Bozeman Raft Rental

Everything you need for the ultimate river trip



We have been in the raft rental business for a while now, and have learned a thing or two about rigging boats for Montana rivers. We are into functional, not flash, and proudly offer very comfortable and safe rental rafts for day trips or overnights on our local rivers. All of our boats are rigged with oar frames with the angler and recreational floater in mind- not the hard core whitewater paddler. Our boats are fully capable of running Yankee Jim on the Yellowstone or the Beartrap Canyon of Lower Madison in the right hands, but they are more geared to relaxing in the sun with your friends. 

We offer three different boats to accommodate floaters. Our smallest option is a 12′ Star Outlaw. This boat is rigged for two people as an overnight boat, specifically for horsepacking trips into the South Fork of the Flathead or similar rivers. It is light, durable, and breaks down to go on a horse. Backcountry adventures are what this boat is for, and it comes with double redundancy of items that can fail.  If you are looking for a rental raft for a pack trip, this is the perfect boat. This boat is sent out already broken down with a full inventory and photos of contents provided to renter. 

Our 14′ rental rafts are our standard option. These are all rigged with a 103qt IGBC Compliant cooler with cushion as the bow seat (3-people can sit here comfortably), a rowers seat, and a rear swivel seat. PFDs, pump, and repair kit are stored in a dry bag. An extra oar is included. There are cup holders for everyone. There is a leaning bar in bow and anchor system. These boats come inflated and ready to float on a trailer. 

Our 15′ rental rafts, affectionately called River Cadillacs, are extremely well appointed and comfortable set ups. The same 103qt cooler/ cushion set up in the bow, followed by a Down River Equipment drop-bag, then a dry box with flip-up rowers seat, and a swivel seat in stern. Each side of the raft features our custom EVA foam covered “rails” that are 12″ x 96″ long and offer tons of storage, the ability to walk up and down the sides of the raft, a great place for a dog, and a better place for a nap. These are truly game-changing. All of our 15′ rafts come with 2 Down River Equipment rod storage tubes, cup holders, captains bags, anchor system, bow leaning bar, extra oar, 3x PFDs, pump, and repair kit. Without a doubt, these are the most comfortable rental rafts available in Montana. 

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Here at Explore Rentals, we do not cut corners. We learned a long time ago that if you have inferior outdoor gear, Montana will eat your lunch. As a result, we have chosen to only offer rental NRS and STAR river rafts. NRS is a name everybody knows of course, Star has been around forever (recently acquired by NRS) and has been the leading producer of commercial use boats for a long time. In addition to awesome boats and accessories, we also rent camp cooking gear from Camp Chef and GSI, Yeti Coolers, UDAP IGBC compliant food storage solutions, and almost the full line of Big Agnes camping gear. Oh- we also rent Simms waders and boots along with Echo fly rods.

Superior Rental Rafts for Overnight Adventures

Our rental rafts are painstakingly chosen, outfitted, and designed for overnight river trips. We have spared no expense to ensure our renters will have the safest, most comfortable, Smith River or any other river camping experience. The owner of Explore has professionally outfitted river trips in Russia, Mongolia, Alaska, and Montana- just to name a little bit of his experience. That knowledge, combined with the largest inventory of rental outdoor gear in Montana equals an unparalleled quality of product and experience.


We love river trips, and we are pretty darned good at them. Explore Rentals has everything you can imagine for the most comfortable, and fun, river trip. Our Big Agnes Sugarloaf shelters are the perfect gathering point for dinner with protection from the elements and insects. The superlight Helinox chairs and tables can play double duty for off-the-grid cornhole competitions. Rental Alps Mountaineering ReadyLite Cots will give you a great nights sleep without weighing down your boat. We literally have EVERYTHING you could possibly need for a river trip. 

Just because you are camping a million miles from nowhere, does not mean you have to be uncivilized! 

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Step 1.

On our Reservations page, enter your requested rental dates. Available inventory of each item will be displayed. Select what you desire and add to your cart.

Step 2.

Verify your Cart and rental dates/ times. A 15% credit card deposit is required to confirm all bookings. You will be prompted for flight info and contact info, as well as the CC deposit.


Pick up your rentals at the shop by 4:30pm.


You can return your raft rentals after-hours, your credit card on file will be charged the balance due. 

Explore Rentals


Explore Rentals has been providing superior outdoor gear rentals since 2011. Our goal has always been to provide the best possible rental gear for outdoor adventures so comfort and safety is never compromised. Through many years of professional guiding, our experience enable us to provide better products for Montana adventures.

Come say hi at our shop next to the Bozeman Airport, of give us a call at 406-922-0179 to start planning for your adventure.