Stand-up Paddleboarding in Montana

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding SUP in Western Montana

SUP in Western Montana

Gliding across a calm mountain lake on a stand-up paddleboard has become an increasingly popular vacation watersport, especially here in Western Montana, with our numerous lakes and rivers.

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Many companies offer stand-up paddleboard rentals (as well as guided options and lessons), for a unique way to explore the region. Recommended waterways include the Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Middle Fork of the Flathead rivers, or paddle one of the following lakes: Swan Lake, Whitefish Lake, Flathead Lake or Lake McDonald.

First-Timers: get gear ready and learn basic techniques before you hit the water. Also, take a partner. You’ll need a board, a paddle, a PFD and a leash* plus a few skills to ensure your adventure is successful. Basics include standing up, balancing, and getting back on if you’ve fallen off, plus forward, reverse and sweep strokes. Again, local outfitters can show you the ropes.

SUP Safety - Rivers

  • Spring runoff means fast-moving rivers. (If you’re new to SUP, stick to a late-summer guided river trip or take a calm lake tour.)
  • * Wear a quick-release leash around your waist. It’s IMPERATIVE that you use quick-release technology in SUP, as ankle leashes can get hung up on rocks and other debris.
  • Wear a PFD, a helmet, a wetsuit and protective gear, especially in shallow rivers.
  • Use sunscreen and wear sunglasses.

SUP Safety – Lake Touring

  • Bring a flotation device.
  • Know the weather, and note that it can change quickly.
  • Use sunscreen and wear sunglasses.
  • If you’re new to the sport, try to confine your trip to an hour or less, and stay closer to the shore. Paddleboarding can really wear you out (in a good way, of course).

Featured Listings

Action Rentals in Western Montana.

Action Rentals

City: Olney
Phone: 406.881.3510

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

Base Camp Bigfork in Western Montana.

Base Camp Bigfork

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.871.9733

8525 MT HWY 209
Bigfork, Montana 59911

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals in Western Montana.

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals

City: Kalispell
Phone: 406.203.5055

17 2nd Street E Suite 210
Kalispell, Montana 59901

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

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

Riverside Recreation in Western Montana.

Riverside Recreation

City: Polson
Phone: 406.270.4615

412 2nd Street West
Polson, Montana 59860

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

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