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The Wake of Lewis and Clark: Missouri River, Montana

The Missouri River is the longest river in North America, and one of the longest in the world, even though its lower section is named the Mississippi.

The Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River flows east for some 150 miles through some of the wildest, loneliest, and most historically significant stretches of open space in the lower 48. This desolate and fissured landscape is known as the Missouri Breaks.

Later on the river widens, but the current remains swift. Starting at Yankton, South Dakota, a week long (or so) float trip will take you about 205 miles to Omaha, Nebraska. The Missouri here is used for commercial traffic as well as pleasure boating. The river flows along the beautiful wooded bluffs of the region, and through several cities. The best 59 miles of this stretch have been designated a National Recreational River. Canoe campers can take advantage of many of the banks, sandbars, and parks along the way.

Eventually the river reaches the Mississippi, but that's a whole 'nuther epic adventure.

Just the Facts

Suitable craft: Canoe

More Midwest paddling: Niobrara River, Buffalo National River


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