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Top Activities to Make Your Montana Summer Unforgettable

Snow Capped mountains, wide open spaces, and breathtaking valleys – the Big Sky Country truly is a haven for outdoor adventurers.

The state attracts approximately 12.5 million people each year, 47% of them during the summer, who spend an average of five nights enjoying a host of outdoor activities. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a nature enthusiast, there’s plenty to do for everyone in Montana.

Here is a list of top Montana summer activities:

Water Activities

Montana has beautiful rivers and lakes that offer many recreational activities, including:

1. Jet Skiing

Nothing compares to the thrill of jet skiing if you are an adrenaline junkie who loves water. If you are in Bozeman, Lake Adventure and Lake Oasis are two places you can explore for water skiing. You also try your hand at waterboarding and other adventures.

For the ultimate jet skiing experience, you can head to BBT Rentals. We offer a wide range of jet skiing rentals, allowing you to make the most out of your summer adventures.

2. Madison River Tubing

The Madison River is a slice of heaven for water enthusiasts who want to bask in nature. Its calm waters are ideal for water tubing – a perfect leisure activity that lets you soak up the sun and drift your worries away. If you don’t like carrying your own floating gear, you can get a floating tube rental from BBT.

3. Kayaking and Canoeing

The Madison River is also a great place for kayaking and canoeing. But if you prefer lake kayaking, you must visit Hyalite Reservoir just outside Bozeman. With its no-wake policy, this lake is ideal for kayaking and canoeing on a sunny summer weekend.

The best part is that you don’t need to pack your own kayak or canoe. Rentals are the easiest way to get your hands on the best equipment. Whether you are a novice or an experienced paddler, BBT can fix you with the right kayaking rental in Montana.

4. Fishing

Most people consider their Montana summer activities incomplete without fishing. From trolling across the Hyalite Reservoir to fly-fishing in the Smith River, the Big Sky Country offers many opportunities for fishing. If you are a novice, you can arrange a guided fly-fishing tour, turning your trip into a memorable experience.

But fly fishing requires proper permits and licenses. If you are visiting in a peak season like summer, we recommend getting your Smith River Permit well in advance. Also, book your fishing gear rentals beforehand, as last-minute rentals are hard to find.

Off-Road Adventures

If off-roading is more your speed, you’ll like what Montana has to offer:

1. ATV/UTV Riding

In Bozeman, you can quickly switch from water skiing to off-roading. It has rugged terrain and popular trails, like Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman Creek, and West Bridger Creek, which are excellent for ATV or UTV riding. Armed with the right ATV/UTV rental from BBT, you can explore the backcountry around Bozeman while taking in its natural beauty.

2. Skiing

While snowmobiling is not a Montana summer activity, skiing is. In fact, the summer season makes Gallatin Peak and Beartooth Pass stand out as popular summer skiing destinations around Montana. You can also ride the Lone Peak Tram at the Big Sky Resort, which runs year-round and takes you more than 11,000 feet high.

Family and Group Activities

There is no shortage of family and group summer activities in Montana.

1. Rafting and Group Floating

Whitewater rafting and group floating are ideal Montana summer activities for families and groups. Madison and Gallatin rivers are full of thrilling rapids suitable for all skill levels. While spring is the right time for whitewater rafting, you can still enjoy it during the early summer. You can book a guided trip, which offers everything from raft rentals and safety jackets to lunch.

When you are done whitewater rafting, try unwinding with a group floating activity. Summer is the perfect time for groups to float as the water in Madison River slows down and warms up. It’s also easy to rent a floating device, whether you need rafts, drift boats, or floating tubes.

2. Camping

Montana’s vast wilderness offers many camping opportunities. Whether Yellowstone National Park or the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, you’ll find the perfect spot to pitch your tent. Also, there are family-friendly camping grounds across the state. These campsites provide all the amenities for a comfortable and memorable summer experience.

But if you are a hardcore camper, you can explore one of the backcountry camping spots around Bozeman. There is no need to carry your own camping supplies except for personal belongings, water, and food. You can rent all camping equipment, from tents and sleeping bags to portable stoves and bear fences.

3. Grilling and Picnics

Grilling is one of the most popular summer activities in Montana. Around the Bozeman area, Hyalite Canyon or Lindley Park are popular spots for grilling and picnic jams with families.
BBT can hook you up with everything you need for a safe, memorable grilling experience with your family.

Utility Trailer Rentals for Your Outdoor Adventures

Enjoying your Montana summer activities becomes easier with quick, cost-effective rentals. But you will still need to take your gear and equipment from one place to another, especially if you plan to stay longer and explore more areas in and around Bozeman.

That’s where trailer rentals come in. At BBT, we offer a range of utility and equipment trailers for rent. While utility trailers are great for moving your camping gear, equipment trailers can haul ATVs, UTVs, and fishing boats. Feel free to book a rental that best suits your needs.


From water sports to off-road adventures, Montana offers endless opportunities for summer fun. Come and experience all the fun things you can do in Montana. When you plan your next summer trip to the Big Sky Country, especially around Bozeman, don’t forget to book your rentals from BBT.

Big Boys Toys Rentals specializes in rentals for all recreational activities, whether you choose to visit in the summer or winter. Contact us to rent yours today!

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