Montana's Upper Missouri River Guides and Canoe
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
plan a guided trip. Read the Introduction, then follow these
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.
- Climate, geology, wildlife, history.
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,
- 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
- 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