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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

Bitterroot Backpacking in Western Montana.

Bitterroot Backpacking

1519 Ashberry Court, Suite 12
Missoula, MT 59801

Camp Kapapa in Western Montana.

Camp Kapapa

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

Glacier Bear Cabin in Western Montana.

Glacier Bear Cabin

47 McDonald Creek Lane
West Glacier, MT 59936

Glacier Outdoor Center in Western Montana.

Glacier Outdoor Center

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

Glacier Park Rafting in Western Montana.

Glacier Park Rafting

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

Glacier Raft Company in Western Montana.

Glacier Raft Company

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

Other Listings

FLUX Adventure Designs

Paddlefish Sports, LLC

  • 70 Lakeside Blvd., City Beach Whitefish, MT 59937
  • 406.260.7733
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Polebridge Mercantile, Bakery and Cabins

  • 265 Polebridge Loop Polebridge, Montana 59928
  • 406.888.5105
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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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Wolf Trail Montana

  • 148 W. Shore Duck Road Babb, MT 59411
  • 406.459.5990

Zoo Town Surfers

  • 1001 S. Fourth St. W., Suite 5 Missoula, MT 59801
  • 406.546.0370
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