James Kipp Recreation Area and Campground


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This is a key access point for the Upper Missouri National Wild & Scenic River. For centuries, Native Americans were attracted to this area to gather plants and hunt game. The Ancient camps and bison kill sites here are evidence of human dependence along the river corridor.

Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery passed here on May 24, 1805, during the second year of their adventure. They camped just 2-1/2 miles downriver. The members of the expedition averaged about 13 miles a day by sailing, poling, and mostly pulling their boats upriver against the formidable currents. In July 1806, Captain Lewis and his party returned down the Missouri through this area.

Few names stand out in Missouri River history than James Kipp. Born in Montreal in 1788, he was a fort builder, fur trader, and steamboat captain. In 1831, he established Fort Piegan near Loma, 128 river miles upstream from this spot. It was the first American Fur Company trading post established on the Missouri west of Fort Union. He made the return trip the following spring with more than 4,000 beaver pelts and other furs in tow. After 41 years in the fur trade business, he retired in 1859. Today, this stretch of the Upper Missouri is a national treasure under the careful stewardship of government agencies and private landowners. 149 miles upriver to Fort Benton is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. Downriver to Fort Peck, the land surrounding the river forms the heart of the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

Located along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is the James Kepp Recreation Area and campground. It has 34 campsites, 19 single sites, and 15 group sites. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.  Toilets and water available.  Boat launch, fishing cleaning station, an RV dump station.  No RV hookups. $12/night fee with a maximum stay of 14 days. Open April 1 through December 1.

Directions: This Recreation Area Is Located Where Us Highway 191 Crosses The Missouri River Approximately 70 Miles South Of Malta And 64 Miles North East Of Lewistown Where Us Highway 191 Intersects The Missouri River At Fred Robinson Bridge.

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