4 Day Upper Missouri River Trip – White Cliffs

Experience the enchanting allure of the Upper Missouri River White Cliffs, hailed as awe-inspiring vistas in the historic Lewis and Clark Journals. Traverse this captivating landscape to behold teepee rings, Corps of Discovery campgrounds, petroglyphs, abundant wildlife, and the imposing layers of Eagle Sandstone and Shonkinite. This 47-mile stretch is steeped in rich history, from the early indigenous inhabitants and intrepid explorers to homesteaders, fur trappers, wood hawkers, and the fascinating era of steamboat navigation. Delve into the past as you explore old forts, uncover the stories of Plains Indian history, and immerse yourself in captivating local tales. A plethora of hiking opportunities awaits, including ventures through slot canyons, encounters with historic markers, tours of the white cliffs, exploration of old structures and encampments, and so much more.

Our four-day expedition through the “White Cliffs” is our most sought-after trip, providing the perfect balance for those seeking an immersive experience. Paddle along the Missouri River Breaks National Monument, allowing ample time to relish the iconic beauty of the White Cliffs and indulge in all the hiking possibilities this section of the river offers. This adventure is tailor-made for those desiring less time in the boat and more opportunities for hiking or simply unwinding in the outdoors.

We invite you to join us for a Meet and Greet session at the Grand Union Hotel the evening before the trip at 6:15 PM. This delightful gathering offers the chance to meet your knowledgeable guides and fellow river companions. During this time, you will receive a detailed Missouri River trip itinerary, while also providing an opportunity for questions and clarifications. Additionally, you will be provided with river bags and gear essential for the duration of the trip. Prior to the Meet and Greet, feel free to enjoy refreshments at the bar. As this meeting serves to equip you with the necessary information and tools to enhance your journey, we do not offer food or beverages during this time.

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 14.5 – 21.5

We will start our journey at 8:30 in Fort Benton. From there we will shuttle you about an hour to the put-in location (Coal Banks) 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 teepee rings, petroglyphs, historic landmarks, the start of the White Cliffs and a Corps of Discovery campsite.

Optional Hikes:

Teepee rings, our favorite swimming hole, Monroe Cabin, Neats Coulee, Eye of the Needle, Petroglyphs/ Corps of Discovery camp May 31st 1805, petrified tree

Day 2:

River Miles 7 – 13

After breakfast Enjoy a long hike among the slot canyons of the Missouri River Breaks. Once back at camp enjoy a leisurely lunch before loading the boats. Once in the boats you have a short paddling distance to your next camp location. Once in camp enjoy swimming, hiking, napping, or reading.

Optional Hikes:

Hole in The Wall, Castle Rock, Seven Sisters

Day 3:

River Miles 10 – 17

Enjoy a cool mornings hike to hole in the wall before loading the boats and heading out from camp. Once in the boats you will float and paddle among the most scenic part of the White Cliffs. This section is what the Corps of Discovery describes as “scenes of visionary enchantment”. On this day you will go through the heart of the White Cliffs. Take it in and always have that camera on hand.

Optional Hikes:

Steamboat Rock, Dark Butte, Corps of Discovery camp May 29, 1805/July 7, 1806, Haunted homestead

Day 4:

River Miles 7 – 11

This will be your last day on the river. On this day you will enjoy, river stories, “flotillas”, and barking squirrels. 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 3:00-4:00)

Optional Hikes:

Arrow Creek, Prairie dog town

2024 Available Dates:

June 5-8 (Private Trip)

June 6-9

June 20-23

June 27-30

June 27-30 (Private Trip)

July 5-8

July 11-14

July 18-21 (Private Trip)

July 25-28 (Private Trip)

August 1-4

August 8-11 (Limited Space)

August 15-18

August 22-25

August 29- Sept. 1

September 4-7

September 8-11

September 12-15 (Private Trip)

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