Boating

Boating in the Beartooth Mountains

Biking is a great way for the whole family to experience Red Lodge. Options range in difficulty, length, road biking and mountain biking, so plan accordingly. Be sure to consider the weather and possible wildlife encounters. Don't want to worry about the logistics of the ride? Red Lodge offers bike tours provided by area guides available in the summer. Let them help you with your gear and choosing the right ride for you. Whether you are on your own or cruising along with the entire family, bicycling here is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get some great exercise.

  •           Outfitters

    Absaroka River Adventures:

    Website | 1.800.334.7238

    Absarokee, MT

    Absaroka River Adventures is a family owned and operated business dedicated to giving personalized high quality river trips. We pride ourselves on our honesty, integrity, and unsurpassed safety record, enabling us to provide the finest rafting service available. Our managing partner, Matt Holtz, has over 35 years experience floating and fishing the Stillwater River. In addition, all our professional guides are trained in river rescue and first aid. Your safety and enjoyment are our number one concerns. This summer, we invite you to be our guest and experience the thrills, friendships, and natural beauty which develop on the river.

     

    Adventure Whitewater:

    Website | 1.800.897.3061 | 406.446.3061

    Absarokee, MT

    Adventure Whitewater, Inc. is a rafting company specializing in personal trips and owned by Marek Rosin who has over 30 years of experience as a professional whitewater guide. Adventure Whitewater is certainly qualified to provide you with the whitewater adventure that will be the highlight of your Montana vacation. Adventure Whitewater has been featured on ESPN, Outdoor Life Network, in the pages of Canoe & Kayak, Outside and National Geographic Magazines.

     

    Come and see why the critics rave about Adventure Whitewater! All our guides are whitewater specialists, trained in wilderness first aid and swift water rescue. Their great personalities have them in demand each and every season. We are the Whitewater Specialist! We know how to have Fun!

     

    Sunshine Sports:

    Website | 1.800.773.3723 | 1.406.252.3724

    Billings, MT

    Renting the best kayaks, canoes & rafting gear around Red Lodge and Billings. From fully-outfitted rafts to duckies and sea kayaks for area lakes.

  •           Boating & Kayaking

    Small lake size and remoteness limits opportunities for boating on the upper reaches of the Beartooth Scenic Highway. The Shoshone National Forest section of the road in Wyoming sports three lakes with boat ramps; Beartooth Lake, Island Lake, and Lily Lake. All three lakes also host campers at Forest Service campgrounds. Boaters will find several opportunities to launch at the eastern end of the Beartooth Scenic Highway. Both Greenough and Wild Bill lakes offer boat ramps and campground facilities.

     

    The Stillwater River (don’t let the name fool you) caters to Class III kayakers in the Upper section and the rest of its 36 miles of floatable water offers a happy medium to other floaters.

     

    The Gallatin River, and 25 miles of the nearby Yellowstone River, also deliver some great canoeing and kayaking in the Red Lodge area.

     

    The Missouri River offers gentle, multi-day canoe trip opportunities that let floaters retrace Lewis and Clark's route.

     

    For those who want an extensive retreat, the 149-mile corridor of the Upper Missouri flows into the remote, wild Missouri Breaks.

     

    Wild Bill Lake is a very pretty, small, handicap accessible lake good for a few hours of canoeing with the whole family.

     

    Unless you and your group are very good at understanding rapid ratings and know your own rapid management abilities very well, you will want to strongly consider hiring a guide with proper equipment for extra safety protection and advice.

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