 Includes gear, instruction, pool time and transportation to and from the river.             

This is a fundamentals of kayaking class that starts with the basics and progresses with each session. The first half of the class is in the Grizzly Pool. We advance to moving water on the river from there.  You are welcome to bring your own boat or use one of ours.

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Course                   

April 21, 22 & 23 (9am-5pm)                       

Cost: $295                                                                          

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Whitewater Rescue Course is designed for professional rescuers, raft guides, and whitewater paddlers. Day one covers rescue fundamentals including equipment, organization, basic rules, reading water, and a raft trip through the Alberton Gorge focusing on inflow risk management and rescue situations. On days two and three we'll develop and practice skills on the river. We always modify the class based on the students rescue or paddling experience and background. While the initial emphasis is safety and self-rescue, the class offers an in-depth look at reading water, recognizing and avoiding hazards, quick rescue techniques, boat-based rescues, dealing with boat wraps, entrapments, technical rescue systems, and a variety of practical scenarios. We progress from a solid foundation of rescue skills, and practice into rescue scenarios on the river. No experience is necessary. The class is challenging, fun, and tailored to the student’s needs. It is certified through the Whitewater Rescue Institute.

WHERE/WHEN TO MEET: 9am

Montana River Guides headquarters, 138 Big Bend Lane Alberton, Montana, 59820. 

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.