Best Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing in Montana

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

  • #1 Kootenai River

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    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 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 ...

  • #3 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 ...

  • #4 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 ...

  • #5 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 ...

  • #6 Middle Fork Flathead River

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    Hungry Horse, MT

    A picturesque wilderness whitewater river, the Middle Fork is both extremely challenging and remote. The Middle Fork roars through the Bob Marshall Wilderness and forms the southern border of ...
    •  90 miles
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    A picturesque wilderness whitewater river, the Middle Fork is both extremely challenging and remote. The Middle Fork roars ...

  • #7 Kootenai River

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    Troy, MT

    For most of its length in the United States, the Kootenai River is within sight of roads. This trip, which starts in Montana and ends in Idaho, takes paddlers through a remote and heavily forested ...
    •  6 hours or overnight
    •  16 miles
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    For most of its length in the United States, the Kootenai River is within sight of roads. This trip, which starts in Montana ...

  • #8 Yaak River

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    Yaak, MT

    One of the few floatable streams in the far northwest corner of Montana, the Yaak meanders its way through lush forests in an often forgotten corner of the state. The Yaak isn’t a hugely ...
    •  53 miles
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    One of the few floatable streams in the far northwest corner of Montana, the Yaak meanders its way through lush forests in ...