Located In Central Montana
Odds are, if you're in Fort Benton, you're here to canoe the Wild and Scenic stretch of the Missouri River, following in the oar-strokes of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Begin with Fort Benton, Montana's oldest town and once the world’s most innermost port and a great starting point for river adventure. Tour four museums including Old Fort Benton or the Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center, dine at the Union Grille on the banks of the Missouri River and turn in at Montana's oldest operating hotel, the Grand Union, opened in 1882.
Then, grab your paddles. Outfitters in Fort Benton offer everything from canoe rentals to guide services to every-last-detail-planned trips. If you've got a week, float the entire 150-mile Wild and Scenic segment, exploring rock formations, checking out wildlife, exploring around historic sites and casting a line along the way. For a quicker, quirkier trip, put in near Virgelle (population 2) after bed-and-breakfasting (or sleeping in a sheep wagon) at the antique-laden Virgelle Mercantile.