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Canoeing Paddling Montana’s Waters in a Classic Canoe

Paddling Montana’s Waters in a Classic Canoe

Channel the spirits of Lewis and Clark and hop in a canoe for a traditional and relaxing way to explore Western Montana's rivers, lakes, reservoirs and streams. For a real adventure, turn your canoe trip into an overnight camping adventure.

Many of our adventure guides, outfitters, resorts and ranches offer canoe rentals (note that there are many different types of canoes, and there’s a right one for you) and gear like paddles and PFDs. Some also offer guided canoe trips. See our featured business listings below for more information.

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Where to Paddle

Most of Montana’s rivers can be run in a canoe, but, like any water sport, the less experienced you are, the flatter you’ll want the water to be. Local outfitters can help you find the best match.

Here are a handful of good places to start:

  • Clearwater River Canoe Trail in the Seeley Valley
  • Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park
  • Flathead Lake
  • Lake Como in the Bitterroot Valley
  • Kootenai River (from Libby Dam to Libby)

PLAY IT SAFE!

Montana river conditions can be dangerous. Be sure to use proper caution, wear a PFD and dress appropriately when hitting the river. Know your limitations, respect the river and exercise proper caution by avoiding rivers when they are running high or during cold weather. Also, be sure to respect property rights and stream access laws. Visit Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for the latest information on stream access.

Featured Listings

Alta Ranch

Alta Ranch

City: Darby
Phone: 406.349.2142

9203 West Fork Road
Darby, Montana 59829

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.837.4391

150 Flathead Lodge Road
Bigfork, Montana 59911

Bar W Guest Ranch

Bar W Guest Ranch

City: Whitefish
Phone: 406.863.9099

2875 U.S. Highway 93 W.
Whitefish, Montana 59937

Daily Trail Rides - Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge

Daily Trail Rides - Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.837.4391

150 Ranch Rd
Bigfork, Montana 59911

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals

City: Kalispell
Phone: 406.203.5055

17 2nd Street E Suite 210
Kalispell, Montana 59901

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.888.7800

64 Grinnell Drive, Glacier National Park Headquarters
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier Outdoor Center

Glacier Outdoor Center

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.888.5454

12400 US Highway 2 East
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier Raft Company & Glacier Outdoor Center

Glacier Raft Company & Glacier Outdoor Center

City: West Glacier
Phone: 800.235.6781

12400 US Highway 2 East (POB 210 TP)
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Great Northern Whitewater Raft & Resort

Great Northern Whitewater Raft & Resort

City: West Glacier
Phone: 800.735.7897

12127 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Lakeside Motel & Resort Inc.

Lakeside Motel & Resort Inc.

City: Trout Creek
Phone: 888.827.4458

2955 MT Highway 200
Trout Creek, Montana 59874

Montana River Guides

Montana River Guides

City: Alberton
Phone: 406.722.7238

138 Big Bend Lane
Alberton, Montana 59820

Park Cabin Co.

Park Cabin Co.

City: Babb
Phone: 406.407.0809

75 West Shore Duck Road
Babb, Montana 59417

Rocky Mountain Adventure Gear

Rocky Mountain Adventure Gear

City: Seeley Lake
Phone: 406.677.8300

3192 State Highway 83 North
Seeley Lake, Montana 59868

Rocky Mountain Hi RV Park & Campground

Rocky Mountain Hi RV Park & Campground

City: Kalispell
Phone: 800.968.5637

825 Helena Flats Road
Kalispell, Montana 59901

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

City: Whitefish
Phone: 877.887.4026

1380 Wisconsin Ave.
Whitefish, Montana 59937

The Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up

City: Greenough
Phone: 800.473.0601

40060 Paws Up Road
Greenough, Montana 59823

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