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Highlights
  • Visit the historic and scenic Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
  • Stay in a luxury camp on the Missouri's riverbanks while golden eagles, hawks and falcons gracefully soar above
  • Visit camps where Lewis & Clark stayed some 200 years ago
  • Hike incredible eroded sandstone crags
  • Explore Native American cultural sites and pioneer homesteads

This Missouri River canoe trip traces the path of Lewis & Clark’s return voyage in Montana. The Missouri River's pleasant current makes this trip suitable for anyone in reasonable physical condition and is a great family vacation for paddlers age five and up. This canoe trip offers an intimate visit to the historic and scenic Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.  To help bring a part of the river's history alive, you travel in 34' canoes that replicate those of the early voyageurs, or fur traders and are similar in size to the dugouts used by Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery. Each will carry up to 14 paddlers and two talented ROW guides, making the perfect platform for spinning yarns and pointing out the many points of interest along the way. For those who prefer a smaller craft, we offer the option of paddling a 17' Mad River canoe.

Trip Description

From the launch at Coal Banks Landing, the river carries our canoes down a wide, meandering valley into the famous White Cliffs area. The White Cliffs area is a deep, rugged gorge where steep, eroded sandstone cliffs reach a height of nearly one thousand feet, revealing ten million years of geologic history. Wind and water have eroded the dazzling White Cliffs to create massive rock crags and carved castles that loom high above the river. A storybook of geology unfolds as we continue downstream from White Cliffs to the Missouri River Breaks.

Summer days are typically hot and dry and the cool river water welcomes swimmers. Each night we set up our luxury camp on the Missouri's riverbanks while golden eagles, hawks and falcons gracefully soar above. Cottonwood, juniper and pine grow along the Missouri River with sagebrush, cactus and wildflowers which provide food and shelter for beaver, prairie dogs, antelope, deer, elk and big horn sheep.

Highlights include: visiting camps where Lewis & Clark stayed some 200 years ago, hiking incredible eroded sandstone crags, and exploring Native American cultural sites and pioneer homesteads. The weather and water is typically very warm and wildlife is abundant.

 
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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Missouri River

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4.9 Meals
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Missouri River Canoe Trip: A Lewis & Clark Expedition

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Best Vacation Ever! August 2017

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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Family Magic Trip down the lower Salmon River in August was AMAZING! The guides were awesome! So knowledgeable, funny, and resourceful. The food was better than most restaurants and my kids loved it (as did I)! The River Jester (Lily) was such a sweet yet stern and fun lady that kept the kids entertained and they loved her. They setup camp for us each day at these amazing beaches! I have never been rafting, and they were there to make it seem easy and doable! I loved that they taught us about the local history and environments. A stop at Spalding was awesome start to the trip! I enjoyed the paddle boats, inflatable kayaks, and the oar boats. I even became part of the swim team but it was a good experience having the guides there to ensure our safety. I loved cliff jumping, the short hikes, swimming the rapids, and swimming in the river with the kids. The time with friends and family was great. It was so relaxing and good to meet so many different people I feel that I can call my friends now. Best part was sleeping under the stars with my family hearing the rushing river next to us. The guides made the trip so personal and they were caring! Thanks so much Mark, Max, Connie, Jonas, Curtis, Lily, and Bethany! Absolutely recommend going on a trip with ROW and I plan to with my children again, it was worth every penny! Thanks Jason for helping plan the trip for me!
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There is no better getaway than somewhere with ROW August 2015

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We just got back from a Family Magic Trip thru the SRC...our 3rd trip with you guys (and the first with the kiddos). We've done the Middle Fork, the Rogue and now this. We're hooked and are already talking about where to go next. You guys are phenomenal and then some. It's the only kind of trip I ever want my kids to take...and appreciate the real things in life. ✌️
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Would love to go again! August 2015

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I just took my two kids on their Family Adventure trip down the Salmon River in Idaho for five days. Wow was it amazing! Not just the scenery and fun but the guides were superb as well! I've been telling everyone that will listen that they need to book this trip.
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A great way to get off the beaten path! January 2017

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ROW Adventures is a great way to get off the beaten path and experience our wonderful wilderness with a set of wonderful guides. I am not sure which was the best part of our 6 day trip on The River of No Return; the guides, the food, meeting new people, the river... But all seemed to fall into a wonderful rhythm that perfectly complimented each other. My family was very concerned that we even signed up for this type of vacation. It is one thing to go floating in the wild in your young, but quite different when you are many years down the road and suffer from chronic pain. For some reason, the cooler water if the river, time to give back to ur soul, the daily stops to visit the hot springs, the wonderful healthy great tasting food, and encouragement of our guides all seemed to bring back the youth of our younger days gone by. We smiled, giggled, shared great drink and laughed at the joke after joke. But most of all, it was the guides that made our trip as each day unfolded. Each guide brought back the youth of our soul through the morning stretches, the stories of past explorers, and the shared fishing tackle! Now my next wish is to embark on a new ROW adventure with my son so we can share a new chapter of complete happiness in our beautiful wilderness...Maybe Hells Canyon or their adventure that offers trail riding and fast river rafting! Either way, it is something for everyone no matter what your age!
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Love Row! January 2017

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  • Meals 5.0
Love all the people at Row. Professional and fun. They really give you a hands on experience. Can't wait to spend the summer again with next year!!!

