Missouri River Guided Canoe Trips
We believe guided trips should be safe, fun, and plush. Guided river trips offer the perfect opportunity to bond with and enjoy family and friends (both old and new) without the housekeeping and cooking. When folks tell us after the trip that they just had one of the best times of their lives, we really take it to heart. To provide that kind of experience for people is very satisfying indeed.
Lunches take place in select shaded spots along the river and are designed to be refreshing social occasions with lots of fresh fruit and salads, such as our famous curry chicken salad. We also provide lots of ice cold drinks and home baked goodies. When we arrive at camp, we serve appetizers like goat cheese with homemade red pepper jelly and crackers as you relax with a cold drink, take a swim, or read a volume from the river library and relax in the shade of a cottonwood tree. Dinners are served around seven, with careful attention to detail. Delicious entrees include grilled champagne salmon or dutch oven chicken and dumplings. Fresh salads and local produce along with creative desserts like our famous rum cake or dutch oven peach cobbler round out the menu.
With the long daylight hours of high summer, we will have plenty of time for an evening hike to view the sun setting on our river camp and the watch the wildlife beginning to stir around us. As darkness falls and the sky fills with a million stars, we’ll sit around the fire and enjoy easy conversation between new friends, until tired and happy campers turn in.
Birds awake us at daybreak and the aroma of fresh coffee and sagebrush drifts into your tent. One guide hands you a cup of coffee while another points out a pelican gliding by… and another day begins. After a breakfast of French toast with strawberries and Canadian bacon we’re off for a hike into the “White Cliffs”. When you return to camp, lunch will be ready, and the canoes have been packed for the day’s paddle. This will be your life for the next few days as you reconnect with a way of travel and exploration that will leave you rejuvenated and energized at the same time.
The trip dates listed are a rough schedule subject to change, that is, we can change launch dates and trip duration depending on the wishes of those contemplating a trip with us. When we receive deposits on any trip the dates are locked in. A $200 deposit per person is required and the trip must be paid in full sixty days before departure. Please consider purchasing trip insurance if you foresee any conflicts or issues that could cause you to cancel your trip.
All our trips begin and end at the public boat landing in Fort Benton. Your trip includes all transportation from and back to this point. All meals are included from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. Sorry, you won’t lose any weight with us! All camping gear is provided, including, two-person wall tents, cots, sleeping bags, and water- proof bags for your personal gear. We use large river tripping canoes chosen for utility and stability. We sometimes send a gear boat ahead on larger trips. In general, we limit our trips to 15 guests. However, each year we seem to make an exception. Our average group size is 12, and our guide to guest ratio is 1 to 4.
Missouri River Outfitters puts love into our 3 course meals. We try to give you the flavors of Montana with local ingredients and Montana recipes while accommodating to any dietary restrictions guests may have. Along with great food, we provide complimentary beverages including cold wine, seltzer water, and Montana made micro brews. Our canvas wall tents accommodate 2 of our cots per tent with ample room to stand and move around. Just bring your personal items and allow us to do the rest.