Recreate Responsibly | Montana’s Missouri River Country

Recreate Responsibly

Do Your Part to Recreate Responsibly

We're committed to keeping Montana's outdoor spaces, communities, residents and visitors safe. As you enjoy all that Missouri River Country has to offer, please join us in following these guidelines for responsible recreation in the land of "more room to roam."

Know Before You Go

Before arriving, check the status of the place you'd like to visit. It's good to have a backup plan if your destination is closed. Some destinations may be inaccessible at certain times of year, so be sure to check on road conditions if you're headed off the beaten path.

Practice Physical Distancing

Indoors or out, be prepared to encounter others with different social distancing comfort levels. Give other people as much space as possible—it's easy to do in Missouri River Country! On trails, move over to let stock (horses and mules) pass, yield to other hikers and be respectful of other users. If you know you'll be in an area with other people, have a mask at the ready. Keep your group small and if you are sick (have a cough, cold, fever, etc.) or have been in contact with individuals who have been sick, stay home and plan to visit our region when you feel better.

Plan Ahead

Check local regulations for the latest safety measures. Some facilities and attractions might be closed, so consider packing a lunch and bring essentials like extra water, food/snacks, bug spray and a first aid kit when you explore. Both weather and terrain can change quickly in Montana, so we recommend packing plenty of clothing layers to add or remove as needed.

If your itinerary includes hunting or fishing in Missouri River Country, visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website to check on current regulations, find resources and get the necessary licenses ahead of time.

Play It Safe

Have fun, but know your limits. Take it slow and choose lower-risk activities to reduce the strain on search and rescue operations and health care resources. Northeast Montana is home to bison, bighorn sheep, fox, coyote, pronghorn and so much more, so be prepared to have an encounter with our abundant wildlife if you spend time outside. Always give wildlife their space, do not approach them and do not feed them. If you plan to hike, be sure to go with a friend, make noise on the trail (talking or clapping), carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Explore Locally

Our area is full of local parks, trails and public spaces. Enjoy them while being mindful of your impact on the surrounding communities. Check in with local Chambers or Visitor Information Centers to pick up travel guides and maps, and get local suggestions for things to do, places to go and insider tips. Remember to stay on public land unless you have explicit permission to hunt, fish or explore on private land. Maps of public land and access can be obtained from the Area Bureau of Land Management offices.

Leave No Trace

Pack your garbage out with you and clean up properly. When recreating on public lands, be sure to take care of them by staying on trails. If you plan to camp while you're here, be sure to do so in an existing campsite or pick a site where vegetation is absent. It's important to respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities.

If you are bringing your own watercraft (motorized or nonmotorized), be sure to stop at all watercraft inspection stations to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Build an Inclusive Outdoors

There's room for everyone in Missouri River Country. Do your part to help make our outdoor spaces safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

To learn more about responsible recreation in Montana, go to visitmt.com/montana-matters or recreateresponsibly.org.

Recreate Responsibly marketing toolkit is available on marketmt.com.

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