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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

Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River
Planning a Guided Trip

Thank you for considering a guided trip with us. This page contains information to help you
plan a guided trip. Read the Introduction, then follow these links:

Segment Descriptions - The Upper River, The White Cliffs, and The Badlands.
Trip Packages & Rates - Day trips to multi-day.
Equipment - What we provide; what you'll need to bring.
Lodging and Local Attractions - airports, museums, transportation.
Menus - What we serve on the river.
River Info - Climate, geology, wildlife, history.

A Short Introduction To Our Guide Service

Montana's Upper Missouri is one of the premier canoe trips in the United States, and the most unspoiled segment of the entire Lewis & Clark Trail. The river corridor is a 149 mile wilderness and most trips on the river involve one to several nights of camping. The Upper Missouri is blessed with outstanding scenery, spectacular geology, and abundant wildlife. A Class One river, with no rapids, it can be canoed by beginner-level paddlers, including children. Since 1994 our family operated business has guided hundreds of clients on the Upper Missouri, including families, groups of friends, and business retreats. We have authored and published the only available guidebook for the Upper Missouri. Our all-inclusive guided trips provide you with all of the equipment and amenities to enjoy the Upper Missouri to its fullest, including:

  • High-tech, top of the line Wenonah canoes of fiberglass and Kevlar construction. They are unquestionably the lightest, safest, and fastest canoes on the river, and Upper Missouri River Guides is the only outfitter offering them. Their high-tech design significantly reduce paddling effort, getting you down the river with fewer paddling strokes and less energy expended. Mass-produced aluminum and plastic canoes simply don't compare with the performance, comfort, and quality of these hand-built craft.
  • Carbon fiber paddles weighing 12 ounces. They virtually eliminate upper body fatigue during a day of paddling.
  • Cascade Designs dry bags to protect your personal gear such as sleeping bag, clothing, and camera.
  • Complete camping setup consisting of Sierra Designs tents, Therma-Rest mattresses, dining tables, and chairs.
  • Three hearty and nutritious meals prepared on the river from fresh ingredients.
  • Local transportation in air-conditioned vans.
  • Experienced guides to provide you with assurance of a safe, interesting, and adventurous trip that will be memorable for your group. Our owner-guide Glenn Monahan (click for biography) specialize in the river's history, geology, and ecology. Our trips include a number of hikes to spectacular and interesting off-river locations.

We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve you. Thanks!