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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.

Featured Listings

Action Rentals in Western Montana.

Action Rentals

City: Olney
Phone: 406.881.3510

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

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge in Western Montana.

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.837.4391

150 Flathead Lodge Road
Bigfork, Montana 59911

Base Camp Bigfork in Western Montana.

Base Camp Bigfork

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.871.9733

8525 State Highway 209
Bigfork, Montana 59911

Glacier Bear Retreat in Western Montana.

Glacier Bear Retreat

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.848.1771

348 Grist Road
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier Guides Lodge in Western Montana.

Glacier Guides Lodge

City: West Glacier
Phone: 800.521.7238

120 Highline Blvd.
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft  in Western Montana.

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.387.5555

11970 Hwy 2 East
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier Outdoor Center in Western Montana.

Glacier Outdoor Center

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.888.5454

12400 US Highway 2 East
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier Park Rafting in Western Montana.

Glacier Park Rafting

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.888.8754

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

Glacier Raft Company in Western Montana.

Glacier Raft Company

City: West Glacier
Phone: 800.235.6781

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

Great Northern Resort & Whitewater Rafting in Western Montana.

Great Northern Resort & Whitewater Rafting

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.387.5340

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

Montana Air Adventures in Western Montana.

Montana Air Adventures

City: Kalispell
Phone: 406.755.2376

1880 Highway 93 S
Kalispell, Montana 59901

Montana River Guides in Western Montana.

Montana River Guides

City: Alberton
Phone: 406.722.7238

138 Big Bend Lane
Alberton, Montana 59820

RiverView Ranch Retreat & Western Adventures in Western Montana.

RiverView Ranch Retreat & Western Adventures

City: Alberton
Phone: 406.382.9020

28800 Southside Road
Alberton, MT 59820

Sky Eco Rentals in Western Montana.

Sky Eco Rentals

City: Columbia Falls
Phone: 406.414.7438

1010 Nucleus Ave.
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Snowy Springs Outfitters Inc. in Western Montana.

Snowy Springs Outfitters Inc.

City: Essex
Phone: 406.226.9225

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

St. Mary Glacier Park KOA in Western Montana.

St. Mary Glacier Park KOA

City: St Mary
Phone: 800.562.1504

106 West Shore
St Mary, MT 59417

The Islander Inn in Western Montana.

The Islander Inn

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.837.5472

14729 Shore Acres Drive
Bigfork, Montana 59911

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Western Montana.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

City: Whitefish
Phone: 877.887.4026

1380 Wisconsin Ave.
Whitefish, Montana 59937

The Raven Bar & Grill in Western Montana.

The Raven Bar & Grill

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.837.2836

15321 State Highway 35
Bigfork, Montana 59911

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