Where can I go canoeing and sea kayaking?
- Bitterroot River: The slow moving scenic waters of the Bitterroot River are ideal for canoeing. From the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Bitterroot near Conner, Montana, you can float as much of the 80 mile stretch as you want. Watch for diversion dams (easy to portage) near Hamilton, and very very slow moving water between Corvallis and Stevensville. Drop your canoe in the river below Stevesville and float right through the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Sanctuary. The river flows freely and smoothly until it merges with the Clark Fork River.
- Lake Como: Just northwest of Darby Montana, Lake Como offers peaceful waters for canoeing or sea kayaking. Stay close to the shore for wildlife viewing potentials. Motorized boats are allowed, so try going in the early morning or evenings for a better chance to have the lake to yourself.
- Painted Rocks Reservoir: At the far southern end of the Bitteroot Valley, the Painted Rocks Reservoir offers a quieter alternative to Lake Como but still allows motorized boats.
Where can I go whitewater kayaking?
- Brennan's Wave: This man-made wave is located along the Clark Fork River in the heart of Missoula. Head to the river, right under Higgin's Street Bridge, and chances are you'll see other whitewater kayakers practicing their skills.
- Alberton Gorge: A number of fun rapids lure kayakers and rafters to the Alberton Gorge along the Clark Fork River. This 12 mile stretch flows through high canyon walls. Access is at Cyr Bridge along I-90 and take out at Triple Bridge, Tarkio, or Ralph's.
- Blackfoot River: East of Missoula, the Blackfoot River offers a variety of whitewater. Avid paddlers should head there in late spring/early summer. Beginners will love the challenge once the water levels drop in summer.