Upper Missouri National Wild & Scenic River

Upper Missouri National Wild & Scenic River

One of the premier canoe trips in the US, The Upper Missouri River in Montana is part of the National Wild and Scenic River System and the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

This wilderness stretch of river covers 149 miles, winding through a spectacular canyon cut deep into the central Montana prairie. Experience the incredible beauty and peacefulness of the river, mostly unchanged since the days of Lewis and Clark.

The best choices for navigating the river are canoes and sea kayaks, however rafts and drift boats are also used by some. Permits are not required to canoe the Upper Missouri

Camping on the river is permitted on all public lands. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management manages camping along the river and maintains a number of camp areas which offer amenities such as fire rings and latrines.

The Upper Missouri Wild and Scenic River played a major role in the settling of the West. Many important historic sites are along its banks. You'll find Indian encampments, Lewis and Clark campsites, fur trading post sites, steamboat landings, and abandoned homesteads.

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