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This summerís high adventure trip is a rare opportunity to claim a 100+ mile adventure in a single trip. Scouts and leaders from Troop 344 will paddle 149 miles along the scenic Upper Missouri River encompassing part of the historic Lewis and Clark expedition as described below. The dates for the trip will be July 14-26, 2020. At the conclusion of the canoe trip, we will also tour Yellowstone National Park taking time to tour the parkís amazing features.
Montanaís Upper Missouri River is an irreplaceable legacy of the historic American West and as such, it was designated a National Wild and Scenic River by Congress in 1976. It is unquestionably one of the premier canoe trips in North America. This Class I river with no rapids passes through 149 miles of spectacular scenery, interesting geology, and unique flora and fauna that requires overnight camping on the river. The Upper Missouri has a rich and interesting history, including remnants of Native American habitation, Lewis and Clark campsites, still-standing old homestead buildings, fur trade sites, and steamboat landings.
During the summer the weather is typically hot and sunny; temperatures in the 90ís are common, but fortunately humidity is very low. Evening temperatures are normally in the 40ís and 50ís. Spectacular afternoon thunderstorms - sometimes quite violent with strong, gusty winds - are fairly common, but are usually short-lived.
The wilderness character of the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River provides good wildlife viewing opportunities. During the summer the river is alive with waterfowl, including ducks, geese, and the majestic pelican. Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles are not an uncommon sight. Whitetail and Mule Deer are frequently seen along the banks, and elk inhabit badlands along the lower stretch of the river, which is also an excellent place to look for bands of Bighorn Sheep. It is not uncommon to hear the wail of coyotes in the distance at night, or the hoot of an owl perched overhead in the limb of a towering cottonwood tree as it searches for prey. Beaver are commonly seen swimming in the river, and they slap their tails and dive as canoes approach; these beaver are not dam builders, instead inhabiting cavities dug into the mud of the river's banks.
Click on the following links for the Missouri River High Adventure Sign-up Sheet, the tentative Itinerary and Missouri River Trip Information document.
Check back next August for photos from the trip.
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