Temperatures across Montana are on the rise, and the long-awaited summer season is right around the corner. Summer temperatures in the state may pale in comparison to several other states, but residents are always looking for ways to stay cool.

Beat the Heat! Float Down This Famous Montana River

Floating rivers and swimming in lakes and reservoirs are two effectives ways to beat the heat in Montana. Across the state, there are endless options if you're looking for relief from the summer sun. Montana is home to some of the most beautiful rivers in America, and regardless of where you are in the state, there's a river nearby.

River Rafting

The Flathead River and Blackfoot River in western Montana are popular destinations for floaters during the summer, but there's one river that is considered slightly more famous that others, mostly due to the fact the the headwaters of the river are located inside of a National Park. The Yellowstone River is one of the most renowned rivers in the world, and it the longest undammed rivers in the lower 48 States.

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The Yellowstone River is known for its world-class fly fishing and is one of the best rivers in the state if you're looking for a good place to go rafting or tubing. The most popular section for floating is the Paradise Valley between Livingston and Gardiner. Here's a map of the Yellowstone River provided by the United States Forest Service

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If you're looking for more information about floating the Yellowstone River, Falcon Guides: Paddling Montana is a fantastic resource.

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