Outings

Mending Waters Montana has excursions planned throughout the year.  They include:

Missouri River Trip (Maj. Shane Powell Memorial)

The Missouri River trip, our largest outing hosting 16 participants, is generally held in August of each year. This two-day event provides — at no expense to the participants — all food, lodging and needed fishing equipment.  Additionally, and with the generosity and assistance of the flyfishing community in Craig, Mending Waters Montana provides professional fishing guides, boats and shuttle service.

Rock Creek Trip (PFC Kyle Bohrnsen Memorial)

The first annual US Army PFC Kyle Bohrnsen Memorial flyfishing event on Rock Creek at the T-Bar Ranch is generally held in July. Through the gracious support of K9 Care, the community of Philipsburg, Montana and the T-Bar Ranch, participants enjoy two wonderful days of flyfishing on this blue-ribbon, world-class trout river, and also enjoy delicious food, comfortable lodging and a relaxing environment.  This is an annual event to honor the memory of Kyle who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2007 by a roadside improvised explosive device.

Sun River Trip

The Sun River trip is a one day outing to private waters located on the front range of the Rocky Mountains near Augusta. Dick and Nancy Klick, owners of the Klick Ranch, are the generous hosts for this outing. Gus Wolfe, a fishing and hunting outfitter from Augusta, is the host guide.  This one day flyfishing trip to exclusive waters of the Sun River introduces 10 veterans to the sport of flyfishing.  The event is generally held in September.

Additional Outings

Mending Waters Montana places veterans on smaller outings and excursions as the opportunities arise.  Other trips include the Bitterroot, Smith, Big Hole, Jefferson, Madison, Beaverhead and Ruby rivers.

Participant Requirements & Needs

ALCOHOL: The official policy of Mending Waters Montana is that no alcohol will be provided during a sponsored event.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Your accommodations, food, guiding and boating experiences are due to the generosity of those who support Mending Waters Montana’s mission. Enjoy your accommodations, but please be respectful of the property.

DISABILITIES: Mending Waters Montana is able to accommodate a variety of disabilities, including offering a wheel chair-accessible drift board. If you have an ambulatory disability, please contact your trip lead and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.

VOLUNTEERS: Those who are greeting you, feeding you, and training you are gladly doing so out of their philanthropic desire. Take advantage of their commitment to the organization and know that your gratitude is of great importance.

PRIVACY: A participant’s involvement in Mending Waters Montana activities is completely private, other than instances where a participant grants publicity rights to Mending Waters Montana. On rare occasions media or political personalities may show up at our event. Under no circumstances are you required to participate or engage with the media.

FEEDBACK: Mending Waters Montana may request you to complete a survey of your event experiences. This will be anonymous and will greatly help us to organize future trips to the betterment of all participants. Your feedback and participation, which we view as valuable, is optional.

Drift Boat Usage, safety and handling

Mending Waters Montana offers two drift boats at no expense for use on the Missouri River by military veterans.  The boats were generously donated by Adipose Boat Works, of Helena, and Kelly Powell, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Both boats are for use on the Missouri River between Holter Dam and Cascade.  Drift boats can be reserved for use by calling 406.235.3447.

Experienced volunteers offer periodic classes on the correct handling of drift boats.  Included in the training is procedures for safety, etiquette, and ethical issues.

Other Resources

Information on fishing in Montana can be obtained at the following websites:

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Montana Office of Tourism
Montana Chapter of American Fisheries Society