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Kayak, Rafts, and SUP Rentals in Bozeman


Explore Rentals has been renting watersports equipment since 2015. We offer an extensive inventory of NRS and STAR boats and are the only business in Bozeman that offers secure after-hours drop offs so you don’t have to cut your time on the river short. Whether you are looking to do a SUP paddle on Hyalite reservoir, or a multi-night expedition on the Smith River- we have got you covered.

Rental Paddle Boards


Paddle boarding offers a fun, relaxing way to spend the day on the water. Our line of NRS CRUZ and CRUZ XL paddle boards are highly stable and beginner-friendly from the start. The 5-inch-thick boards provide optimal performance and stability for paddlers up to 220 pounds. Double sidewall construction for increased durability and streamlined aesthetics. The heavy-duty PVC drop-stitch construction stands up to abrasion and abuse. NRS added a sturdy webbing handle in the center of the board for easy carrying and two handles, one on the front and back, to aid during an unexpected swim. Five stainless D-rings give you basic options for attaching gear and a leash.

The only difference between the CRUZ and the CRUZ XL SUP Rentals is that NRS added six inches to the length, and gave paddlers four more inches of width to the Cruz XL. These added inches offer a little more stability for the wobbly rookies or a solid platform for larger paddlers. The recommended weight capacity for either board is 220lbs.

Paddle Board Rental Includes – Board, paddle, fin, pump, and PFD for $30/Day. 

(All paddle board rentals are sent out deflated)







Rental inflatable Kayaks

A super fun way to explore Hyalite or float the Yellowstone! 

NRS Outlaw IK’s are built with advanced PVC material to aid in abrasion resistance and air retention. Drop stitched and self-bailing floors provide you with an extremely stable and comfortable position above the water. With inflatable thwart seats providing you with a comfortable backrest that can be easily adjusted to suit each paddler, via a strap through the self-bailing floors drain holes. Bow and stern handles make the Outlaw easy to carry to and from the water. These inflatable kayaks compact easily when deflated for storage and transport.

Inflatable Kayak Rental Includes – kayak, paddle, pump, and PFD.

Two-person kayak rentals will receive 2 paddles and 2 PFD’s.

(Rental kayaks are sent out deflated with a pump unless requested otherwise)



Single Person


Two Person

Rental Canoes 

Throw this guy on top of one of our rental trucks and you can explore just about any body of water in Montana. 

Old Town Discovery 15 comes with a square stern, meaning that it can be paddled traditionally or motored with up to a 4 HP motor. Extremely versatile, the Discovery 15 is great for any outdoor enthusiast. Designed with full-length stabilizing chines and a generous beam, the Discovery 15 provides a dry and confident ride. Whether rowed, paddled, or motored, you’ll enjoy the Discovery 15. Capacity, when paddled, is 1,650 lbs, when a motor is added the capacity is changed to 4 persons or 800 lbs. This canoe does have a keel, and is not well suited to floating the Smith River in low water. 

Canoe Rental Includes – canoe, paddles, and 2 or 3 PFD’s for $75/Day.




Looking for something a bit larger? Head on over to our Rafts page to learn more about the three different sized rafts we offer!

Recommended Waters to Float

The Madison

The Madison River is a local favorite and perhaps one of the most renowned rivers and fisheries in all of Montana. With ample public access and beautiful surrounding scenery, it’s no wonder the Madison is a fan favorite. The lower Madison is a popular spot for floaters, Warm Springs to Black’s Ford, is an afternoons float that is perfect for the entire family.

Best to float with: Paddleboards, Kayaks

The Yellowstone

A staff favorite by far. The famed Yellowstone River is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the United States and offers amazing scenery, beautiful water and great fishing with plenty of public access points.

Best to float with: Kayaks

The Jefferson

While not as renowned for its fishing as the Madison and Yellowstone, the Jefferson offers a less crowded option for the angler or floater looking to skip the crowds, and is a great option for the canoe or kayaker looking to get a day in on the water.

Best to float with: Paddle boards, Kayaks, Canoe

Hyalite Reservoir

Just a hop skip and a jump from town. Hyalite is a popular place among locals that offers great options for floaters and anglers. Spend the afternoon fishing from either a canoe or kayak. If fishing isn’t your style grab a paddle board and you can enjoy a day exploring the lake.

Best to float with: Paddle board, Kayak, Canoe

For more information on these local waters please visit our “River Resources” page by clicking here