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Hal Watkins posted 10-08-2004 10:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for Hal Watkins   Send Email to Hal Watkins  
In the summer of 2005 I want to take my BW15'SS on portions of the rivers that Lewis and Clark explored. I am looking for navigable portions including places to launch, stay overnight and explore. I have set aside a week for this project. Would likely focus on Missouri River, Nebraska, South Dakota and west from there. Anyone with experience in these areas please contribute. Could this turn into a rendezvous?
Tom W Clark posted 10-08-2004 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

I suggest you read William Least Heat-Moon's book, "River Horse" which describes his transcontinental journey across America in a small outboard powered craft. I think you find it very helpful (as well as fascinating.)

jimh posted 10-10-2004 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
That is a great book. It got me thinking in that same direction. Heat-Moon used a C-Dory 22, I think. A small Whaler would be even better.
Landlocked posted 10-18-2004 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Have to chime in on this - great book. You can also find it on tape at your local library (at least ours has it).


Speedo66 posted 10-27-2004 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
I just read this book on the strength of this thread. Gotta say I really enjoyed it. The portions about the boat trip itself are great, but also so are the insights about the places, experiences, and people he meets. Highly recommend. Found it in hardcover in my local library.
Hal Watkins posted 10-29-2004 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
On a related note...Please share your experience using the lock and dam systems. Communications with and Locking through. Thanx,
ALR posted 11-04-2004 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for ALR  Send Email to ALR     
Hal - I live in South Dakota within sight of the Missouri and use my Montauk there on a regular basis. Just to clarify, there are no locks on any of the Missouri River dams. Just to give you some information to help you choose where you might want to go:
ALR posted 11-04-2004 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for ALR  Send Email to ALR     
Sorry I hit the wrong button: St Louis to Ponca Neb is channelized - no dams - deep enough for barge traffic but hardly any commercial traffic at all. Ponca to Yankton SD is natural river - shifting channels - lots of sandbars - really difficult going even in my Montauk unless you have spent your lifetime on it. Above Yankton is the first dam (Gavins Point Dam and Lewis & Clark lake) 30 miles long the upper end starts to get pretty shallow with sediment that drains in from the Niobrara River. above Springfield SD to Pickstown SD the river is natural again - a beautiful river - I have canoed it but never used a motor boat there. At Pickstown is the 2nd dam (Ft. Randall Dam with Lake Francis Case) beautiful clear water with river breaks on both sides and very little development. the only other traffic you would see would be occassional walleye fishermen. Above Chamberlain SD the lake starts to get shallow again and lots of tree stumps. The 3rd dam is at Ft. Thompson SD and that lake would be more of the same. Almost no develpment. The 4th dam is Oaha at Pierre. A huge dam that backs usually deep water all of the way up into North Dakota. At that point you are running out of my area of experience. Pierre is a huge walleye fishing area so there are lots of marine services. All of the lakes are suffering from the drought. Oahe is 40 or 50 feet below normal level. Some of my sailboating friends there haven't been able to use their boats there this year. What the lakes adn the river will be like next year is dependent upon how much snow there is in the mountains in Montana. As far as I know there are no BW dealers in SD at all. Sorry this is so long but if therer are any more specific questions I can answer for you let me know.

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