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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

Action Rentals in Western Montana.

Action Rentals

8955 U.S. Highway 93 N.
Olney, MT 59927

406.881.3510

Alta Ranch in Western Montana.

Alta Ranch

9203 West Fork Road
Darby, Montana 59829

406.349.2142

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge in Western Montana.

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge

150 Flathead Lodge Road
Bigfork, Montana 59911

406.837.4391

Bar W Guest Ranch in Western Montana.

Bar W Guest Ranch

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

406.863.9099

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals in Western Montana.

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals

17 Second St. E., Suite 210
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.203.5055

Glacier National Park in Western Montana.

Glacier National Park

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

406.888.7800

Glacier Outdoor Center in Western Montana.

Glacier Outdoor Center

12400 US Highway 2 East
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.888.5454

Great Northern Resort & Whitewater Rafting in Western Montana.

Great Northern Resort & Whitewater Rafting

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

406.387.5340

Montana Air Adventures in Western Montana.

Montana Air Adventures

1880 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.755.2376

Montana River Guides in Western Montana.

Montana River Guides

138 Big Bend Lane
Alberton, Montana 59820

406.722.7238

RiverView Ranch Retreat & Western Adventures in Western Montana.

RiverView Ranch Retreat & Western Adventures

28800 Southside Road
Alberton, MT 59820

406.382.9020

Rocky Mountain Hi RV Park & Campground in Western Montana.

Rocky Mountain Hi RV Park & Campground

825 Helena Flats Road
Kalispell, Montana 59901

800.968.5637

The Lakeside Motel & Resort Inc. in Western Montana.

The Lakeside Motel & Resort Inc.

2955 MT Highway 200
Trout Creek, Montana 59874

888.827.4458

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Western Montana.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

1380 Wisconsin Ave.
Whitefish, Montana 59937

877.887.4026

The Resort at Paws Up in Western Montana.

The Resort at Paws Up

40060 Paws Up Road
Greenough, Montana 59823

800.473.0601

Other Listings

7th Floor Missoula River Lofts

  • 4035 Foxfarm Road Missoula, Montana 59802
  • 406.239.6845
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A Beautiful House on Flathead Lake

  • 4558 Arcady Avenue Highland Park, Montana 75205
  • 214.478.4265
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A Cabin on Swan River

  • 20 Towne Drive #140 Bluffton, Montana 29910
  • 406.270.6586
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A Cabin on the River

  • 592 Waterfront Road Troy, Montana 59935
  • 406.295.4164

Angler's Lodge & Cabins

  • 815B US Highway 93 South Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.0980
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Ashley Lake Cabin

  • PO Box 4606 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.863.9337
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Aspen Shores Cabin, LLC

  • 16007 NE 203rd Crt Brush Prairie, Montana 98606
  • 360.604.9099
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Aspenwood Resort

  • 980 US Highway 89 West Browning, Montana 59417
  • 406.338.3009
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Astrid Cabin

  • 1071 Lochshyre Way Lawrenceville, Montana 30043
  • 678.694.7724
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Biggest Rental on Flathead Lake

  • 9899 Chamberlain Ventura, Montana 93004
  • 805.659.0740
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Bighorn Lodge

Bitterroot Cabin Creek Guest House

  • 5225 West Broadway, Suite 21 Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.721.5300
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Bitterroot River B&B

  • 501 South Ave Stevensville, Montana 59870
  • 406.777.5205
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Bitterroot River Log Home

  • 5815 Ellison Lane Florence, Montana 59833
  • 406.531.0740
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Blackfeet Outfitters

  • 1720 10 th. Ave S #142 Great Falls, Montana 59405
  • 406.450.8420
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Blackfeet Rafting Company

  • PO Box 385 Babb, Montana 59411
  • 406.450.8420

Bobtail Lodge B&B

Bootjack Lake Lodge

  • PO Box 4606 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.863.9337
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Brown's Cabin Home

  • PO Box 264 West Glacier, Montana 59936
  • 406.888.9073
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Bull Lake Waterfront Rental

  • 23708 East Broken Lance Lane Liberty Lake, Montana 99019
  • 509.710.6354
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Cabin Creek Landing B&B

  • 1771 Bitterroot Dr Marion, Montana 59925
  • 406.854.2126
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Camp Tuffit

