Whitewater Rafting? Tackle the tricky (up to class IV) rapids of the Gallatin River, or cruise down the vast expanse of the mighty Yellowstone River. In addition, there’s outstanding kayaking and canoeing on many smaller rivers and lakes and plenty of local outfitters. From the challenging rapids of the Stillwater River to the peaceful waters of Hyalite Reservoir, there are plenty of opportunities for aquatic fun and thrills in Yellowstone Country. And don’t forget about boating on Yellowstone Lake and Lewis Lake in Yellowstone National Park.
Rafting the Yellowstone River
Running from Gardiner, through Paradise Valley to Livingston, then east through Sweet Grass and Stillwater Counties, the mighty Yellowstone River offers many miles of easy to intermediate floating.
Rafting the Gallatin River
The Gallatin River, between Big Sky and Bozeman, offers easy to challenging rapids (class I to IV)—depending where you float—and the time of year.
Floating & Boating
There are many places in Yellowstone Country to play in the water. This could mean kayaking the challenging rapids (class IV-V) of the west end of the Stillwater River, surf-sailing at Hyalite Reservoir or canoeing at Headwaters State Park.
Boating Yellowstone National Park
Come boat in the World’s first National Park and experience the exceptional vistas one can observe only by being out on the water. Boating is allowed on both Yellowstone Lake and Lewis Lake, with easily accessible boat ramps and/or marinas.