Boating and Boat Rentals Glacier National Park & Western Montana

Boating and Boat Rentals

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Boating: Fun on the Water

Whether you have a motorized boat or man-powered boat, you're sure to find plenty of rivers and lakes to explore, from Lake Como in Montana's Bitterroot Valley to the spectacular waters of Flathead Lake. Motorboats are allowed on most lakes and on some larger rivers, while smaller lakes and rivers may have restrictions. All motorboats must have a valid license and all users should wear a PFD. To help prevent the spread of invasive weeds and species, boaters should be sure to inspect, clean and dry their equipment before entering a new body of water.

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Operating Rules

Children 12 years old or younger may not operate a motorboat or a personal watercraft powered by a motor rated at more than 10 horsepower unless accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older.

Youths 13 and 14 years of age may not operate those vessels without possessing a valid Montana motorboat operator's safety certificate or evidence of completing an approved boating safety course or unless accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older.

Motorboat Certificates

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks offers a boat safety education program that includes a home-study course for motorboat and personal watercraft operators. Individuals 13 years of age or older who successfully complete the course will receive a motorboat operator's certificate. To obtain a motorboat home-study course packet contact your regional Fish, Wildlife and Parks office or call the state headquarters at 406-444-2535. Boating classes are also offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Renting Boats and Watercraft

To rent a boat with a motor rated at more than 10 horsepower, the renter must be at least 18 years old.

Water Skiing & Towed Devices

  • Water skiing and other towed recreation is not allowed between sunset and sunrise.
  • There must be at least two people in the towing boat: an operator and a person to observe the skier. If the operator is 12 or younger, the observer must be at least 18.
  • Anyone towed by a boat must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD.
  • Water skiers must not approach within 50 feet of swimmers or enter a designated swimming area.

Personal Watercraft: Jet Skis, Water Bikes, Etc.

  • All operators and riders must wear U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD.
  • If the personal watercraft is equipped with a lanyard-type cord that shuts off the engine if the operator falls off the craft, the lanyard must be attached to the operator's wrist or PFD.
  • A "no wake" speed must be maintained when within 200 feet of a dock, swimmer, swimming raft, non-motorized boat, or anchored vessel.
  • Stand-up personal watercraft and personal watercraft towing a waterskier must travel at the minimum speed necessary to operate when leaving from or returning to a dock or shore.
  • All rules regarding safe operation of a boat apply to personal watercraft as well.
  • For more regulations and tips read please read Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Personal Watercraft Brochure. (PDF)

Swimming Areas

Designated swimming areas are marked with white and orange buoys. It is unlawful to deface, disturb, remove or relocate any authorized buoys.

For more information on boating in Montana and for rules and regulations, please visit Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks boating rules.


