3 Upper Missouri River [BRACKET "Montana"]
Lewis and Clark reported seeing more deer than they had ever seen before along the wide bends of the Upper Missouri Breaks, and this remote area is almost as rich in game today as it was when those explorers first laid eyes on it. On one trip there, my party launched at Robinson Bridge, north of Lewistown, and paddled upstream for 10 miles against a slow but steady current. We set up camp in the Missouri Breaks National Monument, where soaring, sculpted buttes overlook sandstone canyons, grassy flats, and brush-choked river bends. We glassed the canyons to look for muley bucks, and we found enormous whitetails in the brush beside the river.