It’s the little things that can make a big difference.  Sleeping on our comfortable cots on summer roving trips, rather than pads on the ground, keeps you rested and energetic.  We are committed to providing you with a friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff.  We take extra precautions for your safety and enjoyment.  Maybe most important is making your wilderness trip accomplish what you want.  We truly appreciate your business and look forward to making new friends.

We focus on offering our guests an enriched adventure vacation by focusing on a quality western wilderness experience. Our horses and mules are well trained and we will match your riding experience to the appropriate riding animal.  Our excellent equipment is well maintained and specially selected for your comfort and safety.  We have specially designed it to be light in weight, which requires fewer pack animals, to protect the wilderness.   Our staff is exceptional, well educated, friendly, customer-oriented and experienced.   We want you to “come as strangers, and leave as friends”.

A MONTANA PBS DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SMOKE ELSER

 

Our friends and mentors (and previous owners of our business), Smoke Elser and his wife Thelma were recently featured in the 2011 Documentary of their life and 50 plus years as outfitters, the people they have taken into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and their love of the Wilderness.

 

In 2010, Smoke, Connie and Mack along with our friends Dan and Richard took a special trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness to learn the history, lore and explore “lost” sites.  The PBS crew went along to capture the splendors, the stories and much more about the wilderness.  This gives a firsthand perspective of how we conduct our trips and how it feels to spend time in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

 

You can watch the 1 hour PBS Documentary at the following link:

 

Bob Marshall (1901-1939) was a man of many talents.  The early forester, author, explorer, wilderness preservation pioneer, and Wilderness Society co-founder was an avid leader for the protection of wild lands and pristine landscapes.  Marshall died at the early age of 38 from heart failure.  In spite of his heart condition, he logged many hikes of up to 40 miles in a single 24 hour day.  Before he died he was able to lay out the preliminary plans for the wilderness area.

In 1941, not long after Marshall died, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Henry A. Wallace, designated the 950,000 acres surrounding the South Fork of the Flathead(established 1931), the Sun River (established 1935), and the Pentagon (established 1933) as Primitive Areas (later to become Congressionally designated Wilderness Areas).  To honor the memory of the man who fought so valiantly to protect the area, it was officially named the Bob Marshall Wilderness on September 3, 1964, when Congress passed the “The Wilderness Act”. The “Bob” has received constant protection under this Act ever since and is a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

While almost every trip we take has great fishing opportunities, we have scheduled trips that focus on trophy wilderness fishing.  We will be fishing waters that are teaming with trout and produce catch rates that will keep you busy all day!  As Smoke Elser says, you have to hide behind a tree just to put your fly or lure on.  The trips for 2018 leave on August 9, 2018 and August 20, 2018.

The August 9th trip is an 8 day 7 night fishing adventure to a blue ribbon fishing destination. August 20 is a 7 day, 6 night fishing adventure to an excellent fishing destination.

Don’t delay, these trips fill fast. If interested contact us using our electronic form or call us at 406-644-7889.

Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters - Missoula, Montana