Can You Whitewater Raft in Yellowstone?


Amidst the captivating landscapes of Yellowstone, the question often arises: can you whitewater raft in Yellowstone National Park?

While the answer is a regrettable no, thrilling whitewater rafting awaits at Flying Pig’s headquarters at the Northeast Entrance in the charming town of Gardiner, Montana.


Rafting in Yellowstone National Park Is Prohibited

As much as we’d love to navigate rivers within the heart of Yellowstone, the regulations are clear: all Yellowstone National Park rivers are closed to boating (except a small stretch of the Lewis River). 

This protective measure is designed to preserve the park’s delicate ecosystems and maintain the serenity of its waters.


Where to Raft the Yellowstone River

Just a stone’s throw away from Yellowstone’s Northeast Entrance lies Gardiner, Montana—our hometown and your base for a thrilling whitewater rafting experience.

Whether you’re a seasoned rafter seeking the exhilaration of Class III rapids or a first-timer looking for a milder river adventure, our whitewater rafting trips cater to all levels of experience.

Select one of the following trips, made for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike:

Half day whitewater rafting

Thrilling whitewater rapids on a 2-hour trip on the exhilarating Yellowstone River! This unforgettable adventure delivers adrenaline-filled fun and beautiful scenery.

Full day whitewater rafting

Spend the entire day rafting the Yellowstone River, with the excitement of Class II & III whitewater rapids as well as plenty of time to relax and enjoy the pristine wilderness of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Scenic river float

A serene 8-mile trip on a mellow section of the Yellowstone River, with stunning views of wildlife and scenery. Perfect for families with young children, or those seeking a relaxing and beautiful float.

Overnight rafting trip

Perfect for the whole family, with the right combination of whitewater thrills and natural beauty! You’ll experience Montana’s best: exciting rapids in the Yellowstone River, eagles of the Paradise Valley, the jagged caps of Yellowstone’s Electric Peak, endless stars at night, and the genuine hospitality of Montanans.

Raft the Yellowstone River With Flying Pig

While you can’t go whitewater rafting inside Yellowstone National Park, the opportunity to experience the thrill is close at hand with our fun, expert river guides.

If the rush of the Yellowstone River’s rapids is calling your name, reserve your Yellowstone whitewater rafting trip with us today and dive into an adventure!