Our Montana River Guides

Natty Role, Raft Guide and Science Teacher
Natty grew up floating the multi-day rivers of central Idaho where he began his guiding career. Natty joined Western Waters in 2005, guiding on the Clark Fork River in the summer while coaching kayaking in various foreign destinations in the winter. Natty is now a high school teacher in Montana and spends more time with a fly rod than he does in a whitewater kayak. He returns every summer to guide for Western Waters. He is one of the best Montana River Guides!

WyattWyatt Zylawy, Raft Guide, Musician, Hunter

Wyatt is the newest addition to the team here at western waters. Born and raised about 3 miles from the Gorge on the family ranch, Wyatt is no stranger to it’s waters and has been rafting and kayaking since he was old enough to swim. When he is not on the water, Wyatt enjoys the outdoors in other ways through hunting deer, elk as well as wolves. Being an avid singer/songwriter in the family brother bluegrass band, you will also find him with his guitar in hand doing what he loves most – playing music. When on the river with Wyatt ask him to sing a few songs for you! I’m sure he will be happy to oblige.
Todd Richey, Manager and Kayaker
Todd, 28, has been kayaking for 11 seasons and rafting for 5 seasons. He is a graduate of the University of Montana, with a Recreation Management and International Development degree. He has safety kayaked, guided, worked in Uganda Africa, Yosemite California, British Columbia Canada, all over Southern Chile, Veracruz and Chiappas Mexico. Todd has worked with Adventures with Western Waters for three years. When not on the water, you can find Todd climbing, biking, fishing, skiing, skating, or any number of recreational activities. An active enthusiast of life in general, he enjoys reading others perspectives on it and finding his
own. Time willing, he’ll be able to exchange stories with one of the many new people he meets every trip out.

Austin Crisp, Raft Guide and Water Technician
Austin works with his family business doing water testing and makes sure we all have great clean drinking water….as well as clean water to play in during the summer. Austin previously worked at Rolling Thunder River Co. and has worked with Western Waters for five seasons. Austin kayaks, rafts, and wears water wings. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

Sara Forsythe, Operations and Marketing, Co-Owner
Sara grew up in South Dakota and fishes with a pole, bobber, and worm. She screams loudly when going through rapids, and holds onto rafts when they flip causing problems for her husband Jared. She is the Founder of the Community Art Center in Missoula and now works as an Art Teacher in Coeur d’Alene with her husband while running Coeur d’Alene Adventures and Adventures with Western Waters behind the scenes.

Jared Forsythe, Fishing Guide, Raft Enthusiast, and Owner
Jared grew up in West Yellowstone Montana, exploring the many fishing holes, mountains, and rivers in his backyard. Attending the University of Montana provided him with yet another great backyard–Montana’s Bitteroot Mountains and the rivers of Northern Idaho. Jared graduated from the University of Montana in Environmental Science. Offering outdoor adventures in his home state only seemed fitting. He is one of the best Montana River Guides in the Missoula area!