Although Lewis and Clark endured tremendous hardships while navigating Montana's rivers, most of today's explorers experience a far different adventure.
For those exploring the overland routes on their own, information about recreation opportunities, destinations, food, lodging, and services is available from Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Travel Montana, Bureau of Land Management, National Forest Service, and the National Park Service.
Using water routes to experience the Trail enables visitors to come as close to the Corps' adventure as possible, but there are regulations that have been established to protect and enhance each traveler's experience. You can avoid mishaps with these tips on water and boating safety and a checklist to help plan your trip. Please follow these tips to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.
Public access launch site information is available from FWP regional offices, Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Additional regulations and guidelines are also available from these agencies, as well as from Travel Montana.