On the Water

Kayak Bigfork Wild Mile. Photo by J. Vigil Photography

Kayak Bigfork Wild Mile. Photo by J. Vigil Photography

The only thing better than getting on the water is getting in the water. Depending on the amount of adventure you’re seeking, you can experience Flathead Lake or the Swan River nearly year-round. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to get wet (or not) in Bigfork’s beautiful waters.

When a leisurely float will do, rent a tube from Bigfork Outdoor Rentals (complete with a headrest and drink holder). Toss it in the water at Wayfarers State Park, just south of town!

Take a guided paddleboard tour (or just rent a board) from Base Camp Bigfork and explore our paddler’s paradise. Choose from small, non-motorized lakes, slow and fast-moving rivers or venture out on the larger bodies of water.

Stay dry, but see the sights on a leisurely tour around the lake. BYO coolers, drinks and snacks on a historic Montana cruise ship. Or, you can explore Wild Horse Island with a small boat charter for up to eight people. Both are available through Far West Boat Tours.

If you’re up for a little more adventure, take a kayak or raft down the Swan River. On Wednesdays, from 5 to 9 p.m. in July and August, water flows capable of supporting Class IV rapids are released (if natural flows permit). The Wild Mile can be accessed from the South Shore Recreation Site located just out of town on State Highway 209.

Kayak and raft rentals are available through both Bigfork Outdoor Rentals and Base Camp Bigfork.

If you’ve got a need for speed, you can spend all day on the lake in a speed boat, pontoon, fishing boat or jet ski. Rent boats, as well as tubes, wakeboards, kneeboards or skis from Wild Wave Rentals at the Marina Cay Resort.

If you’re looking for a reel good time, anglers from all over the world travel to Montana to experience fly fishing on our wild rivers and pristine mountain lakes. Hire a fishing guide for a half or full day charter trip or throw a line in from the shore.

Stop into Bigfork Anglers, our local fly fishing shop, for fishing gear, advice from guides and information about current regulations and licensing requirements.

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