scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Program - Missouri River Canoeing
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Wed Jul 12 2000 - 18:09:51 CDT
We just got back last week from a great trip, thought I would share...
The main part of our program was canoeing 150 miles of the upper Missouri
river in Montana.
We retraced part of the Lewis & Clark expedition through beautiful
wilderness country, basically unchanged since the time of Lewis & Clark
nearly 200 years ago. The scenery along the river was high rock
formations and badlands, very scenic.
They recommend allowing 7-10 days for floating. 20 miles per day.
We exceeded that mileage and averaged 30 miles per day. Our shortest day
was 12 miles, longest 45 miles.
The river is very low right now. Normally 24000 cfs, it was about 6000
cfs when we paddled it. Some dragging in a few spots if you weren't
careful in choosing the right channel.
We camped along the river at night, staying in two historic campsite
locations used by Lewis & Clark on their expedition.
We had to carry all necessary drinking water, no river water was consumed.
It was a surprisingly polluted river. Also toxic spill last year. Pack
in, pack out.
You can camp anywhere on public land. There are about 16 established
campsites you can use. No reservations, first come first served. Some
have pit toilets.
Only two bridges and two ferries cross the river in the 150 mile stretch
from Fort Benton to Peck landing. Class I water, no real hazards.
We registered at the BLM office in Fort Benton before starting, and at the
end filled out a float report at Kipp's landing.
Main challenges were insects, wind and heat. We did have a close
encounter with a rattlesnake at one campsite. After careful negotiations,
the snake went his way, we went ours.
In addition to canoeing the Missouri, we also...
Toured--Corn Palace; Mitchell, SD
Hiked---Badlands National Park, SD
Dined---Wall Drug; Wall, SD
Toured--Mount Rushmore; Keystone, SD
Toured--Little Bighorn Battlefield; Crow Station, MT
Hiked---Glacier National Park, MT
Toured--Mall of America; Bloomfield, MN
We did the entire tour in 12 days at a cost of $300.00
We stayed 5 nights in hotels
We camped 5 nights in tents
We stayed 1 night at an air force base
It was a great trip.
I hope to have a more detailed description on our troop's website in the
Scoutmaster Troop 33