Floating the Whitefish River

The Whitefish River, the outlet to Whitefish Lake, is a flat stretch of river that makes it a perfect float for the entire family.

For a full afternoon excursion, this calm boat ride encompasses 15 miles of natural beauty that begins at the head of Whitefish Lake and ends where the river intersects the Highway 40 bridge. An afternoon trip provides opportunities for swimming, birdwatching, fishing or just floating. Launch a canoe, kayak or paddleboard from City Beach on Whitefish Lake and paddle to the mouth of the river. Leave a shuttle vehicle at the hwy 40 bridge. 

For a shorter paddle, multiple boat launch points along the river allow for varied lengths, and the river is mellow enough to paddle both up and downstream. A popular float is to put in at Riverside Park and paddle upstream to Whitefish Lake. After a rest at City Beach, turn your craft around and have a easy float back to the park. 

The bike path parallels much of the river allowing for easy tubing as well. 

Northern pike and the occasional cutthroat trout are in the river for fishing. Buy your fishing license at Sportsman Ski Haus.

Lifejackets are required to be on board any watercraft. 

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Latitude: 48.415927887 Longitude: -114.351799011 Elevation: 3025 ft
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Best Access Points

City Beach on Edgewood Drive. Riverside Park on Baker Avenue

Take Highway 93 to Whitefish. Turn right on to Baker Avenue and head north over the viaduct. Turn left at the light onto Edgewood Drive. Follow signs to City Beach.

To put in at Riverside Park, turn left onto Baker Avenue. Pull into the parking lot just past the Post Office on the right.

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