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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

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

406.881.3510

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge in Western Montana.

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge

150 Flathead Lodge Road
Bigfork, Montana 59911

406.837.4391

Base Camp Bigfork in Western Montana.

Base Camp Bigfork

8525 State Highway 209
Bigfork, Montana 59911

406.871.9733

Glacier Bear Retreat in Western Montana.

Glacier Bear Retreat

348 Grist Road
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.848.1771

Glacier Guides Lodge in Western Montana.

Glacier Guides Lodge

120 Highline Blvd.
West Glacier, Montana 59936

800.521.7238

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft  in Western Montana.

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft

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

406.387.5555

Glacier Outdoor Center in Western Montana.

Glacier Outdoor Center

12400 US Highway 2 East
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.888.5454

Glacier Park Rafting in Western Montana.

Glacier Park Rafting

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

406.888.8754

Glacier Raft Company in Western Montana.

Glacier Raft Company

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

800.235.6781

Glacier Treks in Western Montana.

Glacier Treks

7220 U.S. Highway 93 S., Suite 3
Lakeside, Montana 59922

406.249.1153

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

Paddlefish Sports, LLC in Western Montana.

Paddlefish Sports, LLC

70 Lakeside Blvd., City Beach
Whitefish, MT 59937

406.260.7733

RiverView Ranch Retreat & Western Adventures in Western Montana.

RiverView Ranch Retreat & Western Adventures

28800 Southside Road
Alberton, MT 59820

406.382.9020

Riverside Recreation in Western Montana.

Riverside Recreation

412 2nd Street West
Polson, Montana 59860

406.270.4615

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

Sky Eco - Glacier General Store & Cabins

10630 Old Highway 2
Coram, MT 59913

406.414.7538

Snowy Springs Outfitters Inc. in Western Montana.

Snowy Springs Outfitters Inc.

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

406.226.9225

St. Mary Glacier Park KOA in Western Montana.

St. Mary Glacier Park KOA

106 West Shore Road
St Mary, MT 59417

800.562.1504

The Islander Inn in Western Montana.

The Islander Inn

14729 Shore Acres Drive
Bigfork, Montana 59911

406.837.5472

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Western Montana.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

1380 Wisconsin Ave.
Whitefish, Montana 59937

877.887.4026

The Raven Bar & Grill in Western Montana.

The Raven Bar & Grill

15321 State Highway 35
Bigfork, Montana 59911

406.837.2836

Other Listings

7th Floor Missoula River Lofts

  • 4035 Foxfarm Road Missoula, Montana 59802
  • 406.239.6845
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A Cabin on Swan River

  • 20 Towne Drive #140 Bluffton, Montana 29910
  • 406.270.6586
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A Flathead Lake Home

  • 20 Towne Drive #140 Bluffton, Montana 29910
  • 406.270.6586
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Abayance Bay Marina

Ashley Lake Cabin

  • PO Box 4606 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.863.9337
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Aspen Shores Cabin, LLC

  • 16007 NE 203rd Crt Brush Prairie, Montana 98606
  • 360.604.9099
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Bearpaw River Expeditions

  • PMB 401, 1001 E Broadway #2 Missoula, Montana 59802
  • 406.543.0988
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Bighorn Lodge

Bitterroot Cabin Creek Guest House

  • 5225 West Broadway, Suite 21 Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.721.5300
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Bitterroot River B&B

  • 501 South Ave Stevensville, Montana 59870
  • 406.777.5205
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Bootjack Lake Lodge

  • PO Box 4606 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.863.9337
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Brown's Cabin Home

  • PO Box 264 West Glacier, Montana 59936
  • 406.888.9073
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Cabin Creek Landing B&B

  • 1771 Bitterroot Dr Marion, Montana 59925
  • 406.854.2126
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Cherry Pines on Flathead Lake

  • 2535 Gilbert Ave Missoula, Montana 59802
  • 406.544.9436
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Coram Creek Cabin

  • 2610 Trumble Creek Road Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.261.3039
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Creekside Vacation Cabin Rentals

Emerald Sunrise B&B

  • 115 Emerald Cove Rd Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.755.4348
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Flathead Lake Vacation Cabin

  • 414 Harbor Dr S Polson, Montana 59860
  • 727.639.7594
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Flathead Raft Company

  • 4952 West Weather Wood Lane Herriman, Montana 84096
  • 406.883.5838
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Glacier Park River & Golf Getaway

  • 6614 Harvest Hill Rd Waunakee, Montana 53597
  • 608.576.7923
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Harbor Mountain Properties

  • PO Box 4389 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.862.5511
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Hidden River Lodge

Jane's Place Montana

King's Cabin

  • PO Box 575 West Glacier, Montana 59936
  • 406.260.6532
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Kootenai River Outfitters

Lake Five Resort

  • PO Box 338 West Glacier, Montana 59936
  • 406.387.5601
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Lake Lodge

  • PO Box 897 Frenchtown, Montana 59834
  • 406.626.2493

Lakefront Hide Away in Somers Bay

Lakeshore Rentals

  • PO Box 4606 Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.863.9337
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Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures

Lupine Meadow Lodge

  • PO Box 1612 Pleasanton, Montana 94566
  • 925.989.4113
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Many Springs Flathead Lake Resort

  • 24377 MT Hwy 35 Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.982.3900
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Montana Lake Cabin

  • 5160 Shoreline Dr Ketchikan, Montana 99901
  • 907.617.5251
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Montana Log Cabin

Mystic Mountain Retreat

  • 692 Camino El Dorado Encinitas, Montana 92024
  • 619.871.5372
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North Fork Chalet

  • 5058 Whitefish Stage Road Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.862.2145
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Olsoy Condo Rentals

  • 12362 Double Eagle Drive Mukilteo, Montana 98275
  • 425.349.1907

Pangaea River Rafting, INC

  • 11111 Mullan Road East Superior, Montana 59872
  • 406.239.2392
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Romantic Somers Bay Boathouse

  • 334 North Juniper Bay Road Somers, Montana 59932
  • 406.261.5536
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Rugg's Outfitting LLC

  • 116 Black Bear Trail Superior, Montana 59872
  • 406.822.4240
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Seeley-Swan Vacations

  • PO Box 647 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.677.6600
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Sloway Cabin

  • 544 Blaine Street Missoula, Montana 59801
  • 406.544.7252
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Stillwater River Lodge

  • PO Box 1396 Hollister, Montana 95024
  • 209.470.9000
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Stumphenge

Tamaracks Resort

  • PO Box 812 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.677.2433
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The Lodge at McGregor Lake

  • 12250 US Hwy 2 W Marion, Montana 59925
  • 406.858.2253
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The Yaak River Hideaway

  • 242 Obsidian Road Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.9357
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Whitetail Lodge

  • 1106 N Pittsburgh St Kennewick, Montana 99336
  • 509.783.3165
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Zoo Town Surfers

  • 1001 S 4th St W Suite 5 Missoula, Montana 59801
  • 406.546.0370
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