Fort Benton Bound

Odds are, if you’re in Fort Benton, you’re here to canoe the Wild and Scenic stretch of the Missouri River, following in the oar-strokes of Lewis and Clark. But first, hit Montana’s oldest town: it’s pretty much the last civilization you’ll see once you start paddling. Get the historic beta and a tour of old Fort Benton at the museums, splurge on a fancy dinner at the Union Grille, and turn in at Montana’s oldest operating hotel, the Grand Union, opened in 1882.

Then, grab your paddles. Outfitters in Fort Benton offer everything from canoe rentals to guide services to every-last-detail-planned trips. If you’ve got a week, float the entire 150-mile Wild and Scenic segment, exploring rock formations, checking out wildlife, poking around historic sites, and casting a line along the way. For a quicker, quirkier trip, put in near Virgelle (population 2) after bed-and-breakfasting (or sleeping in a sheep wagon) at the antique-laden Virgelle Mercantile.

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Fort Benton

We recently attended the 2014 Fort Benton Summer Celebration and was treated first thing to a free breakfast of pulled pork. The town has some great attractions for day visiting: the Wake Up coffee shop is a must and there ...

14th St
Fort Benton, MT
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Fred Robinson Bridge

Great camping, huge fish!!! Theres the James Kipp Recreation Area located there as well. Long drive to the middle of nowhere, but for great fishing, isnt that always a requirement?

U.S. 191
Roy, MT
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Grand Union Hotel

My wife and I had our wedding reception here and spent our wedding night in one of the rooms with a balcony. We have since been back for special occasion meals. Very high quality food and service. Very highly recommend ...

1 Grand Union Square
Fort Benton, MT
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Historic Old Fort Benton

With your museum pass, get into the reason for it all: old Fort Benton, with the oldest building in the state of Montana. Lots of old Native American trading post goods, antiques, and history. Well explained in all the museums ...

Old Fort Park
Fort Benton, MT
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Upper Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center

Home to Chief Joseph's rifle, surrendered at the Bears Paw Battlefield, and excellent replicas of a steamboat pilot house, river wagons, and more. We learned about fish that to this day swim in the Missouri River...and have done ...

700-798 Main St
Fort Benton, MT
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Virgelle Mercantile

Imagine driving miles and miles of unbroken prairie beauty, and then, out of nowhere, a little old building crops up, just as the map says you’re approaching the banks of the wild and scenic part of the Missouri. That ...

7483 Virgelle Ferry Rd N
Loma, MT
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