At Missouri River Outfitters, we put safety first in all of our decision-making. Prior to every trip we do an environmental briefing, a thorough gear inspection, and evaluate our clients pre-trip questionnaires. At our pre-trip meeting we will discuss upcoming weather, water flow, current river conditions, “gear must haves” and more. Our experienced team is here to ensure that you feel safe in the Missouri River Breaks.

How are we prepared?

All of our guides have up to date CPR/First Aid training. We also encourage all of our guides to further their education by acquiring their Wilderness First Response (WFR) and Swift Water Rescue (SWR).

Every trip has a “lead guide” with 4 years of experience or more

Smaller group sizes of 8-15 guests

We maintain a guide to guest ratio of 1 guide to 4 customers

On EVERY trip we bring extensive safety equipment such as;

  • AED
  • Satellite phone
  • GPS and in-reach devise
  • 2-way radios
  • Trauma first aid kit
  • small first aid kit
  • fire pan and fire blanket
  • life vests
  • throw ropes
  • Large Rechargeable battery and solar panel.

Are you new to Canoeing?

About seventy-five percent of our customers have had little to no experience canoeing before. This is the perfect river for beginners and we are here to teach you appropriate paddle techniques and boaters’ etiquette. it is normal to be nervous doing an activity for the first time. Rest assured, Missouri River Outfitter guides are competent and trained professionals who know how to help newcomers feel comfortable.

Weather on the Missouri River

The Missouri River offers a wide variety of weather. Please make sure to check the weather before you come and be gear aware. We send out a checklist that indicates mandatory gear vs. optional. The optional gear truly depends on the forecast. Some gear is not optional (rain pants and coat). We send out an email reminder to check the weather about 1 week before your scheduled trip. At that time, we will also specify if specific gear would be beneficial.


How can our family get ahold of us?

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If there is an emergency, please call our company phone at 406-671-0268. Guides check in every night and or we will send messages to our guides via in-reach.

What if someone needs off the river?

Guides are well equipped to get people off the river via paddle out, private road access, search and rescue or helicopter evacuation.

Are there bears?

Black bear sightings have been exceedingly rare in the Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

What about snakes?

Snakes do not want to be around us just like we don’t usually care to be around them. The only poisonous snake we have are the Prairie Rattlesnake. We consider them polite, as they give us a loud warning when we are too close.