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Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument


History flows at about 9000 cubic feet per second in the Upper Missouri River. That's the perfect rate to experience it on your own in much the same fashion as Lewis and Clark.

Set aside in 1971 as a National Monument, this 149-mile section and surrounding areas of the Missouri River is a showcase of natural splendor and tranquil recreation. Starting in Fort Benton and stretching down to Fort Peck Lake, this part of the Missouri River remains surprisingly unscathed for all the history it's seen. Many of the features so enthusiastically described by Lewis & Clark remain just as they were in 1805. The largest viable elk herd, the bighorn sheep, and the sage grouse are all still here. The white cliffs that mesmerized Meriwether Lewis are still here.

Stop by the Interpretive Center in Fort Benton and they'll be happy to help you plan out a paddle adventure to meet your highest expectations. The float from Fort Benton to Loma is an easy one-day floating introduction to the river. More ambitious paddlers can continue on to Robinson's Bridge, a full seven-day float into an undeniably remote part of the country.

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