Embark on an extraordinary adventure down the uncharted and secluded waters of the Marias River, a hidden gem that promises an unparalleled experience. As this river remains unmapped, it unfolds through some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll ever encounter. Unlike many other waterways, the Marias River does not boast designated campgrounds, ensuring that you’ll savor the true essence of the wilderness. Its pristine, untouched beauty harks back to the early days of the Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
The Marias River carries a deep and rich Blackfeet history, making it a culturally significant and sacred waterway. During your journey, be prepared to be mesmerized by the towering white cliffs that grace the landscape, discover the remnants of teepee ring villages, and uncover the history of bison jumps that once played a pivotal role in Native American life. Lush cottonwood groves provide a haven for wildlife, granting you the opportunity to witness nature’s wonders in their natural habitat.
The river’s history is equally captivating, featuring native stories, the somber tale of the Marias Massacre, the remnants of Bison pits, and the echoes of the Corps of Discovery. Learn about the challenges and triumphs of homesteading in this rugged land, and so much more.
Please note that the Marias River is a destination reserved for return customers or experienced paddlers. We can only offer two Marias trips annually, with priority given to returning adventurers. Due to water levels, this incredible journey is available exclusively as a springtime expedition. Don’t miss your chance to explore the Marias River, a true wilderness wonder.
The Marias River is for return customers or experienced paddlers only. We can only offer 2 Marias trips a year and return customers take precedence. Due to water levels, the Marias River is a spring trip only.
We will start our journey at 8:30 in Fort Benton. From there we will shuttle you about an hour and half to the put-in location. While boats are getting loaded you will have a brief safety talk and paddling instructions. On your first day take your time learning how to navigate your boat and get to know fellow journeymen and journeywoman. On this day you will see Marias River White Cliffs similar to that on the Missouri, hear stories, enjoy off the beaten path hikes and camp at non-designated campsites.
You will spend a lot of time hiking and paddling. We will hike above the river corridor to explore an old teepee ring village. We will also look at the geological layers of the Marias River. We will camp on an undesignated camping area and there will be plenty of time to hike and explore around camp.
You will hear Native American history and explore a Bison pit. The bison pit is completely unaltered and is a magnificent sight to behold. Bison bones extend upward and downward into the water to depths unknown. Camping will be on non-designated campsites.
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 anywhere between 12-1. Lunch will be served and waiting you. After lunch we will load the vans and start our journey back to Fort Benton (arrival 2:00-3:00)
We are happy to customize trips to your schedule. For inquiry on certain dates that are not listed, please Contact us!
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