Women can learn to canoe on the Yellowstone River near Livingston this summer. The Montana Becoming an Outdoors Woman program has teamed up with Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) to offer a 5-day canoeing adventure for women. The class begins in Livingston and runs August 21-25.
The Yellowstone is a wide, swift moving river whose banks are lined with shimmering cottonwoods and is home to bald eagles, osprey and a healthy fish population. You will gain paddle skills, learn scouting and self-rescue techniques, as well as river navigation and ecology.
The current is swift so you can really cover the miles, perhaps as many as 20 miles a day! The river is full of large islands that make great campsites during a trip that will ensure that group members get to know each other and begin to form a highly functioning team.
The registration fee is $635. Participants need only bring their personal clothing and shoes. All food and gear, including canoes and camping equipment, will be provided by VOBS. "The courses are designed to be challenging, yet safe and flexible," says BOW coordinator Liz Lodman.
For further information and a registration form, call Liz Lodman at FWP in Helena at (406) 444-2615 or e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is July 16.