Experience the Best Kayaking in Big Sky, Montana

People travel from near and far to explore the great outdoors in Montana. One of our area’s most popular activities is kayaking. You’ll love being on the water surrounded by Mother Nature and the unbelievable backcountry views. To learn more about kayaking in Big Sky, Montana—read on!

For information regarding additional outdoor activities to enjoy during the summertime here, please take a look at our Summer Activities Guide.

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How to Enjoy Kayaking in Big Sky, Montana

When you’re planning your exciting adventure of kayaking in Big Sky, Montana, you’ll have to make some decisions. We have all the information for you regarding locations and outfitters. 

Kayak Rentals

kayak rentals

If you’ve kayaked before and are ready to get on the water, you can rent kayaks from local outfitters in Big Sky. Then, you can set out on a fun-filled adventure. You can start in Yellowstone National Park and cruise down the Gallatin River

Kayak Trips

If you’d prefer to embark on a kayaking trip led by a local tour guide, that’s an option too! Local outfitters provide half-day and full-day trips on the Gallatin and through whitewater rapids. During these excursions, you’ll learn about the environment of Big Sky and gaze at the picturesque landscapes. 

Other Ways to Get on the Water in Big Sky

Would you prefer to try a boat other than a kayak during your visit to Montana? There’s an array of other water sports that you can try! 


family on fishing trip

When you go rafting in Big Sky, Montana, you’ll experience the thrill of a lifetime. As you flow down the cascading river, you’ll feel like you’re in a whole new world. You’ll be close to some of the best rafting trips around when you stay at The Wilson Hotel in Big Sky


An amazing family-friendly activity to enjoy on the waters of Big Sky is canoeing. Our partner, Big Sky River Adventures and Tours, is happy to offer canoeing trips along the Madison River. On these trips, you’ll learn about wildlife and have the opportunity to take a dip in the refreshing water. They can also teach you how to fly fish

Stand Up Paddleboards

Paddleboarding is a peaceful activity that also yields a fantastic workout. Rent a classic paddleboard or inflatable paddleboard and move through the Madison River. You’ll get a new perspective of the water and the landscapes that surround you. 

Stay at The Wilson Hotel

The Wilson Hotel pool

When you’re visiting Big Sky, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head and prepare for your exciting kayaking expedition. Stay at The Wilson Hotel, and you’ll be near the area’s best water sports and outfitters. Our hotel is happy to provide you with luxurious accommodations and impressive amenities,  such as a pool, hot tub, and fitness center. If you’re ready to start planning this one of a kind trip to Big Sky, Montana, take a look at our accommodations and check our availability. We can’t wait to host you!

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