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Whitewater Rafting Yellowstone & Big Sky

Compare the Rivers We Raft



We proudly run Yellowstone & Big Sky whitewater rafting trips on the Yellowstone, Gallatin, and Madison rivers. All three of these rivers flow out of Yellowstone National Park. They are among the most beautiful and pristine waters in the lower 48 states. We have everything from technical class IV rapids, to fun splashy class II and III rapids, to scenic relaxing class I rapids. Yellowstone & Big Sky whitewater rafting trips are fun for the whole family!

How to Choose the Best Yellowstone Whitewater Rafting for your Group

Montana Whitewater offers trips on what we believe are the three best rivers for whitewater rafting Yellowstone National Park. Let us help you choose the best trip for your group!

River Comparison:

River Location/Convenience - Are you closer to one or another?

Remember, there is no whitewater rafting available within the boundaries of Yellowstone Park. All white water rafting near Yellowstone occurs just outside the park.

Yellowstone River office is in Gardiner- right at the North Entrance of Yellowstone.

Gallatin River office is 60 miles north of the West Entrance of Yellowstone –  Big Sky, MT.

Madison River is near Ennis, MT. We meet our guests at the trip take-out at Warm Springs.

Water Level - What is your groups comfort zone?

What is your groups comfort zone?

• The Yellowstone River is lots of fun but not extremely challenging. Great for kids, first timers, school groups and many others. You can paddle or ride along. If you are staying closer to the Yellowstone, but want more challenge, don’t forget about our small boat or inflatable kayak trips.

• The Gallatin River has options for less challenging or more challenging. The more challenging “Lower” includes the Mad mile – a legendary stretch of rapids – the longest in the area. You are expected to paddle. The less challenging stretch is known as the “Upper.” It includes fun, short class III rapids that offer a thrill for all ages. Most of our trips begin on the northern most part of Beautiful Big Sky Montana.

• The Madison River has some class III rapids in the morning and an afternoon of scenic floating. Participants who are uncomfortable traveling on the class IV Kitchen Sink rapid can walk a nice trail around and watch the boats go through. This small group trip is characterized by the unique wilderness river setting.

River Scenery – What will I see around me?

• The Yellowstone River runs through a wide, high desert valley with grand mountain views all around. This generally means lots of warm sun, wave rapids, and the potential to view wildlife from the river. The road is nearby, but not apparent during most of the trip. View Yellowstone Rafting Photo Gallery

• The Gallatin River winds through a rocky, narrow canyon. It has dramatic scenery with rock outcroppings and thick pine forested mountains rising directly from the shore. The road is nearby this premier stretch of whitewater.

• The Madison River is the most remote and scenic as it is a wilderness run with no roads next to the river. It runs through a narrow, rocky canyon full of wildlife and beautiful views to take in. The lunch stop is a great place to sit back and enjoy the wilderness setting.

Trip Prices – What is your fun budget for this trip?

The Yellowstone River is least expensive, the Gallatin River a little more and the Madison River is the premier trip. There are no hidden charges for wetsuits. Kids 17 and under receive a discounted price on most of our trips so the whole family can enjoy the river. Also, keep in mind that you can make a reservation ahead of time without any deposit and only a 24 hour cancellation policy. Pay when you arrive!