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Trip 3 in our Day Trip Series: Water All the Way

June 16, 2023 8:32 AM | Anonymous

Ready to plan a day on the water and enjoy the wild and scenic rivers?  Well, you came to the right place! Columbia Falls has ample access to rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds. Whether you fish, boat, or float there is an option for you.

Right in the city of Columbia Falls, if you head to Rivers Edge Park you will find a stocked fishing pond for kids, a beautiful walking trail, and access to the Flathead River so you can enjoy a picnic lunch.  Also in town is a public pool that is open during the summer season.

If rivers are more your style, the Flathead River flows right through Columbia Falls and offers some of the best fishing and floating around.  Let us tell you a little more about planning your own trip or taking a guided trip with a licensed outfitter!  

Here are a few suggestions for planning your own trip:

When leaving Columbia Falls, head east to the public boat launch in West Glacier, Montana located near the West Glacier Golf Course. Once you put your floating device in the water, get ready for an exciting day. You will float down the Middle Fork of the Flathead until you join up with the North Fork of the Flathead.  Continue on and right in Columbia Falls, as soon as you go under the bridge to Columbia Falls, on the right is the Teakettle put it on and take out. Looking for a shorter trip?  We suggest putting in at the Blankenship Bridge, which is north of Columbia Falls, and taking out at Teakettle.

A few tips for floating/rafting on your own: 

  1. Wear a life jacket. It doesn't matter if you are a kid or an adult, this is a must to stay safe on the water! 
  2. Check the river conditions and water levels.
  3. Two vehicles are needed - One at the put in and one at the take out spot. 
  4. Bring a cooler packed with your favorite drinks and lunch. 
  5. Pack a dry bag for any devices you don't want to get wet. 
  6. Bring sunscreen and bug spray.  
  7.  There are several rental companies available in Columbia Falls and West Glacier that have the gear you need.

Not sure about floating on your own? Not a problem! There are multiple commercial raft companies in the area with deep knowledge of our rivers.  Let the experts plan your day so you can relax and fully enjoy it. You can arrange a two hour, four hour or longer overnight raft/float trips or a guided fishing trip. 

Visit our business directory to find a guided outfitter that will work for you.

Photo Credit:  Hungry Horse Newspaper


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