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Water Rafting | Alberton, MT

Zoo Town Surfers | By water rafting
5077 Old US Hwy 10 W, Alberton, MT 59820
2.3k 712

How Much

$49 - $75


All ages


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Contact Info

406.546.0370 Visit Website Buy Tickets


Zoo Town Surfers originally formed as just a youth kayak club, and was going to serve as a summer time program for local teenagers under World Class Kayak Academy. Since 2004, ZTS has expanded into a full on white water rafting and kayaking business.  

As a business owner waterman, I want to share the experiences I have on the water with you. That is one of the main reasons I started Zoo Town Surfers. My main goal is to show friends, family, and guests all that a river has to offer and hope that they will walk away with a greater appreciation of our rivers.

Our mission is simple at Zoo Town Surfers:  We want to share our passion for spending time on the rivers by creating experiences and opportunities that will bring out the best in you.

Our headquarters, Crystal Springs serves as a meeting point for raft, kayak, and stand up paddle boarding trips and also is a great place to “connect” with our guests. Crystal Springs has amenities such as deck, picnic tables, hot showers, changing rooms, retail shop, complimentary beverages, and darn good horseshoe pits! 

Join us for an experience on the river you will never forget!


Jason Shreder (owner, lead guide, kayak instructor, cook, and janitor)

P.S. Where did our name come from? Missoula (pronounced MiZOOla) has been nicknamed "Zoo Town" by many. So, we combined Zoo Town with our love of "surfing" the river, and there you have it!

Zoo Town Surfers are Montana's experts in river rafting trips.  Missoula is a community where rivers are a way of life.  If you come to Missoula and want to go on a rafting trip, go with the Zoo Town Surfers.  All of our guides are experienced  kayakers who live, work, and play on the rivers where we guide.  With this connection to the rivers of Missoula, and over a decade of experience guiding and instructing guests, we look forward to showing you the best of what our local rivers offer.

We specialize in working with our guests to create the perfect day on the river, and our ability to meet the needs of any guest or group is unsurpassed.  Our headquarters is conveniently located right off I-90 and is minutes away from the legendary Alberton Gorge, making last minute trips and changes easy.

Zoo Town Surfers offers custom white water and scenic raft trips.   Whether you prefer your trip to be whitewater, scenic, sightseeing, full day, half day or for just a few hours, our professional and friendly staff will help plan your next rafting trip.  Missoula rafting is at it's best with Zoo Town Surfers.

Don't see what you're looking for on our site?  Let us know and we will accommodate!  Our specialty is custom trips and we're able to plan the ideal river experience that will meet your specific needs. Want to incorporate gourmet meals, wine tasting, river snorkeling, side hikes, or afternoon naps on the beach? All these things -- and many more -- are possible!

 At the end of the day, our guests are already anticipating their next river adventure with Zoo Town Surfers.

If you would like to book your rafting trip or any other service, or should you have any questions, just give us a call at  (406)-546-0370 or send us an inquiry at waves@zootownsurfers.com.

Montana white water rafting with Zoo Town Surfers gets you into some of the best white water western Montana has to offer.  Here at Zoo Town Surfers we offer small, custom trips matched to your group’s preferences and sense of adventure.  Our professional guides focus on the details, giving you the personalized attention you deserve and expect from a local company.  Our headquarters overlooks the Alberton Gorge and is ideal for rafting trips, company outings, family reunions, wedding parties, and bachelor/ette parties.  Book your Montana white water rafting adventure with Zoo Town Surfers!

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River offers great Montana white water rafting, adding amazing scenery and wildlife to the fun. Mossy rock, ponderosa pines, and crystal clear water make the Blackfoot a popular spot among Missouliains.  The river is classified as Class I-II(III) whitewater. Close to Missoula, the Blackfoot River is easily accessible for a half-day float, full-day float, or a two-day overnight trip for those who wish to spend the night alongside the river in the great outdoors. Traveling through the beautiful Blackfoot River Corridor, our guides will work to keep you safe and dry or steer you through the wettest ride possible — it’s all up to you. In May and early-June the river can run fast and high for a more exciting ride or, if you wish, toward the mid-summer months the water drops for a more casual summer ride emphasizing fun swimming holes, lots of sun, and a meandering stream bed through the Montana wilderness.


The Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River offers the best whitewater rafting in Western Montana. The gorge is lined with spectacular canyon walls, raptors, wildlife, and incredible rapids. In early spring, the Alberton Gorge is a big water raft trip.  As the water drops, the gorge becomes more defined and forms dozens of Class I-III rapids such as Triple Bridges, Boat Eater, Tumbleweed, and Davey Jones’s Locker. The gorge offers whitewater rafting all year long!


Our headquarters, Crystal Springs, is right off of exit 65, on HWY 90, and overlooks the Alberton Gorge.  Only 5 minutes from the put-in and take-out, last minute changes, shuttles, and river access are simple and easy.  Crystal Springs is an ideal location for post-float barbeques, family reunions, and company outings. Crystal Springs is fully equipped with hot/cold showers, clean bathrooms, horseshoes, warm/cold beverages, and a retail shop.  Raft, then kick back and relax and enjoy some homemade salsa and a cold beverage on one of our decks overlooking the Alberton Gorge.  Stop by and see us! We’re there every day, all summer long.


During the last ice age, approximately 20,000 years ago, the Clark Fork Valley rested along the southern edge of the Cordilleran ice sheet covering western North America. The ice sheet advanced and formed and ice dam on the river, creating Glacial Lake Missoula which stretched through the Clark Fork Valley across central Montana. The periodic rupturing and rebuilding of the ice dam released the Missoula Floods, a series of catastrophic floods down the Clark Fork and Pend Oreille rivers into the Columbia which sculptured many of the geographic features you see on the Alberton Gorge. The gorge has some of the oldest sedimentary rock in the world.