- Floaters have easy access to whitewater rafting near the Red Lodge area in the Stillwater River, Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone, and Rock Creek.
- Guided Whitewater Raft trips run for roughly $40-$45/adult for a half day and $75-$85/adult for a full day.
If you like the feel of a water rushing around you as you swirl down a magnificent river, whitewater rafting in the Red Lodge area of Montana is for you! You don’t need a lot of experience to enjoy this exciting activity if you go with an experienced guide or outfitter.
Plan to get wet and you may even take a short, unexpected dip in the river depending on what rapids you float.
Where to Go Whitewater Rafting
Floaters have easy access to whitewater rafting near the Red Lodge area in the Stillwater River, Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone, and Rock Creek.
The Stillwater River
- Buffalo Jump - Class I-II: The first 2-3 miles of this section are good rafters who don’t have a lot of experience or skill. Further on, the run has a rocky section that can be skillfully avoided. This is a good run to consider taking a guide with you at least the first time.
- Moraine - Class II-III: This difficult 12-mile run has rock gardens, holes, pour-overs, waves, and eddies for obstacles.
- White Bird - Class II: White Bird is popular for its easy access and extended float opportunities mid-April through November.
- Class III-IV Rock Creek is small but powerful section of sustained rapids that require concentration and quick reactions.
Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone
- Class III-IV Expert rafting ability recommended for this Lower 30-mile section.
Rentals and Fees
- Half Day Guided Whitewater Raft trips range from roughly $40-$45.
- Full Day Guided Whitewater Raft trips range from roughly $75-$85.
Hire A Guide
It’s important to hire one of the experienced guides and outfitters listed on this page unless you have proper equipment and are very good at reading and navigating river rapids. Guides and tours will help keep you and your group safe.
A whitewater rafter guided trip is easier logistically because you’ll usually have transportation back to your origination point. You also have required life jackets, helmets, and often snacks or meals provided in your float package.