- Back to homepage
Follow in the path of famous explorers Lewis and Clark as you recreate their journey down the Jefferson, Madison and Yellowstone Rivers in Montana.
Although inhabited for over ten thousand years, Yellowstone was only truly discovered by North American settlers in the last 150 years. Go back in time only a little further and most of the Northern Continent was an unexplored landmass, familiar only to the indigenous peoples who lived there. On the behest of Thomas Jefferson, two pioneers were commissioned to explore the western half of North America following the acquisition of Louisiana from the French in 1803.
Lewis and Clark not only explored and mapped huge swathes of the then-mysterious continent, but they discovered that the Missouri River made a convenient shipping route leading all the to the Pacific Ocean, securing their place in the history books. In 1806, as they were returning to "the States" and St. Louis, the Corps of Discovery was determined to explore more of present-day Montana. William Clark and his segment of the group, including the Shoshone woman Sacagawea and her young son "Pomp", descended the Jefferson River, ascended the Gallatin River, and crossed a drainage divide to intercept a river that was to be named the Yellowstone River running through the National Park established sixty-six years later.
This day tour will put you in the shoes of Lewis and Clark as you take a boat ride through the pristine countryside of Montana that still looks pretty much like when Lewis & Clark came through on their journey 200 years before you. Learn about mountain men and Indians, read from the Journals and watch the magnificent wildlife such as beaver, river otter, turtles, eagles, cranes, pelicans, deer and moose that was and still is native to this part of the world.
The tour is very family friendly, with an emphasis on education and learning about the culture and history of the area. You’ll learn about the mountain men who have (and still do, to a certain extent) inhabited the region for the last couple of centuries, the mountain fur trade of the 19th century, and of course the Lewis and Clark expedition. Along the way, the expert guides will read from Lewis’ journals and you’ll get to see artefacts used on the expedition itself.
The tour also caters for anybody with disabilities, and the boat is very stable with comfortable seats.
We select specialist operators who are experienced, qualified and most importantly passionate about what they do. Your enquiry will be passed straight through to the experts who will be able to give you the best advice.