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The Jefferson River Canoe Trail was featured in the
Summer 2015 issue of Outside Bozeman:

Paddle boarding the Jefferson River, MT.

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The Jefferson River Canoe Trail was featured in the
February 2015 issue of Big Sky Journal:

Jefferson River Epic Fishing float trip.

See the full story at Big Sky Journal!


The Jefferson River Canoe Trail was featured in the May 2014
National Park Service Lewis & Clark newsletter-- The Trail Companion:

Trailhead, Jefferson River Canoe Trail floaters.

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Jefferson River Property Ownership Maps

Jefferson River Land 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. [Read more...]


The Jefferson River Canoe Trail was mentioned in the
National Park Service Lewis & Clark newsletter-- The Trail Companion:

Aerial map of Corps of Discovery Expedition route.

See the rest of The Trail Companion!


-Canoe Trail Mentioned in Family Camping & Canoeroots Magazine-

Jefferson River Canoe Trail in Canoeroots magazine.

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Drone view of fishing on Jefferson River, MT.

Jefferson River Canoe Trail Association
Accepted as Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Chapter

by Ben Pierce, April 16, 2010. Photo by Erik Petersen
Used with permission of ChronicleOutdoors.com

      The Jefferson River Canoe Trail Association (JRCTA) has been accepted as the newest chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCHTF). The foundation, a national organization established in 1969, is dedicated to the preservation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and its stories along the National Historic Trail.

      "LCHTF's goals fit very well with ours, to educate people where the trail goes and to preserve the trail," said JRCTA member Janet Zimmerman of Pony. "(Inclusion in LCHTF) gives us a chance to network with the other chapters. We can help each other by sharing information and supporting projects."

      LCHTF is based at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center on the banks of the Missouri River in Great Falls. It mission statement is: "As keepers of the story, stewards of the trail, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation provides national leadership in maintaining the integrity of the trail and its story through stewardship, scholarship, education, partnership and cultural inclusiveness."

      JRCTA was established in 1999 by author and wilderness survival instructor Thomas Elpel. Based in Silver Star, JRCTA is working to establish a publicly-accessible canoe trail on the Jefferson River to celebrate the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. JRCTA aims to preserve "the undeveloped character of the landscape as Lewis and Clark would have found it" as well as improving public access, trail and camping opportunities along the Jefferson River.

      Chapter membership in the JRTHF requires a $500 annual donation.

      "That was kind of daunting," Zimmerman said. "We thought that maybe with our little cache of money we could pay (as a group), but they wanted to have 10 people each come forward with $50. We were surprised with the response. Within two weeks we had a number of people step forward to volunteer dues money."

      Zimmerman said chapter membership will benefit JRCTA by broadening the reach of its message. JRCTA also looks forward to networking with other chapters to share information and assist with projects, and the potential to receive grant funding.

      JRCTA will display information about the trail at the annual Jefferson River Rally on April 24 at the Community Center in Whitehall. The public is invited to attend the JRCTA annual meeting and float the Jefferson River later in the summer.

      "We don't have a date set yet, but we usually have an event each summer for members and interested parties," Zimmerman said. "We usual have a picnic and float part of the trail."

      For more information about the Jefferson River Canoe Trail Association, visit www.jeffersonriver.org. For more on the Lewis and Clark National Heritage Foundation, visit www.lewisandclark.org.


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