One of the biggest changes we are making at LB this season is in the rafting department. We have a brand new rental fleet of boats fully rigged and ready to go. We sincerely just want them to get used. We want them to be around for a long time, but we also want them to be used. We have been rafting and camping in the Missoula area for a long time and have curated our boat packages to be exactly what makes the most sense. Our specialty is geared towards the weekend overnight or multi-day trip for people who do not have time to mess with the little things. We get that people are busy and we want to help take the repetitive trips to the gear shop, the hardware store, or even the grocery store out of the equation. I used to spend far too many late nights adjusting frames, finding gear, fixing trailer lights, and running around town just to get up and go to work, put a tie on and try and be out of town, wind in my hair and a tank top on by 5pm on Friday. By the time you get on the water you are wiped and cannot enjoy the trip as much as you had wished. Next thing you know it is over and you are stuck cleaning everything up. We want it be easy, and it can be. We want to provide not only the correct gear but also information on sections of river, what kind of wildlife to look for, put-ins and take-outs and the must stop hole-in-the wall bar to grab a burger at.
We have also expanded our rental equipment to keep our rivers clean for generations to come. Our rivers are getting busier and busier and one of the ways we can all help keep them clean is by following Leave No Trace principles. We also know that buying a $200-$300 gruver system and fire pan may not be in everyone’s budget. That is why you can rent them from us. These are required on the Middle and Main Salmon Rivers as well as the Middle and North Fork’s of the Flathead. We are happy to sell you these items, and as much as we really do not want to be in the waste management rental game, we feel it is our obligation to provide this to the community as a tool to help keep our rivers clean and educate river lovers on best practices.
Another way we will be making things easier for folks to enjoy their river time to the fullest is with our rental delivery program. For $10 you can have your rental gear delivered to your home or place of work or even hotel (within 5 miles of the shop). That is right, if you want a Raft, Pakraft, Paddle Board, Surf Board, Inflatable Kayak, Hard Shell Recreational kayak, or Whitewater Kayak delivered to you we will deliver it to your doorstep the night or afternoon before your rental day. Now, don’t get us wrong we want you to come enjoy a beer at Draughtworks before or after your trip with us but if you are in a rush, we are happy to deliver your rentals to you.