Montana August 10, 2016
Here Are 10 Perfect Spots To Float The River In Montana
Is there anything more peaceful than cruising down a Montana river in a raft (or a tube, if you’re brave) on a warm, sunny day? We’ve got some amazing spots for our novice or veteran floaters to enjoy. Dedicate a day to one of these Montana river floats.
1. Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
The monument spans 149 miles of the Upper Missouri River from Fort Benton to the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. It's the perfect place for a beautiful, peaceful river float.
2. Clark Fork River, Superior to St. Regis
This 10 mile stretch of the Clark Fork River is an all-day float, but it will be leisurely and pleasant.
3. Clearwater River Canoe Trail to Seeley Lake
Canoe or no canoe, you’ll love floating through a quiet, somewhat isolated portion of the Clearwater River until you reach Seeley Lake.
4. Madison River Tubing, Bozeman
If you’re new to floating or don’t own any equipment, Bozeman’s Madison River has got you covered. Their Tube Trips include a deluxe tube rental, a life jacket and a shuttle to and from the Madison River. The tubes have steady handles so you can float the river with your group.
5. The Smith River, Central Montana
Start at the Smith River Access Site and float the nine miles to Camp Baker. This will take you most of the day, but it will be worth every minute.
6. The Gallatin River between Big Sky and Bozeman
For a mellow cruise through stunning scenery, head to the upper canyon of the Gallatin River and float through the shadows of Line Mountain.
7. Yellowstone River, Paradise Valley
Take in the views of the Absaroka Mountains and Gallatin Mountains range as you enjoy a soothing float down the river.
8. The North Fork Flathead River
The North Fork Flathead River is a wonderful river to float. There are numerous designated access sites, and it’s pretty easy to navigate.
9. Absaroka River Adventures, Absarokee
Book a float with this company and they’ll take you to the Stillwater River (the exact location depends on the river level). You can decide how long you’d like to float and how brave you’re feeling that day so they’re able to give you your best experience.
10. The Missouri River, Great Falls
There are numerous places the float the Missouri River in the Great Falls area. The stretch from Pelican Point to Cascade is a nice, relaxing four hour float.
When you’re done floating the river, don’t forget to explore one of
Montana’s most charming river towns.