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“Gates of the Mountains are Incredible”
Review of Missouri River

Ranked #10 of 47 things to do in Helena
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Owner description: The Missouri River and the dams that form major lakes in the area provide great fishing opportunities.
Atlanta, Georgia
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567 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“Gates of the Mountains are Incredible”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

The Missouri River in Montana is really breathtaking. Between the history of Lewis and Clark and the majesty of the Gates of the Mountains, The River has amazing caves and a flurry of wildlife on both sides. I saw a small black bear come down during my short visit. I will definitely be back to camp sometime soon.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank Quintin K
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Helena, Montana
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“Great fishing, don't expect much solitude”
Reviewed 27 December 2013

This review is for fishing and floating on the blue-ribbon section of the Missouri downstream of Holter dam. This is a world class fishery for large and energetic rainbow and brown trout. The flow is controlled by three dams upstream so the top two miles are always crystal clear. If the Little Prickley Pear Creek and Dearborn river are in runoff (typically late May and early June), you can expect to see less clarity. In low water years the weeds get downright nasty in August. There are LOTS of people on the 8 miles between Holter Dam and Craig during the summer months. If you want to see fewer people, go downstream from Craig. Access is very easy. There are several FWP fishing access sites along the frontage road where you can hop in and wade fish. Insect hatches are phenomenal during the summer. Keep fly patterns small. You'll do best fishing size 16-18 flies. The river can be difficult as the fish see a lot of pressure, have an abundance of food, and the holding places aren't alway obvious. But when you hook up, you're in for a load of fun. Fish average 16-18". There are several guide services at Wolf Creek and Craig. Most fly shops also offer shuttle service if you have your own boat. If you just want a pleasure float, the canyon stretch from Stickney Creek down to Prewitt offers high cliff walls. Several of the fishing access sites offer camping although most are just open spots at the edge of a parking lot. The Mid Canon and Prewitt sites have spots that have trees and feel more like camping. Spaces are VERY limited and first-come first-serve.

Visited September 2013
4 Thank Rick O
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Whitefish, Montana
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196 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Maybe the best, and least known, trout fishery in Montana”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

We spent the day on the Missouri floating from Dearborn to Prewett Creek. A long day, but really great fishing! Big browns and rainbows. This section did not have any where near the number of boats as you will see in the section from Holter Dam to Craig. If you are going to be in the Helena or Great Falls area, it is worth checking out the fly shops and guides based out of Craig. I thought the scenery was amazing and the fishing was great.

Visited September 2013
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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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33 attraction reviews
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“God's Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

Not just the MIssouri River, but all in MT. However boating the MIssouri and going through the "Gate of the Mountains" is a must do adventure. Tour guide Steve, is a great story teller and the education you will gain is worth the little $ amount you will spend. TAKE THE ENTIRE FAMILY.

Visited March 2013
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Corte Madera, California
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“Fly Fishing with a local guide on the Missouri River in Craig, MT”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

If you are planning a fly fishing trip on the Missouri River and want an awesome experience with a local guide, request Russell Dobrzynski, a local fly fishing guide who works for several outfitters in Craig, Montana.
Not only is Russell an avid outdoorsman, he's also an expert fly fishing guide.
Russell is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the rivers in the area. He will put you where the fish hang out and teach the fly fishing skills you need to hook fish and land them.
He's popular, so you will need to request him ahead of time. We found Russell through Head Hunters, but any of the local outfitters can hook you up with him :-).
Russell will make your fly fishing experience not only awesome; but truly a memorable vacation.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Lyn L
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