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#TravelTuesday with Guest Photographer Bob Wick to Montana’s Upper Missouri River Breaks Country


“The Breaks” are the heart of Montana’s big sky country and encompass the same untouched landscapes that inspired beloved western painter Charles Russell. Start your visit to the area at the interpretive center in Fort Benton where you’ll learn about such significant events as Lewis and Clark Corp’s of Discovery exploration and the Nez Perce Indians somber journey through the area while fleeing the U. S. Calvary. The Mighty Missouri continues to slowly shape the land and the people who have called this area home. Westward settlement in our emerging nation made this river one of the most significant routes of expansion. Once steamers traveled up the river making Fort Benton a sizable inland port. The area is much quieter now with mostly canoes plying the Mighty Mo.


Canoeing is one of the premiere activities in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and allows you to retrace the same route documented in the journals of the early explorers – the white cliffs and hole in the rock are just two scenic and very photogenic landmarks. Bighorn sheep and elk can be seen on the uplands and are among the many wildlife photo opportunities.

BLM published boating guides are available for the corridor as are canoe rentals from several outfitters. Trips can be organized for several days up to a week or more.


My favorite time to visit the breaks is in September when the cottonwoods turn golden. Crisp mornings cause mist to rise from the warmer water giving photos a dreamy quality.


Photo tip: It’s hard for viewers to judge the vast treeless landscapes of areas like The Breaks country. Get people into landscape photos to add perspective to these immense landscapes and truly show off their scale.


Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

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Taken on September 26, 2012