Bitterroot Valley Montana Boating, Boat Rentals & Marinas

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Two large lakes, Painted Rocks Reservoir and Lake Como, offer great boating and swimming in the Bitterroot Valley.

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Where can I go boating in the Bitterroot Valley?

There are two lakes in the Bitterroot Valley that welcome boats. Water levels are best for boating in mid-summer and tend to dwindle in August.

Painted Rocks Reservoir
At the far southern end of the valley, Painted Rocks State Park is a popular escape among locals and visitors. You can boat or fish the waters of Painted Rock Reservoir, view wildlife like big horn sheep, or camp in one of 25 sites.

  • Location: Head south along Hwy 93. Turn right onto West Fork Road (Route 473 and roughly 17 miles south of Hamilton) and drive another 23 miles to the park.
  • Boating Info: There is a boat ramp and dock.
  • Fees: $5 entrance fee per out-of-state vehicle
  • Contact: Call Painted Rocks State Park at (406) 273-4253 or Visit their Website

Lake Como
Just west of Darby, Montana, Lake Como offers great boating, a sandy beach and swimming area, hiking trails, and a campground.

  • Location: From Hwy 93, turn west onto Lake Como Road near Darby Montana. Follow the road for 4 miles.
  • Boating Info: There is a boat ramp and dock.
  • Fees: $5 day use fee per vehicle
  • Contact: Call the Bitterroot National Forest Service office at (406) 363-7100 or Visit the Website