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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.

Recreate Responsibly Plan Ahead, Play it Safe, and Leave No Trace.

Featured Listings

Action Rentals in Western Montana.

Action Rentals

6235 U.S. Highway 93
Whitefish, MT 59937

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

20 Summit Ave.
Somers, Montana 59932

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

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