The Missouri Breaks on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER'S "BEST TRIPS 2013"!
Journey back in time through the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. See birds and animals in their natural habitats in the remote and magnificent Missouri Breaks country...the White Cliffs, Citadel Rock, Hole-in-the-Wall...these are but a few names that call to mind the splendid isolation of today's Wild and Scenic Upper Missouri. Travel the waterway with Missouri Breaks River Co.
The Upper Missouri River is shallow by nature-we're near the headwaters-and the likelihood of having to off-board the boat in midstream to lighten it, then reboard downstream, is always a possibility on this stretch of river. As the summer wanes the water level drops in a direct relationship to the heat and dryness. It may be necessary at some point to cancel trips, so PLEASE, plan your trips with the flexibility and understanding that allows for this possibility. We have never had to cancel a trip due to low water yet, but it is a definite possibility. So do your planning, and your rain dance and send it our way.
NOTICE--16 December 2013: It was real unpleasant to cancel those trips; one had been booked since March (Spring). People were unhappy, I was unhappy. And there's absolutely nothing that can be done about it. If there's not enough water in the river the trips won't go. That's it. In 2012 many trips in that late summer thru September were marginal, even with two passengers. In 2013, last summer, the latter part of August, most of September, trips were undoable-yes, you could canoe or kayak downriver. But you could not do it in a larger boat. Just not enough water. Looking at the weather, right now, mid-December, 2013, I expect the same kind of season; low to very low to undoable water levels beginning in August and lasting until the weather cools, evaporation lessens, perhaps a Fall storm yields precipitation, and the irrigation season comes to an end.
So Missouri Breaks River Co. will not be taking any reservations for trips beyond the end of July. It will be by 'call' only: you can call, ask and find out; you can check this website; you can email and inquire. There's no point in taking reservations, having people plan to make a trip and find out there's not enough water in the river--that was the case last year. This year it will be 'just wait and see'. And call. And ask. Consider making your trip earlier--it may be the only viable option. We have some early listings on our ShareRide page for June trips. Perhaps consider making a driving trip thru the Breaks-Missouri Breaks River Co. offers this type of trip-and do some camping. It is all magnificent country; this is a weather pattern that began about 30 years ago. It's unlikely to change overnight. I hope to see you on the river--or camping. Thanks for your patience.-- Bill Marsik, Missouri Breaks River Co.
Missouri Breaks utilizes an inboard jet boat and specializes in river cruises, tours and day trips in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and downstream thru the C.M. Russell game range. We also offer spectacular land tours through the remote country of the Breaks and its surrounds.
Essentially you charter the boat and we tailor the trip to you. Upstream or down (depending on the season and area) the cruise becomes your voyage of discovery!
View a youtube video of the White Cliffs! click here Trip thru the White Cliffs In 2009 Ulli and Elke Schmotz, a German couple, crossed America sightseeing and researching Karl Bodmer's 1833 trip up the Missouri with Prince Maximillian of Wied. Bodmer was a young Swiss illustrator along on the trip. The majority of Bodmer's work is at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, and is regarded as some of the most painstakingly accurate imagery of Native Americans and the American frontier. Ulli and Elke are working on a modern book on Bodmer and filmed this youtube video on our trip. You will see some of Bodmer's images of the White Cliffs in the video interspersed with the results of their considerable contemporary film talents.
Lewis flax is a native. As you might expect the name is derived from Meriwether Lewis. The flowers open in the morning, and petals drop by late afternoon. They are replaced the next morning by new blossoms. In late June they grow openly on the range and especially along the roadsides between Ft. Benton and Coal Banks Landing, the put in point for the White Cliffs river trips. Seeds may be gathered by hand from the plants in midsummer.
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PLEASE NOTE! Sometimes we're on the river--naturally enough--and can't answer the phone. However, WE ALWAYS RETURN OUR CALLS. Please state your call back number clearly (state your number twice even, it doesn't hurt!) and then send an email with the number for a double check. Sometimes there's a power surge, often at the end of summer when lightning is in the area. A surge erases your voicemail message, so email your phone number as well. We will get back to you. Thanks.
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