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SOAR Inflatable Canoes - Somewhere On A River

Missouri River, Montana
Report by Marc W. McCord

Upper Missouri River Breaks 2017 Slideshow

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L to R: Bob Tucker, Darrell Foss, Jeff Josephs, Larry Rice, Marc McCord, Cliff Jacobson


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The river access at Chouteau County Fairgrounds in Fort Benton, Montana


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The Upper Missouri River with downtown Fort Benton on the left bank


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The Upper Missouri River with downtown Fort Benton on the left bank


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Jeff Josephs paddling the Upper Missouri River


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A pair of bald eagles sitting high in a tree


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The Missouri River a few miles below Coal Banks River Access


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Bob Tucker in the "absolutely perfect" flatwater expedtion canoe!


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Larry, Cliff, Darrell and Jeff paddling past a Lewis and Clark campsite on the left bank


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Bob approaching the river ferry just below Coal Banks on the left bank


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The river ferry just below Coal Banks on the left bank


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The Upper Missouri River is a remote, wide river in Montana's high desert


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Jeff paddling past another Lewis and Clark campsite on river left


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The very remote Upper Missouri River approaching the breaks


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Entering the White Cliffs section of the river


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One of many gorgeous rock outcrops we saw along the river on our 10 day trip


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Bob and Larry paddling past another gorgeous rock outcrop


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Larry and Darrell in the White Cliffs section


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The solitude of this trip was a wonderful experience. For the most part we had the river to ourselves.


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Our Slaughter Creek campsite on the fifth day of the trip


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Darrell, Cliff, Bob and Larry sitting in the shelter at our Slaughter Creek campsite


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Our sixth day was warm, sunny and beautiful, and we would be layng over tomorrow at McGarry Bar 105.52 miles into our trip


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Another view of the White Cliffs as we made our way toward our McGarry Bar campsite


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The Upper Missouri River between Slaughter Creek and McGarry Bar


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A coyote roams the river right bank between Slaughter Creek and McGarry Bar


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The boat ramp at Judith Landing where we dumped trash and found three large blocks of ice left by somebody ahead of us


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Informational Signs at Judith Landing


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The Upper Missouri River between Judith Landing and McGarry Bar


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The Upper Missouri River between Judith Landing and McGarry Bar


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Bob paddling his Mad River Outrage between Judith Landing and McGarry Bar


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The Upper Missouri River between Judith Landing and McGarry Bar


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Bob peering into the Frank Hagadone homestead between Judith Landing and McGarry Bar


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The Frank Hagadone homestead between Judith Landing and McGarry Bar


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Marc at the Frank Hagadone homestead between Judith Landing and McGarry Bar


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The Upper Missouri River between McGarry Bar and Gist Bottom on our eighth day


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The Upper Missouri River between McGarry Bar and Gist Bottom on our eighth day


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The Upper Missouri River between McGarry Bar and Gist Bottom on our eighth day


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Our campsite at Gist Bottom at the end of our eighth day


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Cliff, Darrell, Larry and Bob contemplating preparing dinner at Gist Bottom at the end of our eighth day


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Our canoes at Gist Bottom


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Gilmore homestead at Gist Bottom on the morning of our ninth day


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Gilmore homestead at Gist Bottom on the morning of our ninth day


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Gilmore homestead at Gist Bottom on the morning of our ninth day


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Our campsite at our Gist Bottom campsite


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Lewis and Clark Campsite on river left between Gist Bottom and Cow Island Preserve


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The Upper Missouri River between Gist Bottom and Cow Island Preserve


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Cow Island Preserve on the Upper Missouri River


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Kipp homestead at Cow Island Preserve on the Upper Missouri River


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Kipp homestead at Cow Island Preserve on the Upper Missouri River


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Kipp homestead at Cow Island Preserve on the Upper Missouri River


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Larry paddling past another Lewis and Clark historical campsite on the Upper Missouri River


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The Upper Missouri River between Cow Island Preserve and Hideaway Primitive Boat Camp


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The Upper Missouri River between Cow Island Preserve and Hideaway Primitive Boat Camp


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Hideaway Primitive Boat Camp - our last campsite of the trip


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Hideaway Primitive Boat Camp - our last campsite of the trip


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Larry paddling toward James Kipp Recreation Area - the end of our trip


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Nearing James Kipp Recreation Area - the end of our trip


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The US Highway 191 Fred Robinson Bridge just above our take-out at James Kipp Recreation Area


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Unloading boats on the ramp at James Kipp Recreation Area


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