Missouri River

Three Forks, Montana 59752

Missouri River

Missouri River Professional Review and Guide

"The river that carried Lewis and Clark across much of Montana is a trout-filled mountainous stream in its upper reaches and a broad, scenic prairie river in its lower two-thirds. This is a trip through history.

The river is Class I, suitable for beginners its entire length, except below Morony Dam in Great Falls (4 miles of Class III rapids). Float from Fred Robinson to Fort Peck Reservoir in September to see and hear one of the last remaining prairie elk herds in the nation."

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Missouri River Reviews

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While I've floated various points along the Missouri River in Montana, I would recommend to anyone beginning in Ft. Benton and continuing downstream to Kipps Landing. The highlight of any trip along this river is the Wild & Scenic section. Make camp at Eagle Creek and Hole-in-the-Wall for some really great hiking.

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Trail Information

Three Forks
Nearby City
734 miles
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Class I-III
Strong winds, sudden storms, mosquitoes, and plenty of rattlesnakes.
Fishing, Camping, Birding
Additional Use
BLM, Lewistown or Fort Benton; Montana River Outfitters, Great Falls; Missouri River Outfitters, Fort Benton; Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures, Missoula.
Local Contacts
BLM: Upper Missouri National Wild & Scenic River (maps 1 and 2, 3 and 4); USFS: Helena; USGS: Bozeman, MT; White Sulphur, MT; Great Falls, MT; Shelby, MT; Lewistown, MT; Jordan, MT; Wolf Point, MT; River Rat Maps: Upper Missouri River & Chain of Lakes Complex—Three Forks to Wolf Creek; Upper Missouri #2—Holter Dam to Fort Benton; Montana Afloat: #16 (The Missouri River).
Local Maps

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Jul 2018