Saturday, September 23, 2023


This Public Lands Day Flathead Rivers Alliance, Montana Kayak Academy, Friends of the Avalanche Center and Logan Health invites the public to join their river and winter gear swap and celebration Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 2023 2PM-7PM at Marantette Park (133 13th St. E., Columbia Falls). Enjoy an afternoon of gear swap, live music by Radio Ranch, food trucks, beer and community. Anyone can bring and sell river and winter related equipment, new and used during one-day event. Additional special guests Gateway to Glacier Trails and Flathead National Forest will be on hand with pop-up information booths. Come toast to the float season, kick-off snow season and celebrate the region’s incredible waterways and public lands!

GEAR SWAP (2-5 pm)
Do you have used or new river or winter gear you would like to sell or donate? There are several ways to participate in event while supporting both non-profit organizations: sell person to person, silent auction- you get asking price and anything above is donated, or donate gear. Buy, sell, and donate any gear for river and winter sports. Small or large, new or used, everything is welcome, but it must be in good condition. We will also have a free pile.

Three options for gear donors/sellers:
• Bring gear donations to Marantette Park starting at 8 am on Saturday
• Make arrangements to donate gear in advance by emailing
• Show up to the swap to sell your gear yourself, and donate some (or all!) of the proceeds
If you have snow or river gear to donate you can email Dave Meyers at or drop it off at Marantette Park in Columbia Falls at 9 am on September 23rd.

Congrats to the Cedar Creek runners! Marantette Part is a 10-minute walk from the finish line at the Coop. Please use crosswalks when crossing Highway 2

Tunes by Radio Ranch, grub by Wagyu Wagon and Indah Sushi, cold refreshments by Flathead Lake Brewing Company

$25 to enter. One winner advances per bracket. Funds raised will be split 50/50 between the winner and our non-profit partners

Sign up for a volunteer shift! There are several opportunities to participate. Sign up here:

For information, visit or email or

Flathead Rivers Alliance supports and enhances the outstanding and remarkable Three Forks of the Flathead River, while ensuring access and enjoyment for all. The river system has the significance of inspiring the idea of a National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and contributing 85% of the water entering Flathead Lake.

Montana Kayak Academy provides free certified whitewater kayak instruction to youth; instilling confidence, respect and river stewardship.

Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center provides quality and timely forecasts, education, and materials to meet our enthusiastic and growing user base both from local users and tourists to the area.

Marantette Park
133 13th St. E
Columbia Falls, MT 59912 United States
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Saturday, September 23, 2023
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