For a landlocked state, Montana’s water sports scene is second to none. World-class rafting, kayaking and canoeing can all be found within close proximity to Missoula.
Practice makes perfect at Brennan’s Wave, a man-made practice rapid on the Clark Fork River underneath the Higgins Bridge that opened in 2006. The US Freestyle Kayaking team trials were held here this summer on June 30-July 2.
Fly fishermen aren’t the only ones celebrating when the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Rock Creek and Clark Fork Rivers yield plentiful results. During the early summer months, these waterways are a kayakers paradise.
For serious white water fun, check out the Alberton Gorge just 30 miles west of Missoula, or the Lochsa River just over the Idaho state line. Meryl Streep may have conquered “The River Wild” but she wouldn’t stand a chance in this high altitude chop. Local raft companies and guides and kayak shops are prevalent in Missoula—making a great day on the river easy to find and prepare for.
See our listings of Missoula Area Canoeing, Kayaking and Rafting Companies and check out Jason Shreder’s “Go With the Flow” kayaking blog.