On any given day, anyone looking toward Brennan’s Wave in Downtown Missoula is likely to see a kayaker — or several — playing on the wave, an engineered whitewater masterpiece right next to Caras Park on the Clark Fork river.
Named for Brennan Guth, a Missoula-native and world-class kayaker who died paddling in Chile in 2001, the man-made wave gives local kayakers a spectacular whitewater feature to call their own.
The $300,000 project has been a great addition to Missoula and to the Downtown community in particular. Not only has it given local kayakers a place to play right in the heart of the city, it has also brought revenue and recognition to the city.
In June 2010, Brennan’s Wave played host to the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Championships, an event that brought together some 5,000 spectators to watch more than 200 competitors.
From early in the spring until it’s cold enough for the river to start icing, you will find kayakers at play on the river.
For those with an adventurous spirit, several Missoula businesses offer kayak lessons for those who want to get in on the action, rather than just check it out from your place on the spectator deck.
Serving up home made ice cream since 1995, Big Dipper Ice Cream has garnered national attention from a recent appearance on Good Morning America to being chosen as one of America's Best by Food and Wine Magazine, USA Today, Yahoo news and Budget Travel among others. You can also find a Big Dipper store in Helena and Billings, Montana or enjoy a scoop from our ice cream truck (Coneboy) in Missoula.
We get it, you like good beer and you love Montana. We like these things too. That's why we are here to help you find all the good beer throughout the state of Montana.
This blog is a collaborative effort and the goal is to provide one place where beer lovers can find information about beer in Montana — including news, events, beer bars, and more.
We are independent beer drinkers. We are not working for Montana brewers, distributors, associations or a tourism board. We are just proud to live in a state that has such a vibrant brewing community and deep history in beer.
Montana Beer Finder certainly respects and appreciates our local brewers, and there wouldn't be a lot for us to blog about if it wasn't for their heroic efforts, but we are not blogging solely on their behalf. In fact, we feature all the beers available in this great state, not just ones brewed here.
In short, we work for you, the beer lovers of Montana!
Go to www.visitmt.com to learn more about the great state of Montana, and to obtain ideas on routes to take, places to stay and things to do along the way. Or, ask your local brewery staff as you make your way on the Montana Brewers Trail! Share your stories with us on social media!
There are 10 breweries in Missoula. It ranks second in breweries per capita.
Jeannette Rankin - First woman elected to the US Congress
In 1916, four years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment gave women the nationwide right to vote, Montana suffragist Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to the United States Congress.
Traveler's Rest was a stopping point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, located about one mile south of Lolo, Montana. The expedition stopped from September 9 to September 11, 1805, before crossing the Bitterroot Mountains, and again on the return trip from June 30 to July 3, 1806. Traveler's Rest is at the eastern end of the Lolo Trail. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The boundaries were subsequently revised, and mostly lie within the 51-acre Traveler's Rest State Park, which is operated by the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Significant archeological findings made in 2002, including latrine sites with traces of mercury and fire hearths, make this the only site on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail that has yielded physical proof of the explorers' presence. Records made by Lewis and Clark often spell "Traveler's" as "Traveller's". This spot is largely unchanged from the days of Lewis and Clark. From this location, Lewis and Clark split up to explore Montana during their return trip, not reuniting until they reached Sanish, North Dakota.
After departing here in 1806, Lewis' part of the expedition traveled to what is now the Alice Creek Historic District
At 620 feet above the city of Missoula on the slope of Mt. Sentinel sits a symbol that has become synonymous not only with the University of Montana, but also the city itself. Although it’s just3/4 mile to “M,” it seems much further with its steep incline and 11 switchbacks. (For those curious, it’s 1-3/4 miles to top of Mount Sentinel.)
Missoula Parks and Recreation is proud to serve the citizens of Missoula with quality recreation programs, well-maintained parks and trails, and an abundance of open space lands. Missoula boasts more than 500 acres of city parkland, 26 miles of trails, 3,300 acres of conservation lands and 20,000 park and boulevard trees.