Rafting businesses afloat on rising rivers


MISSOULA, Mont. - Raging rivers can mean more fun for people who depend on that motion for sport or business.

Local rafting tour guides are benefitting from a healthy snowpack runoff and sporadic heavy rains this season.

Mike Johnston owns Montana River Guides. He said that he is "busier than ever" with the river rescue part of his business. His advice is to get an experienced guide and "make sure everybody has great equipment."

Wayne Fairchild, of Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures, monitors river levels hourly. That is how he knows which river is at the best level and safest for his tours. He said, "It's been a perfect runoff season for us so far.

Both guides say they are not having record seasons, just good ones, because the river levels are not significantly different from years past.