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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).
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Featured Listings

Action Rentals in Western Montana.

Action Rentals

6235 U.S. Highway 93
Whitefish, MT 59937

406.881.3510

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

Dog Creek Lodge + Nordic Ski Center in Western Montana.

Dog Creek Lodge + Nordic Ski Center

8775 U.S. Highway 93 N.
Olney, MT 59927

406.881.2071

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals in Western Montana.

Enjoy Montana Vacation Rentals

20 Summit Ave.
Somers, MT 59932

406.203.5055

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

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

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

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Western Montana.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

1380 Wisconsin Ave.
Whitefish, MT 59937

877.887.4026

Other Listings

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

Tamaracks Resort

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

  • 332 Central Ave. Whitefish, MT 59937
  • 406.212.0080
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