Best places to stand up paddle board in Montana
If you’ve been to Montana you know that Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world and if you haven't, take our word for it. Throw in an iSUP from SUPrents.com and you can reach places you never imagined would be possible. With over a million acres of land the possibilities are endless. We’ll visit a few locations within the park, and few outside of the park. Either way Montana is home to some the best paddle boarding in the country. As always remember that SUPrents.com can have a board delivered to your door anywhere in Western Montana within 24 hours.
Any one of the hundreds of waterways in the park would make an excellent destination, however we recommend hitting Lake Mcdonald in the early morning or late evening. Mellow beaches and fairly consistent calm waters make Lake Mcdonald the ideal lake to see what Glacier National Park has to offer. We recommend the Isle Explorer inflatable paddle board to tool around the lake and scope out the local wildlife.
2. Flathead Lake
The largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States is world renowned for its astonishingly clear waters. There is a photo of a woman on an air mattress floating above what appears to be a mess of tangled logs. The visibility in the water is simply amazing! We recommend checking out the following small state parks called “The Units” within Flathead Lake State Park.
This island is one of the largest in the United States at over 2,000 acres and is only accessible via water. Once on the island you’ll find an abundance of hikes and a rich history of wild horses. The Salish and Pend O’reille tribes used to use the island as a hiding place for their horses and the United States reintroduced wild horses to the island in 1972.
Located near the quaint town of Big Fork, Montana Wayferers is the best place to view the sunset on Flathead Lake. So paddle out and get one those famous SUPrents.com Instagram sunset shots! After returning from the your paddle board adventure be sure to check out Big Fork and grab some lunch or dinner at ShowThyme.
Located near a mature pine forest Finley point offers camping and amazing trout and Salmon fishing. Rent an Isle Explorer paddle board from SUPrents and head out on the southern end of Flathead Lake to reel in a trophy trout.
Come to launch your paddle board on gravelly beach, but stay for the cherries! Yellow Bay is located in the heart of Montana’s famous sweet cherry orchard. Make sure you’re there in the summer months to take advantage of the cherries!
If you’re trying to reach the aforementioned Wildhorse Island this is your launch spot. Although, that statement makes it sound as though that is all that Big Arm bay is good for and that is not the case. Big Arm bay also boasts a long pebble beach and picturesque views of the ponderosa pines and juniper trees.
The West Shore offers some of the best views on Flathead Lake. The glacially carved rock formations rise majestically from the water to the east of you and there are amazing views of the Mission and Swan Mountains. West Shore is also home to one of the most secluded beaches on the lake. It might be a little bit rocky, but it’s still a great place to launch your SUPrents.com standup Paddle Board.
3. Missoula (Clark Fork River)
Lakes are great, but sometimes it’s nice to casually float along with the current. Put in at the Sha-Ron fishing access site and take out at Bess Reed State Park. This paddle is an excellent way to experience downtown Missoula from a different perspective. Be sure to wave to the diners on the patios as they look down on you enviously. Also, tell them that you had your SUP delivered directly to you in 24 hours from SUPrents.com. ;)
4. Swan Lake
Swan Lake campground offers a great place to launch a SUP. With a long sandy beach there is ample room to paddle out into the calm waters and enjoy the scenery. This would be an excellent location to settle in for a morning SUP yoga session aboard the ISLE women’s yoga board. No worries if this is your first time, as with all of our SUPrents paddle board rentals in Montana the boards are inflatable and very forgiving. Visit SUPrents.com for free 24 hour shipping to western Montnana.
5. Lake Como
This picturesque lake is located within the Bitterroot National Forrest about 2 hours south of Missoula. There is a great beach located on the north end of the lake which is an excellent location to standup paddle board or swim.
For the truly adventurous we like to throw in a lake that is not accessible via car. In the summer months check out Grinell Lake in Glacier National Park. With one of the Isle paddle boards from SUPrents.com you can take the inflatable all around board into some very secluded locations. If you can make the 4 mile trek in you’ll be rewarded with a once in a lifetime paddling experience in this windex colored lake!
Of course there are dozens of other amazing SUP locations in Montana, however we had to cut off the list somewhere.