GOING TO THE SUN ROAD RESERVATIONS 2021 UPDATE: Glacier National Park will require reservations to enter the park from May 28th to September 6th. YOUR BIKE OR KAYAK RENTALS WITH GLACIER OUTFITTERS WILL SERVE AS YOUR ENTRY TICKET, WITH YOUR PARK PASS, ON THE DAY OF YOUR RENTAL. To learn more please visit GNP's Website

Boats - Glacier Outfitters

Kayak and SUP rentals include: Paddle - Life Jacket - Drybag (upon request) - Leash (SUP only upon request)

Boats are first come first serve unless you have a reservation. Be ready to hit the water for hours of fun! We offer several different types of boats including: single kayaks, tandem kayaks, triple kayaks, fishing kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards. Note that triple kayaks are for two adults and one child (up to 120 lbs). We proudly rent top of the line Ocean Brand Kayaks.

Reserve your boat

  • Online using our easy to use booking system. To book online you must book 48 hours or more in advance.
  • Text, call, or email to have our reservations staff book your gear or get you a quote. Next day reservations end at 5pm local time.
  • All reservations are for a minimum of 2 hours and start at 9:30am. We generally have limited walk-in availability between 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM. See the FAQ for more info.

Know Before You Go!

Our shop is located a few hundred yards from the edge of Lake McDonald. All boat rentals will include life jackets and a set of wheels to transport your boat from our shop directly to the lake. No need to put your boat on your vehicle!

If you want to transport the boat elsewhere, you will be responsible for transportation and for bringing the boat through all necessary watercraft inspection points, including the checkpoint at the west entrance prior to returning the boat. We can provide tie-downs and pool noodles for you to attach the boat to your vehicle.

Our boats are to be used on flat water only (i.e. lakes) This includes our Alpacka pack rafts

Most customers seem to find that two hours is enough. If you are out on the lake having a blast and want to go longer, you are more than welcome to extend your rental - you will be charged retroactively for any additional time.

There are two options in this case. Option 1: take your chances on a walk-in rental. We generally have limited walk-in availability between 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM. All walk-ins are first come, first serve. If you are hoping for a walk-in during peak season, plan on waiting in line for a while. The more boats you are hoping to rent, the longer the wait time. Option 2: Book a full day rental. Boats are held for the duration of your rental, so if you book for a full day, we will hold the boat until you arrive to pick it up. Boats need to be returned no later than close of business, regardless of pick-up time.

In past years, we have made exceptions to allow for sunset and sunrise boating. However, due to low staffing numbers and increased traffic, we are no longer able to accommodate these orders. The only way to catch a sunrise/sunset is to book a two day rental.

Approximately three hours prior to closing, we will stop sending out walk-in boats. During peak season, this may happen earlier depending on traffic. We understand the frustration that this causes, but once we stop renting boats out for the day, exceptions will not be made for later arrivals, so please plan to arrive early!

We do not cancel for rain or cold weather. We will cancel and reschedule or refund orders if it is unsafe to be on the water. This happens primarily when there is high wind or lightning. We have also closed for poor air quality during fire season. If you are worried about boating in wet weather, we encourage you to check the weather forecast and cancel or reschedule at least 72 hours in advance of your reservation start time. Please see our cancellation policy for more information.

No worries! Your boat will be held for the duration of your rental period. Additional time can be added to your rental if you wish to extend your rental time. See pricing for additional hourly rates.

Reservations are not cancelled for fog, rain or a chilly day. We will cancel if the conditions are not suitable for paddling or biking (lightning, strong winds or extreme weather). Cancellations made at least 3 days prior to the trip will receive a full refund. Cancelling with a 24 hours notice or more will be able to transfer payment to a future trip or program. Cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice will receive no refund. No shows will also forfeit the entire reservation fee. If we cancel due to emergency, extreme weather, or if the rental item is down for repairs you may reschedule or receive a full refund. In the event Glacier Outfitters has to cancel the reservation, we will make every attempt to contact you in a timely fashion.

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