things to do in the water
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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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:
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.
6235 U.S. Highway 93
150 Flathead Lodge Road
2875 U.S. Highway 93 W.
8775 U.S. Highway 93 N.
20 Summit Ave.
64 Grinnell Drive, Glacier National Park Headquarters
12400 US Highway 2 East
12127 U.S. Highway 2 E.
138 Big Bend Lane
28800 Southside Road
825 Helena Flats Road
2955 MT Highway 200
1380 Wisconsin Ave.
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