4-Day Lower Missouri River Trip – Explore the Badlands

Embark on a 4-day adventure like no other with Missouri River Outfitters as we guide you through the awe-inspiring “Badlands” region. This journey will immerse you in some of the most pristine and remote wilderness within the breaks. The Badlands stretch far and wide, offering an evolving landscape that transforms from the stunning White Cliffs along the river’s edge to the rugged Badlands that encircle the flowing waters.

Covering a vast expanse of 61 miles, this section of the Missouri River promises a wilder and more challenging experience than the White Cliffs. We’ll spend ample time both on the water and exploring off-the-beaten-path terrains, ensuring you have a truly immersive experience.

Throughout this thrilling expedition, you’ll encounter an array of remarkable sights, from bighorn sheep roaming the land to the remnants of homesteads and old forts that stand as testaments to the region’s rich history. Delve into the past as you visit Corps of Discovery campsites, where Lewis and Clark made their mark. Witness geological wonders, marvel at ancient fossils, and decipher petroglyphs that reveal tales of ages gone by.

At every turn, the Badlands River Trip promises a breathtaking, educational, and unforgettable journey through a unique corner of the world, expertly guided by our team at Missouri River Outfitters.

Please note that our schedule is subject to change. The river Miles and hikes are a rough schedule. We pick campsites and hikes according to weather, river traffic and group preferences.

Itinerary

Day 1:

River Miles 11.5 – 21

We start our journey at 9:30 with a 2 ½ hour drive to Judith Landing. At Judith Landing you will have lunch with your fellow river companions while guides finish re-stocking for your journey. At Judith Landing we will have some people getting off, some getting on, and some continuing on. After a brief safety talk you hit the water and start your journey exploring bunkers and homesteads.

Optional Hikes:

Murrey Dugout, Hagedone Homestead, Old Army Trail

Day 2:

River Miles 13 – 20

On this day you will spend a lot of your day in the canoe with homestead exploring and storytelling. This will be one of your longest days on the river. This is also the day to get out your binoculars and look for wildlife that is all around you. Once at camp there will be different activities to partake in if you would like.

Optional Hikes:

Corps of Discovery camp May 27, 1805, Chimney Bend, Corps of Discovery camp May 26 1805, Middleton Homestead, Ervin Dugout, Gist Homestead

Day 3:

River Miles 13.5 – 20

Enjoy a morning hike to get you going before heading out on the river. Once in camp take the time to relive the last few days on the river. Its sad to say but this will be your last night to enjoy each other’s company. Take it all in!

Optional Hikes:

Snake Point Hike, Camp IIges Rifle pit, Nee-Mee-Poo Trail, Corps of Discovery camp May 30, 1806, May 25, 1805, Hideaway Coulee

Day 4:

River Miles 6.5 – 12.5

This will be your last day on the river. On this day you will enjoy, river stories, and “flotillas”. You will be getting off the river at 12:00 where lunch will be awaiting you. After lunch we will load the vans and start our journey back to Fort Benton (arrival 4:00-5:00)

Optional Hikes:

Corps of Discovery camp May 24, 1805

2024 Available Dates:

June 16-19

July 19-22

August 18-21

September 11-14

2025 Available Dates:

June 13-16

July 4-7

August 23-26

More Information:

Want a Private or Specialty Trip for your group? Please refer to our  Private and Specialty Trip page.

We are happy to customize trips to your schedule. For inquiry on certain dates that are not listed, please Contact us!

What is our cancellation policy? Check it out in our Policies and Procedures .

Price:

$1,100 per person

5 Day Lower Missouri River Trip – Badlands

Embark on a leisurely 5-day expedition with Missouri River Outfitters, savoring the breathtaking Badlands region at a relaxed pace. This journey offers ample time for serene hikes, allowing you to immerse yourself in the mesmerizing landscapes and unwind along the river’s tranquil flow. Spend leisurely days exploring off-the-beaten-path terrains, relishing the stunning White Cliffs, and delving into the rich history of the area at your own unhurried rhythm.

This extended adventure provides opportunities for unhurried explorations, ensuring you can savor each moment amidst this awe-inspiring wilderness. Whether you’re observing bighorn sheep in their natural habitat, uncovering the remnants of historical sites, or deciphering the tales woven into ancient petroglyphs, the pace allows for deeper immersion and relaxation. Experience the Badlands in its full glory, with ample time to hike, soak in the surroundings, and relish the tranquility of the Missouri River’s embrace.

Please note that our schedule is subject to change. The river Miles and hikes are a rough schedule. We pick campsites and hikes according to weather, river traffic and group preferences.

Itinerary

Day 1:

River Miles 11.5 – 21

We start our journey at 9:30 with a 2 ½ hour drive to Judith Landing. At Judith Landing you will have lunch with your fellow river companions while guides finish re-stocking for your journey. At Judith Landing we will have some people getting off, some getting on, and some continuing on. After a brief safety talk you hit the water and start your journey exploring bunkers and homesteads.

Optional Hikes:

Murrey Dugout, Hagedone Homestead, Old Army Trail

Day 2:

River Miles 13 – 20

On this day you will spend a lot of your day in the canoe with homestead exploring and storytelling. This will be one of your longest days on the river. This is also the day to get out your binoculars and look for wildlife that is all around you. Once at camp there will be different activities to partake in if you would like.

Optional Hikes:

Corps of Discovery camp May 27, 1805, Chimney Bend, Corps of Discovery camp May 26 1805, Middleton Homestead, Ervin Dugout, Gist Homestead

Day 3:

River Miles 0-10

Today offers a laid-back break from our adventures. You have the choice to enjoy a leisurely morning, catching up on rest, or join a sunset hike for a serene experience. With this rest day at camp, the day unfolds with various options—engage in fun games, embark on longer hikes along the lower river, and fully embrace the natural beauty surrounding us.

The third day presents a flexible itinerary. We can opt to spend the entire day at one camp, maximizing our relaxation and exploration in that area. Alternatively, we can embark on a short river journey, covering a couple of miles, to discover a new camp downstream. The focus of this day is entirely on you, allowing you to shape your experience based on your preferences and desires.

Optional Hikes:

Snake Point Hike, Camp IIges Rifle pit, Nee-Mee-Poo Trail, Corps of Discovery camp May 30, 1806, May 25, 1805,

Day 4:

River Miles 13.5 – 20

Enjoy a morning hike to get you going before heading out on the river. Once in camp take the time to relive the last few days on the river. Its sad to say but this will be your last night to enjoy each other’s company. Take it all in!

Optional Hikes:

Camp IIges Rifle pit, Nee-Mee-Poo Trail, Corps of Discovery camp May 30, 1806, May 25, 1805, Hideaway Coulee

Day 5:

River Miles 6.5 – 12.5

This will be your last day on the river. On this day you will enjoy, river stories, and “flotillas”. You will be getting off the river at 12:00 where lunch will be awaiting you. After lunch we will load the vans and start our journey back to Fort Benton (arrival 4:00-5:00)

Optional Hikes:

Corps of Discovery camp May 24, 1805

2024 Available Dates:

July 4-8

July 9-13 (Private Trip)

2025 Available Dates:

July 27-31

September 10-14

More Information:

Want a Private or Specialty Trip for your group? Please refer to our  Private and Specialty Trip page.

We are happy to customize trips to your schedule. For inquiry on certain dates that are not listed, please Contact us!

What is our cancellation policy? Check it out in our Policies and Procedures .

Price:

$1,250 per person