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Off the Map: Canoe in the Remote Upper Missouri River Wilderness

Canoe and hike in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark to explore Montana’s untouched wilderness, discover Native American pictographs, learn about local wildlife and camp under the stars.
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Program No. 20626RJ
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8 days
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2,499
Montana

Off the Map: Canoe in the Remote Upper Missouri River Wilderness

Canoe and hike in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark to explore Montana’s untouched wilderness, discover Native American pictographs, learn about local wildlife and camp under the stars.
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8 days
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Program No. 20626 RJ
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8 days
7 nights
20 meals
7B 6L 7D
2
Coal Banks Landing, Board Canoes, Lewis & Clark Camp
Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River
3
Eagle Creek Hike, Pictographs, Wildlife, Hole in the Wall
Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River
4
Judith Landing, Camp Near McGarry Bar
Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River
5
Missouri Breaks, Bighorn Sheep, Gist Bottom
Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River
6
Hike, Chief Joseph History, Woodhawk Campground
Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River
8
Program Concludes
Fort Benton, Montana
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At a Glance

“As we passed on, it seemed as if those scenes of visionary enchantment would never have an end,” from the journal of Meriwether Lewis, 1805. With a paddle in hand, discover the same enchanting wilderness that awed Lewis and Clark as you explore the 50-mile White Cliffs stretch of Montana’s Missouri River by canoe. Alongside local experts, glide through tranquil waters while immersing yourself in these remote landscapes like the Corps of Discovery once had and connect with the quiet beauty of nature. Challenge both your mind and body on canoeing and hiking adventures to study fascinating local flora and fauna, and reflect on your journey each night as you rest you head under a tapestry of stars.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Venture miles away from civilization to savor the silence, view abundant wildlife and bald eagle nesting sites before basking under a canopy of a million stars.
  • Take a step through time and explore Native American tipi rings and petroglyphs alongside an expert.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as you discover historic sites on a stretch of the river virtually unchanged since they traveled there over 200 years ago.

General Notes

This program is part of our “Off the Map” series, exploring truly remote areas of the United States as a way to connect with local culture and landscapes, and disconnect with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Our goal is to bring you to places that have limited (or no) access to Wi-Fi, cell service and other technology so you can enjoy authentic learning experiences without modern distractions. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
by Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns
The Journals of Lewis and Clark
by Bernard DeVoto
The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: Volumes 2 – 11
by Gary Moulton
Passage Through the Garden: Lewis and Clark and the Image of the American Northwest
by John Logan Allen
A good analysis of geography and cartography before, during and after the expedition.
Letters of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with Related Documents
by Donald Jackson
All of the other miscellaneous material related to the expedition.
Voyages of Discovery: Essays on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
by James Ronda
Some recent and classic essays on many different aspects of the expedition.
The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (PBS)
by Ken Burns
2 part series on video.
Lewis and Clark: Pioneering Naturalists
by Paul Russell Cutright
Lewis and Clark: Voyage of Discovery
by Ambrose
National Geographic coffee table book that serves as a visual companion to Undaunted Courage.
Lewis and Clark Among the Indians
by James P. Ronda
We Proceeded On
by Caroline Patterson ed.
This journal is solely dedicated to aspects of Lewis and Clark.
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Only One Man Died: The Medical Aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
by Eldon G. Chuinard
Meals
20 Meals
7 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
7 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Low Fat, Low Salt
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Aug 09, 2021 - Aug 16, 2021
  • Aug 09, 2021 - Aug 16, 2021
2 nights
Fort Benton
The Grand Union Hotel's history began in 1882, just 36 years after Fort Benton was founded and 7 years before Montana became a state, and was built at the height of Fort Benton's prosperity and the steamboat era on the Upper Missouri River. It ran continuously for over 100 years, then remained empty for over a decade until it was elegantly restored to its original splendor in 1999. The Grand Union Hotel provides 26 exquisitely restored rooms, many of which enjoy a view of the Missouri River and park. Guestrooms are accessed by either the original black walnut grand staircase or by elevator. The hotel has a riverside restaurant with seasonal outdoor dining, a lively brewpub and a unique gift shop. Due to its award winning restoration, the Grand Union Hotel has preserved the historical character of Montana's oldest operating hotel and one of its most famous landmarks.
5 nights
Fort Benton
Each night the group will be camping at a different location. Each campsite will be equipped with canvas wall tents that accommodate two cots each with room to stand and walk around. Sleeping bags with zip out sheets and water-proof bags for personal belongings are provided on site. Some camp sites will have vault toilets while others we will use our toilet system. Please see itinerary for additional information.





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