Kayaking Glacier National Park & Western Montana

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Kayaking: Get Your Paddle On

Whether you're looking to park and surf, float or run the river, Western Montana is a prime paddling destination. And with rivers that include the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Kootenai and Middle Fork of the Flathead, our region provides plenty of options for you to hit the water.

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Paddling Destinations

Paddling options in Western Montana are endless. To make it easier, we've pulled together a few of the most popular places to play in your kayak.

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 to your heart's delight.


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

Lincoln County

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.


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Bigfork Jake's Kayaks

406-249-4390
Bigfork

Ocean & River Kayaking Adventures

406-857-3601
Somers

Whitefish Sea Kayaking

406-862-3513
Whitefish

World Class Kayak Academy

http://worldclassacademy.com
406-829-8071
Alberton

10,000 Waves

http://10000-waves.com
406-549-6670
Missoula

Bearpaw Expeditions

http://bearpawexpeditions.com
406-543-0988
Missoula

Edge of the World

http://edgeoworld.com
406-721-7774
Missoula

Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures

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

Montana Outdoor Learning Adventures

http://missoulaoutdoors.com
406-240-2458
Missoula

Pipestone Mountaineering

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

Tarkio Kayak Adventures

http://teamtarkio.com
406-543-4583
Missoula

Trail Head

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

Seeley Sport Rentals

http://seeleysportrentals.com
406-677-3680
Seeley Lake

Adventures with Western Waters

http://westernwaters.com
406-822-8282
Superior

Crazy Woman Kayaks

http://crazywomankayaks.com
406-827-0052
Thompson Falls

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Kayaking 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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