Smith River Rentals

Everything you need for the ultimate river trip

Outfitting Smith River Raft Rentals Since 2015.


The Smith River is truly one of Montana’s treasures, and floating the Smith is an experience true and dear to the hearts of everyone here at Explore Rentals.

We are proud to offer the most extensive inventory of premium rental rafting equipment in the Bozeman area. Everything that you need, or want, we most likely have. Why do we have such a ridiculous inventory of rafting and camping supplies? Because we love it!

Explore Rentals is a true brick-and-mortar business located right next to the Bozeman Airport, your best airport for accessing White Sulphur Springs and Ft. Baker. We have been renting camping gear, fly fishing equipment, and boats for over 10-years now and have learned a thing or two about what our guests need and want. In addition to your Smith River rentals, we also offer vehicle rentals that we allow towing with, so we are truly your one-stop-shop for your Smith River adventure!


Explore Rentals has been renting rafts and drift boats since 2015. The quality of our boats, and the way we rig our boats, is superior to our competition. The owner of Explore has guided river trips in Alaska, Russia, and Mongolia- and his attention for detail is reflected in the way our rental boats perform. At the end of the day, he uses these boats, too. 

For 2021 we are stepping up our game- big time. Pretty sure we now offer more rental rafts rigged for overnight floats and more camping gear than any other company in Montana.

Whether you are doing a multi-day trip on the Smith or Blackfoot, a hardcore fishing trip on the Madison, or doing a social float on the Yellowstone- our rental rafts are the best around.  

Smith River Rentals

Smith River Rentals


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 waders and boots from Simms and fly rods from Echo. 

Superior Rental Rafts for Overnight and Smith River 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. 


Our larger rental offerings are Star Outlaw 150s. Star is NRS’ commercial line of boats. Unique to this model is a drop-stitch floor. This is the same material that stand-up paddleboards are made of. It is extremely durable and is able to be inflated to a much higher PSI creating a stable floor, which means it is much easier to stand-up and cast, move around the boats, and to pack your gear. These boats are self-bailing. We have chosen 15′ rafts in order to comfortably accommodate three+ people and gear for multi-night trips. These are our most comfortable boats and by all standards can be considered a “Deluxe” package. 

15′ boats Deluxe package boats are rigged and ready to go. They include 2 oars, one extra back up, 3-life jackets, dry box with flip up rowers seat, anchor system with anchor, repair kit, pump, throw rope, saddle bags for lifejacket storage, side plank for naps/ gear storage, rear swivel seat, front casting brace, and Paddler’s first aid kit. They also include numerous Downriver Equipment dropbags and cup holders. Boats are rigged to have the bow angler sit on top of a cooler (Canyon Prospector 103- included).



These are Star Outlaw 140s, so the same as their bigger brothers being burly commercial self-bailing rafts with drop-stitch floors with NRS Bighorn 2 frames. These boats are much more basically equipped than our Deluxe boats- but are a great platform to be safe and comfortable on the river with. 

Included with our 14′ Standard rafts: 3x PFDs enclosed in DRE drop bag, 2-oars with one spare, repair kit, bowline for securing boat. tractor style rowers seat. The bow seating configuration is on top of a Canyon 103qt cooler (included), stern seat is the NRS swivel system. 

We highly recommend contacting the office for recommendations on how to get the best rental for your desires and budget. 



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Explore Rentals has the largest inventory of rental outdoor gear around. Most likely we have the other items you may need, or want, that will make your Smith River experience memorable. Check out our online catalog for pricing and availability of the hundreds of items we have available. 





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 Smith River Rentals at the shop. We are happy to help rigging and customizing your rental boats.  Go and enjoy! 


At the end of your trip, return all rentals to our shop, your CC on file will be billed the balance due. We hope you have some epic photos to share! 

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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, or give us a call at 406-922-0179 to start planning for your adventure.