By Skylar Rispens
School shopping getting you down? September and beyond in Montana is full of continued opportunities for adventure. Beauty hides around every corner in our great state and it’s important to have the right gear for your trip. There are many stores in Helena that can help get you set up for your next outing with top of the line products available for rent. Renting items from stores in town is a great idea to ensure that you are getting the right product for your trip, and can often times be significantly cheaper than trying to rent gear within a national park.
Cross Currents has two locations, one in Helena, and another in Craig, right on the Missouri River north of town. The business rents the finest gear for fishing, floating, and camping, such as the latest Orvis fly rods, reels, breathable waders and rain gear, oars, anchors, dry bags, and roll-a-tables. Cross Currents also rents drift boats for the Missouri River and rafts for the Smith River, the Missouri River, the Blackfoot, and other rivers in Montana. In addition to the rafts and drift boots, they also rent single-person fishing and recreational boats such as Outcast Kick-Boats, inflatable kayaks, and stand up paddleboards.
Finding yourself looking for more than fishing gear? All River Equipment in Helena has rafts, kayaks, standup paddleboards (or SUPs), coolers, kitchen gear, trailers, and other accessories available to rent to help your next outdoor adventure go smoothly. They take rentals by the day or by the week. All River Equipment offers some of the best quality equipment and competitive prices. All River Equipment can be contacted at (406) 431-1815.
Capital Sports is also prepared to make your trip on the river one to remember, with a large selection of SUPs. canoes, rafts, and kayaks, they have what you need to start exploring Montana’s rivers and lakes like a pro.
The Base Camp is noted for carrying almost all of the gear you need to get outside. If you choose to stay on the water, they have kayaks, a canoe, and SUPs available to rent in the summer. However, if you prefer camping or backpacking, they also have the gear you need, such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and backpacks.
If you are an ATV adventurer, Water Fun Rentals can not only supply your summer boat or jetski adventure but also your ATV 4-wheeler rental. ATV’s come on a trailer for easy customer transport, helmets are also available to rent. Come check out this local company for your next ATV adventure needs.
Extend your Helena, Montana adventures through the fall this year on our extensive trail system, lakes, rivers, and other recreation areas. For recreation suggestions, contact the Visit Helena Montana office at (406)449-2107.