Missouri River Safe Use Map

Great Falls River Map

Thank you for visiting the Great Falls Chamber Safe Use River Map. This Chamber project has been made possible thanks to collaboration with the Cascade County Sheriff’s office, Great Falls Fire and Rescue, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks District 4.

The Chamber has generously received a grant from the State of Montana to produce the map and value-added structures to host the map along the river. Look for those structures in the Spring of 2022 along the West Bank Landing River’s Edge Trail hand launch and at the Broadwater Bay boat launch.

Visit these Chamber businesses for great tips and local knowledge on how to navigate the river. They also provide rental equipment to take advantage of the recreation opportunities on the Mighty Mo!

In-depth river knowledge provided by Bighorn Outdoor Specialists & Montana River Outfitters

Aerial photos and video by: Big Sky Aerial Innovations

During a normal river recreation season (spring to fall), the Missouri River takes many forms. The United States Geological Service has provided historical data on rates of flow in cubic feet per second (CFS). These rates range from dangerously fast to comfortable in terms of floating or kayaking. Always use caution when recreating along the river. Be prepared and Know the Mo Before You Go!

Understand that road miles to travel to another area are not the same as river miles. Rates of flow, position in the water, wind, and type of equipment will all contribute to rate of travel. It is recommended to bring a small oar while tube floating to help in areas of low flow. And, always use the proper equipment. Novelty pool floats are not recommended for use on the water. Wear a life jacket!


Know the Law [https://fwp.mt.gov/activities/boating/registration]

Travel cautiously along the river, and always take an exploratory trip along your route before proceeding with increased speed. The river bottom changes drastically from year to year, and even throughout the year. Be alert for sandbars and rocks.

Be respectful of the residents along the river’s edge. River’s edge property is likely private property and should be treated as such. Please use the bathroom facilities at Broadwater Bay before proceeding up river. Do not stop along private property.

Be aware of and respect boating regulations!

You will be ticketed for DUI if boating while intoxicated. [Montana Code 23-2-535]

Cascade County has a noise ordinance [Montana Code 23-2-521 (3)(a)]. This applies to music in your boat as well as the operation of jet boats. Please be respectful of local residents while recreating along the river.

Enjoy the river safely, and Know the Mo Before You Go!

Great Falls River Map