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Kayaking Paddling Montana’s Rivers

Paddling Montana’s Rivers

Whether you're looking to park and surf, float, or run the river, Western Montana is a prime kayaking destination. And with rivers like the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Kootenai and Middle Fork of the Flathead, our region provides plenty of paddling options. You can also kayak many of our lakes.

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Paddling Destinations

Brennan's Wave

Missoula
Located in downtown Missoula on the Clark Fork River, Brennan's Wave is a popular play place. At most water levels, you can surf, spin or cartwheel.

Alberton Gorge

Alberton
Located 30 minutes west of Missoula on I-90, the Alberton Gorge is a popular destination for both whitewater rafting and kayaking. The gorge provides class II, III and IV rapids (depending on the season). Guide companies offer rafting and kayaking trips as well.

Blackfoot River

Missoula
Located 20 miles east of Missoula on Highway 200, Johnsrud State Park offers an ideal location for beginning kayakers, complete with beautiful scenery.

Middle Fork of the Flathead River

West Glacier
With its glacial blue waters, the Middle Fork provides a picturesque setting for hitting the waters in your kayak. And if you don't want to hit the water solo, guided rafting and kayaking trips are available from several area companies.

Kootenai River

Libby
Located in the northwest corner of Montana, the Kootenai River offers miles of self-guided paddling. While some sections of the river require excellent paddling skills and are best served by a guide, many sections of the river provide calm and uncrowded paddling.

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Featured Listings

Action Rentals in Western Montana.

Action Rentals

6235 U.S. Highway 93
Whitefish, MT 59937

406.881.3510

Adventure Missoula in Western Montana.

Adventure Missoula

39 Juniper Lane
Alberton, MT 59820

406.813.0595

Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge in Western Montana.

Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge

150 Flathead Lodge Road
Bigfork, MT 59911

406.837.4391

Base Camp Bigfork in Western Montana.

Base Camp Bigfork

8525 State Highway 209
Bigfork, MT 59911

406.871.9733

Camp Kapapa in Western Montana.

Camp Kapapa

27885 Old U.S. Highway 93
Elmo, MT 59915

406.214.0302

Glacier Bear Retreat in Western Montana.

Glacier Bear Retreat

348 Grist Road
West Glacier, MT 59936

406.848.1771

Glacier Guides Lodge in Western Montana.

Glacier Guides Lodge

120 Highline Blvd.
West Glacier, MT 59936

406.387.5555

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft  in Western Montana.

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft

11970 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, MT 59936

406.387.5555

Glacier Outdoor Center in Western Montana.

Glacier Outdoor Center

12400 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, MT 59936

406.888.5454

Glacier Park Rafting in Western Montana.

Glacier Park Rafting

12127 U.S. Highway 2 E., Suite A
West Glacier, MT 59936

406.888.8754

Glacier Raft Company in Western Montana.

Glacier Raft Company

106 Going-to-the-Sun Road
West Glacier, MT 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, MT 59936

406.387.5340

Haymoon Resort in Western Montana.

Haymoon Resort

1845 Hodgson Road
Whitefish, MT 59937

406.730.8786

Montana River Guides in Western Montana.

Montana River Guides

138 Big Bend Lane
Alberton, MT 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

Sky Eco - Glacier General Store & Cabins in Western Montana.

Sky Eco - Glacier General Store & Cabins

10630 U.S. Highway 2 E.
Coram, MT 59913

406.414.7538

Snowy Springs Outfitters Inc. in Western Montana.

Snowy Springs Outfitters Inc.

15600 U.S. Highway 2 E.
Essex, MT 59916

406.226.9225

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Western Montana.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

1380 Wisconsin Ave.
Whitefish, MT 59937

877.887.4026

The Raven Bar & Grill in Western Montana.

The Raven Bar & Grill

15321 State Highway 35
Bigfork, MT 59911

406.837.2836

Travel Montana in Western Montana.

Travel Montana

PO Box 16
Red Lodge, MT 59068

888.758.8687

Other Listings

Bitterroot Backpacking

  • 1519 Ashberry Court, Suite 12 Missoula, MT 59801
  • 732.272.6878
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FLUX Adventure Designs

Glacier Bear Cabin

  • 47 McDonald Creek Lane West Glacier, MT 59936
  • 406.233.9600
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Paddlefish Sports, LLC

  • 70 Lakeside Blvd., City Beach Whitefish, MT 59937
  • 406.260.7733
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Slow Drift Shuttles

St. Mary/East Glacier KOA Holiday

  • 106 West Shore Road St. Mary, MT 59417
  • 406.732.4122
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Tamaracks Resort

  • 3481 State Highway 83 N., Mile Marker 17 Seeley Lake, MT 59868
  • 406.677.2433
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