Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Montana

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Montana. Use this list to plan your next Montana flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Kootenai River

    2 Reviews

    Libby, MT

    This big, clear river courses through heavily-forested mountains, providing good fishing and excellent scenery along the way. Scenes from the movie "The River Wild" were filmed here. The river ...
    •  100 miles
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    This big, clear river courses through heavily-forested mountains, providing good fishing and excellent scenery along the ...

  • #2 Missouri River

    1 Reviews

    Three Forks, MT

    The river that carried Lewis and Clark across much of Montana is a trout-filled mountainous stream in its upper reaches and a broad, scenic prairie river in its lower two-thirds. This is a trip ...
    •  734 miles
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    The river that carried Lewis and Clark across much of Montana is a trout-filled mountainous stream in its upper reaches and ...

  • #3 Yellowstone River

    1 Reviews

    Gardiner, MT

    The longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, the Yellowstone tumbles down a mountain valley, traverses prairie grasslands and meanders through cottonwood groves on its way to meeting ...
    •  554 miles
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    The longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, the Yellowstone tumbles down a mountain valley, traverses prairie ...

  • #4 Marias River

    1 Reviews

    Cut Bank, MT

    The isolated Marias River originates east of Glacier National Park and features spectacular badlands and sandstone cliffs reminiscent of the Missouri River. Its suitable for beginners its entire ...
    •  171 miles
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    The isolated Marias River originates east of Glacier National Park and features spectacular badlands and sandstone cliffs ...

  • #5 Clearwater River

    1 Reviews

    Greenough, MT

    This aptly named river flows through pine forests and mountain meadows with the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness to the east and the towering Mission Mountains to the west. Its mostly a Class ...
    •  42 miles
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    This aptly named river flows through pine forests and mountain meadows with the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness to the east ...

  • #6 Whitefish River

    1 Reviews

    Whitefish, MT

    The slow-moving Whitefish River meanders past grassy meadows and willow-lined banks, providing a quiet escape close to town. A Class I river suitable for beginners. Perfect spot to take ne ...
    •  26 miles
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    The slow-moving Whitefish River meanders past grassy meadows and willow-lined banks, providing a quiet escape close to town. ...

  • #7 Flathead River, Main Stem

    1 Reviews

    Paradise, MT

    This wide river with aquamarine waters flows tranquilly past the spectacular Mission Mountains. Its almost all Class I water except for a whitewater section (Buffalo Rapids) with Class III and ...
    •  158 miles
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    This wide river with aquamarine waters flows tranquilly past the spectacular Mission Mountains. Its almost all Class I water ...

  • #8 Clark Fork River

    0 Reviews

    Missoula, MT

    The Clark Fork starts out small, but exits the state as Montana's largest river. It meanders through pastures and woodlands with I-90 paralleling much of its route. The river is mostly Class ...
    •  333 miles
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    The Clark Fork starts out small, but exits the state as Montana's largest river. It meanders through pastures and woodlands ...

  • #9 South Fork Flathead River

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    Hungry Horse, MT

    The South Fork is a fairy-tale wilderness river that flows through the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, with crystal clear waters, native cutthroat trout, and an occasional grizzly bear. ...
    •  100 miles
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    The South Fork is a fairy-tale wilderness river that flows through the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, with crystal ...

  • #10 Blackfoot River

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    Missoula, MT

    The Blackfoot is a glacial stream, lined with large rocks, that occasionally gets squeezed into short canyons. The result is a dashingly beautiful stream that provides outstanding whitewater ...
    •  132 miles
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    The Blackfoot is a glacial stream, lined with large rocks, that occasionally gets squeezed into short canyons. The result ...

  • #11 Stillwater River

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    Absarokee, MT

    The Stillwater is a fast, rocky mountain river that flows through timbered bottomlands and past large ranches with the spectacular Beartooth Mountains as a backdrop. A challenging whitewater ...
    •  68 miles
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    The Stillwater is a fast, rocky mountain river that flows through timbered bottomlands and past large ranches with the spectacular ...

  • #12 Dearborn River

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    Lincoln, MT

    Crystal-clear waters rush through narrow canyons with sheer walls and spectacular rock formations on this highly scenic small stream. While many people do this lower section in one day, if you ...
    •  67 miles
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    Crystal-clear waters rush through narrow canyons with sheer walls and spectacular rock formations on this highly scenic small ...

  • #13 Sun River

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    Augusta, MT

    The Sun River starts in a deep canyon, runs through prairie grasslands and finally meanders past cottonwood bottoms on its way to the Missouri. In the upper river, horizontal upthrusts create ...
    •  101 miles
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    The Sun River starts in a deep canyon, runs through prairie grasslands and finally meanders past cottonwood bottoms on its ...

  • #14 Gallatin River

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    Three Forks, MT

    Originating in Yellowstone National Park, the alpine-like Gallatin River provides great whitewater and good fishing as it courses through one of the most scenic valleys in Montana. The Gallatin ...
    •  100 miles
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    Originating in Yellowstone National Park, the alpine-like Gallatin River provides great whitewater and good fishing as it ...

  • #15 Madison River

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    Three Forks, MT

    Montana's most famous fishing river, the rapid-flowing Madison cuts a beautiful swath through a broad valley, passing by lush meadows and broken timber. The river is all Class I except for two ...
    •  133 miles
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    Montana's most famous fishing river, the rapid-flowing Madison cuts a beautiful swath through a broad valley, passing by ...

  • #16 North Fork Flathead River

    1 Reviews

    Polebridge, MT

    The glacial-green waters of the North Fork flow through heavily forested terrain along the western border of Glacier National Park, occasionally providing spectacular glimpses of snowcapped peaks. ...
    •  58 miles
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    The glacial-green waters of the North Fork flow through heavily forested terrain along the western border of Glacier National ...

  • #17 Jefferson River

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    Trident, MT

    Once traversed for its entire distance by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Jefferson meanders peaceably through thick cottonwood bottoms while providing good fishing and excellent wildlife ...
    •  83 miles
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    Once traversed for its entire distance by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Jefferson meanders peaceably through thick ...

  • #18 Big Hole River

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    Jackson, MT

    Amber waters flowing over cobbled bottoms and through scenic valleys create on of Montana's most famous fishing rivers. Few Montana rivers have as many enthusiastic devotees as the Big Hole. ...
    •  156 miles
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    Amber waters flowing over cobbled bottoms and through scenic valleys create on of Montana's most famous fishing rivers. Few ...

  • #19 Ruby River

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    Alder, MT

    This small, sinuous stream snakes its way through the historic Ruby Valley, providing excellent fishing along its way. Its Class I all the way. Practiced beginners can handle this river at low ...
    •  103 miles
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    This small, sinuous stream snakes its way through the historic Ruby Valley, providing excellent fishing along its way. Its ...

  • #20 Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone

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    Laurel, MT

    East of Yellowstone National Park in the shadow of the Beartooth Mountains, the Clarks Fork meanders through isolated cottonwood groves and beautiful prairie country. This river is Class ...
    •  73 miles
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    East of Yellowstone National Park in the shadow of the Beartooth Mountains, the Clarks Fork meanders through isolated cottonwood ...