Men's Journal


North America’s largest waterways are an overlooked asset. Launch your own low-stress, high-yield river adventure.


Upper Missouri River Breaks

Lewis and Clark come alive on 149 miles of designated Wild and Scenic River, with painted sandstone cliffs and knife-edge box canyons, highlighte­d by the 65mile White Cliffs section of this national monument. Ask Missouri River Outfitters (mroutfitte­

Lower Mississipp­i River

Live the classic Huck Finn dream with surprising­ly still-wild overnight escapes like the 98-mile float from Memphis, TN, to Helena, AR, through hidden backwaters, wooded islands, and side channels to silent, sandy campsites. Load up with Quapaw Canoe Co., near the blues-country “Crossroads” in Clarksdale, MS (

Columbia River

Paddle an off-theradar 51-mile section through the Hanford Reach National Monument, which protects the mighty Columbia’s last nontidal, free-flowing stretch—and plenty of wildlife, too—between Priest Rapids Dam and Richland, WA, where Northwest Paddleboar­ding can point you to legal campsites outside the monument (northwest paddleboar­

Hudson River

For an overnight float with away-from-it-all feels, put in near Albany, NY, for a 30-mile trip to Germantown. This Greenway Water Trail section features gentle current and abundant bald eagles. Camp at Hudson River Islands State Park and outfit at Steiner’s Sports (steinerssp­orts .com).

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