  • 48629 Camp Tuffit Rd Proctor, Montana 59929
  • 406.849.5220
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Cherry Pines on Flathead Lake

  • 2535 Gilbert Ave Missoula, Montana 59802
  • 406.544.9436
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Coram Creek Cabin

  • 2610 Trumble Creek Road Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.261.3039
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Creekside Vacation Cabin Rentals

DRB Property Management, LLC

  • 2275 Helena Flats Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.257.8528

Double Arrow Lodge

  • PO Box 747 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.677.2777
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Duck Lake Loft

  • 30239 234th Avenue SE Black Diamond, Montana 98010
  • 360.886.9323
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Dunrovin Ranch

Flathead Lake House

  • 11530 Greenacre Road Missoula, Montana 59804
  • 406.396.7902

Flathead Lake Resort

Flathead Lake Retreat Farm

  • 31928 Lake Retreat Lane Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.982.3555
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Flathead Lake Suites

  • 829 Angel Point Road, PO Box 768 Lakeside, Montana 59922
  • 406.844.2204
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Flathead Lake Vacation Cabin

  • 414 Harbor Dr S Polson, Montana 59860
  • 727.639.7594
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Flathead Wakeboard Academy

  • 670 Echo Chalet Village Drive Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.212.8837
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Gaynor Ranch B&B

  • 32318 Bisson Ln Polson, Montana 59860
  • 406.883.3807

Glacier Chalet

  • 500 Parkway Drive Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.250.6546
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Glacier Country Cabin

  • 733 Yoeman Hall Road Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.250.4503
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Glacier Park Inn B&B

  • PO Box 190753 Hungry Horse, Montana 59919
  • 406.387.5099
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Glacier Peek Getaway

  • 529 Trap Road Columbia Falls, Montana 59912
  • 406.892.0990
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Glacier Ridge

Glacier River Home

  • PO Box 4423 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.862.5500
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Glacier Riverfront Vacation Rental

  • PO Box 158 Hungry Horse, Montana 59919
  • 406.387.4000
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Glacier Vacation Rentals

  • PO Box 4761 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.471.7794
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Grizzly Cabin at Glacier Park

  • PO Box 390 West Glacier, Montana 59936
  • 406.387.4249
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Halfmoon Lake Lodge

  • PO Box 364 West Glacier, Montana 59936
  • 406.387.5774
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Hannon House Vacation Rentals

Happy's Roadhouse Inn

  • 72576 US Highway 2 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.7810

Harbor Mountain Properties

  • PO Box 4389 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.862.5511
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Heart In Home Property Management

  • PO Box 2924 Kalispell, Montana 59903
  • 406.890.0717
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Hidden River Lodge

Historic Yellow Bay Lodge

Island Lodge

  • 2433 MT Hwy 83 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.244.5200
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Jackie's Spoon Lake Cabin

  • 44-531 Kaneohe Bay Dr, Kaneohe, Montana 96744
  • 808.236.4277

Jane's Place Montana

King's Cabin

  • PO Box 575 West Glacier, Montana 59936
  • 406.260.6532
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Kokanee Cabin

  • 145 Somerset Drive Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.270.6366
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Kootenai River Outfitters

Lake Five Resort

  • PO Box 338 West Glacier, Montana 59936
  • 406.387.5601
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Lake Lodge

  • PO Box 897 Frenchtown, Montana 59834
  • 406.626.2493

Lakefront Hide Away in Somers Bay

Lakeshore Rentals

  • PO Box 4606 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.863.9337
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Langton Lodge

  • PO Drawer 15637 Hattiesburg, Montana 39404
  • 601.705.2429

Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures

Lone Elk Lodge

  • 20631 Hwy 2 East Glacier Park, Montana 59434
  • 406.226.9285
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Lonesome Crow Ranch

  • 311 Lower River Rd Heron, Montana 59844
  • 406.847.2526
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Loon Song Lodge

  • 432 East Idaho, C-437 Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.253.8445
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Lupine Meadow Lodge

  • PO Box 1612 Pleasanton, Montana 94566
  • 925.989.4113
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Luxury Ski-In Condo

  • 101 Perry Place Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 971.275.4486
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Many Springs Flathead Lake Resort

