Van trip from hotel to departure point is about 40 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. While out on the river, some days will be more taxing paddles than others, especially if there is a head wind. However, guides will work with the group to ensure that everyone is comfortable. Paddles are always with the current; even without paddling, the canoe usually floats at 3.5 miles per hour. Campsite location may change due to unforeseen circumstance.
In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet includes eggs, breakfast meats, fruit, breads and muffins, jam and butter, an assortment of juices, coffee, tea, water.
We will load into our air conditioned vans with our team of experts and ride to our departure point, Coal Banks Landing. En route, our Group Leader and our outfitters will provide an overview of area history. Our first stop will be at the junction of the Marias and Missouri Rivers — “Decision Point” for Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery — a beautifully scenic and strategic place where the expedition spent nearly 10 days in 1805 deciding which river fork to take. Next, we’ll load into the canoes and enter the river. We will be flowing with the current the entire journey. Even if you've never been in a canoe before, our experts will show you the ropes and you'll quickly become comfortable.
We will enjoy sandwiches on the river. Our group leader and guides will use this time to brief us on safety and provide helpful paddling instructions.
We will stop at various points to view Native American habitation sites as well as geology overview discussions at key spots. We will arrive and set up camp at Eagle Creek, in the same spot as the Corps of Discovery on May 31, 1805, and experience what Lewis called “scenes of visionary enchantment” facing the famed White Cliffs of the Missouri. This is one of the most beautiful and enchanting spots in the United States.
This evening’s delectable dinner will be made even more enjoyable because we dine at our campsite along the river, far away from civilization.
One has not truly lived until enjoying chilled wine and savory cheese while lounging in a camp chair, ankle deep in the refreshing waters of the Upper Missouri River. We’ll spend plenty of time at night talking, reading, journaling, and reflecting around the campfire.