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Boating and Boat Rentals in Western Montana + Glacier National Park

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Boating Watersports in Western Montana

Watersports in Western Montana

Note: As of July 1, 2023, Conservation Licenses are required for everyone age 12 and older to access most state lands, including wildlife management areas, fishing access sites and wildlife habitat protection areas. This requirement does not include state parks. Please recreate responsibly. Learn more here.

Boating is one of those classic summer pastimes—getting the whole family out on the sparkling Flathead Lake to water ski, or heading out on the Blackfoot River for a solo drift-boat fishing trip. Motor or man powered, your boat has a place in Montana, and so does your next boating adventure.

Motorboats are allowed on most lakes and some larger rivers, while smaller lakes and rivers may have restrictions. All motorboats must have a valid license and all users should wear a personal floatation device (PFD). To help prevent the spread of invasive weeds and species, boaters should be sure to inspect, clean and dry their equipment before entering a new body of water.

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Featured Listings

Bar W Guest Ranch in Western Montana.

Bar W Guest Ranch

2875 U.S. Highway 93 W.
Whitefish, MT 59937

Discover Flathead Lake in Western Montana.

Discover Flathead Lake

Visit our website for pick up location
Polson, MT 59860

Glacier Planner in Western Montana.

Glacier Planner

204 Highline Blvd., Suite 386
West Glacier, MT 59936

Glacier Raft Company in Western Montana.

Glacier Raft Company

106 Going-to-the-Sun Road
West Glacier, MT 59936

Motel Lake McDonald in Western Montana.

Motel Lake McDonald

466 Lake McDonald Loop Road, Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park
West Glacier, MT 59936

Whitefish Marine in Western Montana.

Whitefish Marine

5960 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Whitefish, MT 59937

Wild River Adventures in Western Montana.

Wild River Adventures

11900 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, MT 59936

Other Listings

Abayance Bay Marina

  • 290 Abayance Bay Drive Rexford, MT 59930
  • 406.297.0566
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Action Rentals

  • 1027 Martin Creek Road Olney, MT 59927
  • 406.881.3510
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Adventure Sports Lake Tours

  • Polson, Bigfork, Lakeside or private dock Polson, MT 59860
  • 406.883.4412
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Backcountry Packraft Rentals

  • 475 U.S. Highway 89 Browning, MT 59417
  • 406.272.6468
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Big Arm Boat Rentals and Rides

Bitterroot Valley Shuttle

  • Missoula Airport 5225 W. Broadway St. Missoula, MT 59808
  • 406.550.0001
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DREAM Adaptive Recreation

FLUX Adventure Designs

Far West Boat Tours

Flathead Harbor

Glacier Tourbase

Go Sail Flathead Lake

Jesco Marine & Power Sports

Koocanusa Resort and Marina

  • 23911 State Highway 37 Libby, MT 59923
  • 406.293.7474
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Lake Day Montana

  • Whitefish City Beach Whitefish, MT 59937
  • 406.250.8898
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Montana Invasive Species Council

Northwest Montana Adventures/Winter Wonderland Sports

  • 1071 Upper Whitefish Road Olney, MT 59927
  • 406.881.2525
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Old Faithful Watersports

  • 14746 Yenne Point Road Bigfork, MT 59911
  • 406.253.2702
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RiverView Ranch Retreat & Western Adventures

  • 28800 Southside Road Alberton, MT 59820
  • 406.382.9020
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Rollins RV Park, Restaurant & Boat Rentals

  • 23711 U.S. Highway 93 Rollins, MT 59931
  • 406.844.0572
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Tamaracks Resort

  • 3481 State Highway 83 N., Mile Marker 17 Seeley Lake, MT 59868
  • 406.677.2433
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The Lakeside Motel & Resort Inc.

  • 2955 State Highway 200 Trout Creek, MT 59874
  • 406.827.4458
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The Raven Bar & Grill

  • 15321 State Highway 35 Bigfork, MT 59911
  • 406.837.2836
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News from Glacier National Park Currently, 12 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

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