Upper Missouri River Breaks


Upper Missouri River Breaks Fort Benton to Kipp Recreation Area

June 10 - June 25, 2017 (16 days)


10 days and 149 miles of down-river paddling and camping, 4 days of driving. 

Paddle the upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and Wild & Scenic River in Central Montana through 375,000 acres of public lands that hold a spectacular array of plant life, wildlife, unique geological features, and significant historical and Cultural values.  The river and the rugged surrounding uplands are defined in part by their history.  The entire region was the homeland and lifeblood of Native Americans.  The river served as the pathway for Lewis & Clark, Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce, steamboats, fur trappers, and traders.  Later the Missouri Breaks were sanctuaries for the desperadoes trying to stay a step ahead of the law.

Within the Monument you can float the river, fish, hike, find a little solitude, and enjoy a sense of exploration in a remote setting.  You can also explore the remains of scattered homesteads that have survived the test of time.

Wildlife in the area include Mule and Whitetail Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Coyotes, Mountain Lions, Red Fox, Badger, Raccoon, Skunk, Beaver, Porcupine, Muskrat, Prairie Dogs, numerous waterfowl, turkeys, songbirds, raptors, and reptiles.

There are good fishing opportunities.  A Montana non-resident fishing license is required.  Common sport fish that are available include Walleye, Sauger, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, Smallmouth Bass, Shovelnose Sturgeon, and Paddlefish.

If the group desires we could add a couple of days to the itinerary for a visit to Glacier National Park on the way back and return on Sunday instead of Friday.

NSSKA Trip Rating: III-C (river paddling with some Class I rapids)

Trip Leader: Bill Brackin, bbrackin1@comcast.net, 360-691-9436

Limited to 10 paddlers maximum

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