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Beartooth Paddler's Society


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Beartooth Paddlers Society

A paddling club representing all river users…





A non-profit all volunteer organization serving the paddling community along the Beartooth Mountains of Montana and Wyoming.


The Mission Of BPS:
The Beartooth Paddler's Society will promote the enjoyment and safety of paddlesports recreation by providing education, social events and awareness of river issues and conservation. And, above all, HAVE FUN!!


Why Paddle?

For fun…for relaxation…for fitness…for competition…for scenic or wilderness experience…for family activity or for fishing and hunting, just to name a few. The sports of canoeing, kayaking and rafting are wrapped up in the term “paddlesports”, one of today’s fastest growing recreational activities. Paddling can range from a lazy afternoon float on flat water to pulse-pounding wild water excitement. Wilderness fishing and camping, scenic lake or ocean paddling, slalom, down river or triathlon racing are just a few choices, dictated only by geography and the skill and desires of the individual paddler. TRY IT – YOU’LL LIKE IT!


Why is there a Beartooth Paddlers Society?

The Beartooth Paddlers Society was formed in 1982 to promote the enjoyment of recreational and competition paddling, whether by canoe, kayak or raft.


Purposes and activities include programs aimed at helping entry level paddlers get started, developing good technique, paddling safety, equipment knowledge, race sponsorship, river conservation support, boating courtesy toward fellow paddlers, landowners and fishermen, used equipment availability and information on area river, access, routes and degree of difficulty.


So – What’s Happened Since?

With original activities still as valid and appropriate as in 1982, BPS has continued to add other needed enjoyable activities and services.

  1. Monthly meetings held October through May. Programs offer films, slides, and discussion on equipment, member trips, and other subjects of interest.
  2. Weekly indoor kayak roll instruction beginning in February and continuing through March or early April.
  3. Informal river trips of varying difficulty.
  4. Organized slalom and/or downriver races and whitewater rodeo events.
  5. A “River Safety Day” with hands-on instruction in the latest river rescue techniques and accident prevention practices.
  6. Bi-Monthly publication of Riffles & Rapids, an informative Society newsletter.
  7. A Membership Directory, which includes names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Helpful in getting paddling partners.
  8. Annual social events that include a summer picnic and a Christmas party.


And BPS paddling and off water activities continues to grow….



Be a BPS Pool Session Participant…


Here’s Why…

Beartooth Paddlers Society conducts weekly instructional pool sessions during the months of February through early April.


These offer great opportunity to beginners to get the feel of a boat and learn the Eskimo roll. The sessions are also beneficial to experienced paddlers for fine tuning their rolls and bracing techniques.


Pool admission and equipment come at a very nominal cost. Instruction is furnished free of charge by volunteer society members.


Why should all paddlers be members?

The benefits of instruction, equipment knowledge, camaraderie and just plain paddling pleasure are only a few of the reasons a Beartooth Paddlers Society membership makes good sense.


BPS maintains membership in and supports selected national paddling organizations dedicated to similar goals, programs and activities as BPS.


So, whether your interest is in canoeing, kayaking or rafting aimed at whitewater play, triathlon or other racing events, flat-water river or lake touring, camping, fishing, wilderness expeditions or just a quiet Sunday afternoon paddling, there’s something of value for you in a Beartooth Paddlers Society Membership.



The cost to join BPS is $20 per year. Annual membership dues are due the 1st of January.  


A membership application is below. Just fill out the form and email. Happy Paddling!

For further questions: please call Sunshine Sports @ 252-3724 or email at bps@bresnan.net.


Membership Form

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