Spring runoff impacts rafting businesses


BOZEMAN, Mont. - This season's spring runoff has led to the Gallatin River's highest water level since 2011.

The runoff, combined with cool spring weather, slowed business for some rafting companies.

Montana Whitewater raft guide Ethan Greaves told NBC Montana that while the water levels provide for an intense ride sometimes it can get out of hand.

"We've had a really cold beginning of June this year, which is giving us a little slower of a start than most years," Greaves said. "Although the water levels are super fun, we did have a couple of weeks that they were above our 3,500 cutoff."

Greaves encouraged rafters to wear the correct safety gear and travel with a guide in rough conditions.