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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

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.837.4391

150 Flathead Lodge Road
Bigfork, Montana 59911

Base Camp Bigfork

Base Camp Bigfork

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.871.9733

8525 MT HWY 209
Bigfork, Montana 59911

Glacier Guides Lodge

Glacier Guides Lodge

City: West Glacier
Phone: 800.521.7238

120 Highline Blvd.
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft

City: West Glacier
Phone: 800.521.7238

11970 Hwy 2 East
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier Outdoor Center

Glacier Outdoor Center

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.888.5454

12400 US Highway 2 East
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Glacier Raft Company

Glacier Raft Company

City: West Glacier
Phone: 800.235.6781

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

Glacier Raft Company & Glacier Outdoor Center

Glacier Raft Company & Glacier Outdoor Center

City: West Glacier
Phone: 800.235.6781

12400 US Highway 2 East (POB 210 TP)
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Great Northern Guides

Great Northern Guides

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.387.5340

12127 Highway 2 East
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Great Northern Whitewater Raft & Resort

Great Northern Whitewater Raft & Resort

City: West Glacier
Phone: 800.735.7897

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

Riverside Recreation

Riverside Recreation

City: Polson
Phone: 406.270.4615

412 2nd Street West
Polson, Montana 59860

Snowy Springs Outfitters Inc.

Snowy Springs Outfitters Inc.

City: Essex
Phone: 406.226.9225

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

St. Mary Glacier Park KOA

St. Mary Glacier Park KOA

City: St Mary
Phone: 800.562.1504

106 West Shore
St Mary, MT 59417

The Islander Inn

The Islander Inn

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.837.5472

14729 Shore Acres Drive
Bigfork, Montana 59911

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

City: Whitefish
Phone: 877.887.4026

1380 Wisconsin Ave.
Whitefish, Montana 59937

The Raven Bar & Grill

The Raven Bar & Grill

City: Bigfork
Phone: 406.837.2836

25599 MT Highway 35 S.
Bigfork, Montana 59911

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