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Montana's Wild and Scenic
Upper Missouri River
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Montana's Upper Missouri River Guides and Canoe Outfitters

Missouri Breaks Area
Lodging, Transportation, Local Attractions


Closest Major Airport: Great Falls International, 40 miles from Fort Benton on U.S. Highway 87.
Airlines: Northwest, Delta, Horizon, Sky West.
Car Rental: Several major companies at airport.
Shuttle Service: We can arrange transportation in our vans . We can pick you up at the airport to bring you to a Ft. Benton hotel, or pick you up at a Great Falls hotel on the morning of your trip. Call for pricing.


Great Falls

In Great Falls our clients get discounted rooms at the Best Western Heritage Inn. Call (800) 548-8256, and ask for "HIP" rates for Upper Missouri River Guides. This is a really nice hotel, whose shuttle van does airport pick-ups, as well as free transport to features such as the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the Charlie Russell Museum. Good restaurant and comfortable lounge on premises. Rooms run around $70.

Fort Benton

In Fort Benton, the Grand Union Hotel offers discounts to our clients. This is a 120 year-old hotel that has been painstakingly restored to its original grandeur. There is a five-star restaurant on premises. The hotel is built on the bank of the Upper Missouri River, which some rooms overlook. Rooms run around $120. Call (888) 838-1882 .

Fort Benton's Pioneer Lodge provides clean basic motel rooms and is conveniently located downtown on historic Front St., just across from the Upper Missouri River. Rooms run about $60. Call (800) 622-6088.

Places of Interest

Great Falls

Charlie Russell Museum - large collection of this famous western artist's works, and his original studio.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center - for Lewis and Clark enthusiasts, this is a premier place to visit. It is a treasure of information about the Expedition in general, with particular emphasis on Lewis and clark in Montana.

Fort Benton

Bureau of Land Management, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Visitor Center - contains displays of the Upper Missouri's history, geology, flora and fauna, with focus on Lewis and Clark. It is also a good source of information about paddling the river, with maps and books for sale.

Montana Agricultural Museum - This is a exceedingly well done museum which chronicles the history of agriculture in central Montana, from the homestead era to the present.


Lewis and Clark's Decision Point - twenty miles from Fort Benton, is located at the confluence of the Missouri and Marias rivers. It was a critical place for the Expedition, where they spent 11 days exploring the two rivers to determine which would lead them to the Pacific Ocean. There is a short trail here and interpretive signs, with spectacular views of the confluence.