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Phone
Location

Montana's Duck Lake Lodge

http://ducklakelodge.com
406-338-5770
Babb

Sunny Shores

406-849-5622
Big Arm

Accommodations Flathead Lake

406-837-5617
Bigfork

Flathead Lake Lodge

http://flatheadlakelodge.com
406-837-4319
Bigfork

Bigfork Water Sports

http://bigforkwatersports.com
406-249-3732
Bigfork

Pointer Scenic Cruises

406-837-5617
Bigfork

Woods Bay Marina and RV Resort

http://woodsbay.com
406-837-6191
Bigfork

Woods Bay Point Retreat

406-837-5617
Bigfork

Woods Bay Restort

http://woodsbayresort.com
406-837-3333
Bigfork

Glacier Fishing Charters

http://landwehroutfitters.com
406-892-2377
Columbia Falls

Lakeview Cottage

406-885-2001
Columbia Falls

Loon Song Lodge

http://vrbo.com/43686
406-253-8445
Kalispell

Thompson Chain-of-Lakes

http://fwp.mt.gov
406-752-5501
Kalispell

Wild Wave Watercraft

http://wildwaverentals.com
406-844-2400
Kalispell

Bayshore Resort Motel

http://bayshoreresortmotel.com
406-844-3131
Lakeside

Lakeside Bay Marina

406-844-2400
Lakeside

McGregor Lake Resort

http://mcgregorlakeresort.com
406-858-2253
Marion

Absolute Water Sport

http://wildwaverentals.com
406-883-3900
Polson

Flathead Boat Company

406-883-0999
Polson

S and S Sports

http://sandssports.com
406-644-2950
Ronan

St. Mary KOA Kampground

http://goglacier.com
406-732-4122
St Mary

Wild Wave Watercraft

http://sandssports.com
406-857-6750
Somers

Glacier Raft Company

http://glacierraftco.com
406-888-5454
Ronan

S and S Sports

http://sandssports.com
406-644-2950
West Glacier

Great Northern Whitewater Resort

http://gnwhitewater.com
406-387-5340
West Glacier

Lake Five Resort

http://lakefiveresort.com
406-387-5601
West Glacier

Many Glacier Campground

http://nps.gov/glac
406-888-7800
West Glacier

Crestwood Resort

http://crestwoodresort.com
406-862-7574
Whitefish

Extreme Motorsports

http://wfmextrememotorsports.com
406-862-8594
Whitefish

Lodge at Griddle Cake Lake

http://vrbo.com/77149
406-862-9010
Whitefish

Angler's Roost

http://anglersroost-montana.com
406-363-1268
Hamilton

Dunrovin Ranch

http://dunrovinranchmontana.com
406-273-7745
Lolo

Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures

http://trailadventures.com
406-728-7609
Missoula

Pipestone Moiuntaineering

http://pipestonemountaineering.com
406-721-1670
Missoula

Trail Head

http://trailheadmontana.net
406-543-6966
Missoula

Holland Lake Lodge

http://hollandlakelodge.com
406-754-2282
Seeley Lake

Seeley Sport Rentals

http://www.seeleysportrentals.com/
406-677-7368
Seeley Lake

The Lodges on Seeley Lake

http://lodgesonseeleylake.com
406-677-2376
Seeley Lake

The Montana Cabin

http://themontanacabin.com
406-889-5181
Eureka

Sportsmen Info Center

http://thecaboosemotel.com
406-293-6201
Libby

Koocanusa Resort and Marina

http://Koocanusaresort.com
406-293-7474
Libby

Kootenai River Guest Cabins

http://montana-flyfishing.com
406-293-7578
Libby

Sandman Motel

http://sandmanmotel.us
406-293-8831
Libby

Sandman Motel Down-Under

http://sandmanmotel.us
406-293-7795
Libby

Bighorn Lodge B And B

http://bighornlodgemontana.com
406-847-4676
Noxon

Clark Fork River OUtfitters

http://flyfishbigsky.com
406-826-4220
Saint Regis

Clark Fork Trout & Tackle

http://clarkforktrout.com
406-649-2538
Saint Regis

Joe Cantrell Outfitting

http://joecantrelloutfitting.com
406-649-3474
Saint Regis

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Boating and Boat Rentals in Western Montana & Glacier National Park

Western Montana's Glacier Country

News from Glacier National Park: Currently 11.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

Bird Woman Falls

An icon in Glacier National Park, Bird Woman Falls is a glistening 492-foot-high waterfall that cascades down the side of Mt. Oberlin. From West Glacier, travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Bird Woman Falls Overlook, located on the west side of the Continental Divide.

Trail of the Cedars

This short boardwalk trail (ADA accessible) takes visitors through an old growth cedar forest. It’s also the beginning of the Avalanche Lake Trail (just over two miles long) that leads to Avalanche Lake—one of the most popular day hikes in Glacier National Park. Trail of the Cedars is located about five and a half miles north of Lake McDonald Lodge.

Drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road

If your time in Glacier National Park is limited, one must-see attraction is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This 50-mile long road takes travelers between St. Mary and West Glacier through the heart of the park, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. There are numerous pullouts along the road, ideal for taking photographs and enjoying the scenery.

See a Glacier

As you’re traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road, pull over at Jackson Glacier Overlook (located east of Logan Pass). The overlook offers the best opportunity to see a glacier from the road.

Many Glacier Valley

Home to incredible mountains, active glaciers, abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails, Many Glacier is located in the northeast section of Glacier National Park. Trails leave from this valley in numerous directions, with popular hiking destinations including Iceberg Lake, Grinnell Lake and Ptarmigan Tunnel.

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