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Itinerary

Day 0:

Travel from your home to Great Falls, Montana. Meet with ROW's team leader at a local hotel at 7:30 PM Pacific Time for a one hour orientation meeting to start your Missouri River canoe trip and to answer any last-minute questions and give you your waterproof bags to pack. Your adventure holiday has begun.

Day 1:

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner

Depart at 7:30 AM in our bus for a two-hour ride to the canoeing trip launch point. Along the way we stop for a brief visit to Montana's first town, Fort Benton. From here we continue to "Decision Point" at the confluence of the Missouri and Marias rivers. We then proceed on to Coal Banks Landing where our staff prepares you with a thorough safety orientation while your personal gear is loaded onto our cargo raft. We launch on the river and enjoy paddling a few miles before stopping for a delicious riverside lunch.

We canoe on the Missouri between 8 and 11 miles the first day and arrive at camp around 4:30 PM. After you carry your personal gear to the tent of your choice, enjoy free time for swimming, hiking, reading or just relaxing. Hors d'oeuvres are served around 6:00 followed by dinner around 7:30. After dinner a campfire is lit and an evening of laughter and sharing begins.

Day 2:

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We wake you around 7:00 AM with the smell of fresh-brewed coffee. Breakfast is served around 7:30 and while we clean up the kitchen you pack up your personal gear. The canoes and cargo raft are loaded and we depart from camp about 9:30 for an adventure-packed day of canoeing, great Western scenery and fun. Soon we arrive at Eagle Creek where Lewis and Clark camped on the night of May 31, 1805.

We spend several hours hiking in the vicinity of Eagle Creek and Neat Coulee. After lunch we paddle in our canoes downstream passing Citadel Rock, a massive igneous intrusion immortalized by German Prince Maximilian's artist Karl Bodmer in 1833. We arrive in camp by 4:00 PM with plenty of time to hike to the "Hole-in-the-Wall," swim in the Missouri River and relax. After dinner and the evening campfire, watch for a glorious star-studded sky.

Day 3:

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We proceed on the mighty Missouri, at times paddling and others just drifting with the gentle current. The impressive landmarks of Steamboat Rock and Dark Butte loom on the horizon. We pass the May 30, 1805 camp of Lewis and Clark. They stopped here after a miserable, rainy day on which they only made 5.4 miles. We stop at one or two pioneer homesteads and imagine life 100 years ago. Eagles soar overhead.

In the late afternoon we pass Slaughter River where Lewis and Clark camped on both their upstream and downstream journeys on the Missouri. It's a satisfying day of history, paddling and nature. Tonight's camp is within walking distance of a prairie dog town and with binoculars and a spotting scope we can observe their antics and social behavior. Enjoy another night of camaraderie and sharing.

Day 4:

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

As we float in our canoes today we hear the remarkable Indian legend about Arrow River. The river canyon widens and we float through the Judith Basin where the first military post, Camp Cooke, existed from 1866-1870. The Judith Basin was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 because of its rich history. Within a few miles we enter the Missouri River Breaks and a completely new landscape. Tonight's camp features a superb mud bath, excellent hiking opportunities and is our last night on the river.

Day 5:

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You may hike downstream a mile, or float, to the Hagadone Homestead where we explore old horse-drawn farm implements, the original homestead cabin and pioneer life. After a few more miles we stop for lunch then continue to our take-out point at the Stafford/McClelland Ferry, arriving around 2:00 PM. We carry personal gear to the waiting bus and climb aboard for a three-hour drive back to Great Falls. Enjoy a hot shower and change of cloths and then meet your guides for ROW's hosted dinner at a local restaurant around 7:00 PM to finish this incredible Missouri River canoe adventure.

Day 6:

If you drove to Great Falls your car is patiently waiting for you. If you are flying, take the hotel shuttle 10 minutes to the Great Falls airport.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,395

Price Per Day:

$ 279 per person
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 500

5-Day Canoe Trip

  • Departures: Every Monday June 19 - August 28
  • Adult Price: $1395
  • Youth Price: $1235

 

4-Day Canoe Trip

  • Departures: Every Monday June 19 - August 28
  • Adult Price: $1125
  • Youth Price: $975

 

4-Day Private Trip

  • Departures: Private Trip Rates: Up to 12 guests = $13,200; Up to 20 guests = $19,900

 

5-Day Private Trip

  • Departures: Private Trip Rates: Up to 12 guests = $16,600; Up to 20 guests = $27,900
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Meals and Accommodation as mentioned in Itinerary
  • Complimentary beer, wine, juice and soda, all in moderate quantities, is provided.
  • We are proud to serve fine local Northwest wines.
  • We always have plenty of ice!
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Private - your group only
Start City
Great Falls, Montana
End City
Great Falls, Montana
Guides

Your trip is enriched by knowledgeable guides who share the canyon's cultural and natural history. No other company trains guides like we do, and most of our guides are also Certified Interpretive Guides through the National Association for Interpretation.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy:

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, please notify us as soon as possible. If written cancellation is received by ROW (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of deposit. Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded. You are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved spaces to other individuals or groups. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason we a strongly recommend you consider purchasing a travel protection plan.

 

Trip Protection Plan

We offer a comprehensive cancellation and trip protection plan through our office and recommend this coverage which protects your payments if you have to cancel for medical or other covered reasons.

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