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Jefferson River Canoe Trail Maps
Featuring Conservation, Recreation, and Lewis & Clark History

Beaver Chew campsite map sample.

      The Jefferson River Canoe Trail has produced a set of maps featuring conservation, recreation, and Lewis and Clark history along the Jefferson River.

      For recreationists, the Canoe Trail maps feature detailed information about the river course, access points, camping areas, and potential hazards. Text on the back of the maps also includes tips for being properly prepared, reminders to bring extra bags to pick up trash, guidelines for no-trace camping, and an overview of Montana's Stream Access Law.

      The Canoe Trail Maps also feature a conservation message encouraging people to think about the cumulative effects of population growth in the area. Conservation easements are highlighted on the maps to show which lands have been protected from future development. Text on the back of the maps includes suggestions for living along the Jefferson without destroying it, including guidelines for building new houses.

      The maps also include a detailed history of Lewis and Clark's experiences along the Jefferson River. Lewis and Clark campsites are marked on the maps, as well as their approximate overland routes as they took turns walking ahead of the canoes. Highlights of the Lewis and Clark story are included in a narrative, along with detailed journals of their day-by-day experiences along the Jefferson River.

      For a printed copy of the maps, please order via PayPal below or send a suggested donation of $20 + $2.50 for postage more to the Jefferson River Canoe Trail - PO Box 697 - Pony, MT 59747.

Printing History
      1st Edition: August 2007: Five hundred copies of the Jefferson River Canoe Trail Maps were printed at a cost of $5,335. Nearly half of the cost ($2,500) was paid for by a Cost Share Challenge grant from the National Park Service through the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. An additional $1,200 was paid by Jefferson County through the Metal Mines grant program. HOPS Press, LLC of Pony, Montana contributed $800 to the printing, while the balance was covered by the Jefferson River Canoe Trail Association.

      Updated 2nd Edition: February 2016: Five hundred maps were printed at a cost of $5,094. Most of the printing cost was covered by a $5,000 Lewis and Clark Trail Stewardship Grant awarded by the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, with the balance covered by the Jefferson River Canoe Trail.

Download the complete
Jefferson River Canoe Trail Maps
in PDF format for on-screen viewing.

Note that the screen resolution is not high enough printing.

Upper Jefferson (3,039K) | Back of Map (1,011K)
Middle Jefferson (2,939K) | Back of Map (1.507K)
Lower Jefferson (3,065K) | Back of Map (1,088K)

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Hi Tom,

      I just received your maps on the Jefferson River trail. Great work, and as a map maker I can say I really appreciate good maps when I see them. In addition to doing hydrographic survey maps for water rights since 1978 at HKM, now DOWL LLC., I have also produced and sold over 90,000 copies of mountain maps under the business name of Rocky Mountain Surveys.

      I also appreciate all the work you have done with Lewis and Clark. I hope to meet you some day. What you have done really needs to be expanded elsewhere. Even if a person is not a rafter, the maps should be owned by all L&C enthusiasts.

Thanks again,

Ralph Saunders

Upper Jefferson River Map, Montana.

Download PDFs: Upper Jefferson (3,039K) | Back of Map (1,011K)


Middle Jefferson River Map, Montana.

Download PDFs: Middle Jefferson (2,939K) | Back of Map (1,507K)


Lower Jefferson River Map, Montana.

Download PDFs: Lower Jefferson (3,065K) | Back of Map (1,088K)


Jefferson River Property Ownership Maps

      In December of 2012, the Jefferson River Canoe Trail was awarded a grant of $1,320 from our parent organization, the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. During the Bicentennial, the U.S. Mint issued and sold Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial Commemorative Silver Dollars. Some of the proceeds from the sale of the coins were provided to the Foundation to create the Trail Stewardship Endowment for the purpose of preservation, protection, and interpretation of the natural, historic, educational, and cultural resources of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

      Our organization applied for these grant funds to hire DTM Consulting in Bozeman, Montana to create property ownership maps of the Jefferson River. The purpose of the maps is: a) to identify properties big enough to focus on for conservation priorities, such as encouraging landowners to consider conservation easements, b) to identify parcels too small to bother with, and c) to identify parcels that might be good candidates for canoe trail campsites, such as properties with fragments without road access on the opposite side of the river as the main parcel.

      Sample low-rez images of the completed maps are below. The database of landowners is a separate file. All of this information can also be obtained piece by piece through the Cadastral interface, but it is handy to have a printed map that we can study together as an organization, or when coordinating with other organizations and government agencies.

Upper Jefferson River Land Ownership Map, Montana.

Middle Jefferson River Land Ownership Map, Montana.

Lower Jefferson River Land Ownership Map, Montana.

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