  • 24377 MT Hwy 35 Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.982.3900
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Martin's Vacation Rentals

McGregor Shores Lakefront

  • 340 McGregor Ln Marion, Montana 59925
  • 406.858.2422
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Missoula Riverside Vacation Rental

  • 5225 West Broadway, Suite 21 Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.721.5300
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Montana Lake Cabin

  • 5160 Shoreline Dr Ketchikan, Montana 99901
  • 907.617.5251
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Montana Log Cabin

Mystic Mountain Retreat

  • 692 Camino El Dorado Encinitas, Montana 92024
  • 619.871.5372
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North Fork Chalet

  • 5058 Whitefish Stage Road Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.862.2145
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Olsoy Condo Rentals

  • 12362 Double Eagle Drive Mukilteo, Montana 98275
  • 425.349.1907

Osprey Cabin

  • 5225 West Broadway Suite 21 Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.721.5300
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Paradise Log Cabin Hideaway

  • 53455 Hafdahl Lane La Pine, Montana 97739
  • 541.419.1280
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Polebridge Mercantile Rental Cabins

  • 265 Polebridge Loop Polebridge, Montana 59928
  • 406.888.5105
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Rainbow's End Vacation Rental

  • 330 Goodrich Road Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.756.5779
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Riverside Cottage

  • 822 Sweathouse Road Victor, Montana 59875
  • 406.369.0644
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Romantic Somers Bay Boathouse

  • 334 North Juniper Bay Road Somers, Montana 59932
  • 406.261.5536
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Rugg's River Ranch Cabins

  • 116 Black Bear Trail Superior, Montana 59872
  • 406.822.4240
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Rustic Pine

  • 62564 US Highway 2 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.5267
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Sailors Home

  • 5531 US Highway 93 South Somers, Montana 59932
  • 406.857.2461
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Seeley-Swan Vacations

  • PO Box 647 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.677.6600
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Serene Lakefront Cabin

  • 16007 NE 203rd Crt Brush Prairie, Montana 98606
  • 360.604.9099
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Six Mile Estate

Spoon Lake Camp

  • 3255 Summerset Drive Bozeman, Montana 59715
  • 406.599.9568

Stoner Creek LLC

Stumphenge

Sunset Farmhouse

  • 180 Hidden Valley Drive Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.871.8374
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Swan Family Home

  • 31478 Rocky Point Rd Polson, Montana 59860
  • 406.253.0855
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Swan River Cabin

  • 281 1st Avenue West North Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.755.3726
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Tailwater House

  • PO Box 228 Livingston, Montana 59047
  • 406.370.3179
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Tamaracks Resort

  • PO Box 812 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.677.2433
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The Cabin at West Glacier

  • PO Box 1746 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.250.9415
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The Lodge at McGregor Lake

  • 12250 US Hwy 2 W Marion, Montana 59925
  • 406.858.2253
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The Lodges on Seeley Lake

  • PO Box 568 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.677.2376
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The Mighty Mo Bungalow

  • 121 Johnson Lane Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.257.9577
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The Orchard House on Flathead Lake

  • 40 West 14th Street, Suite 4B Helena, Montana 59601
  • 406.457.5541
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The Railway Loft

  • PO Box 1746 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.250.9415
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The Riverhouse

  • 14248 SE 270th Place Kent, Montana 98042
  • 253.638.0472
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The Roost Lodge

The Stone House at Duck Lake

  • PO Box 1746 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.250.9415
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Turtle Bay Living

  • 405 6th Avenue East Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.407.6255
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Two Rivers RV Park

  • PO Box 102 Noxon, Montana 59853
  • 406.847.2291

U of M Vacation Home

  • 5707 West Harrier Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.880.0152
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Valley Maintenance & Property Management

  • 8000 Montana Highway 35, Suite #1 Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.837.6679
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Whitefish Property Management

  • 505 East 2nd Street Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.863.4651
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Whitetail Lodge

  • 1106 N Pittsburgh St Kennewick, Montana 99336
  • 509.783.3165
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Wild & Scenic River Retreat

  • PO Box 190219 Hungry Horse, Montana 59919
  • 406.260.5429
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Yaak River Lodge

  • 27744 Yaak River Rd Troy, Montana 59935
  • 406.295.5463
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