Gates of the Mountains Boat Tours near Helena Montana

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Gates of the Mountains


A historic and stunningly scenic trip awaits you at the Gates of the Mountains just 120 miles northwest of Bozeman.

  • Although camping and fishing are allowed with proper permits, there are no roads or buildings within the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area.
  • The most convenient way to experience this rugged land much the same way that Lewis and Clark did is to travel the length of the Wilderness area via boat along the Missouri River.

Overview
The Gates of the Mountains Wilderness located in Montana was created by an act of Congress in 1964. The US Wilderness Act does not allow motorized or mechanized vehicles, including bicycles in any designated Wilderness Area. Although camping and fishing are allowed with proper permit, no roads or buildings are constructed and there is also no logging or mining.

The most convenient way to experience this rugged land much the same way that Lewis and Clark did is to travel the length of the Wilderness area via boat along the Missouri River.

Hours/Seasons
The majority of visitors to the area make use of a commercial touring company to view the natural wonders along the Missouri River. The typical season runs from Memorial Weekend through mid-September.

Fees/Costs
Average costs to take a commercial trip on the River averages $14.00 for adults for a 2-hour cruise.

Contact
Helena Ranger District
2001 Popular
Helena, MT 59601
406-449-5490

Highlights
This historic area remains the home to fascinating wildlife including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, ospreys, golden eagles, bald eagles, vultures, peregrine falcons and prairies falcons. You can also see otters, deer, squirrels, ermine, beaver, mountain lions, black bears and others.

At Meriwether Picnic Area, you can bring a picnic and the whole family will enjoy a day out next to the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area and the Missouri River. Swimming, fishing, and hiking can be engaged in.

From the picnic area you can hike to Mann Gulch, the site of the raging forest fire that killed 13 smokejumpers over fifty years ago.

Getting Here
The Gates of the Mountains marina is located 20 miles north of Helena, MT which would be approximately 120 miles northwest of Bozeman.

The Meriwether Picnic Area can be found by either hiking into it or accessing it via boat from the Marina.


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