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Who We Are

Conserving Our Rivers and Way of Life.

Montanans for Healthy Rivers works to keep Montana’s rivers clean and free-flowing for future generations to enjoy. We are Montana families, business owners, sportsmen, farmers, ranchers, agency officials, tribes, land trusts, and conservation organizations who know that clean water and free-flowing rivers are important for our economy and our way of life.

We work to conserve our rivers for people, business, fish and wildlife, for today and for our future.

Together, we’ve joined forces to conserve the last, best free-flowing rivers on Montana’s public lands. With the Montana Headwaters Security Act we will create a legacy of Wild & Scenic Rivers that will protect our outdoor recreation and agriculture industries and guarantee our Montana way of life for future generations.

Join us in protecting clean water and Montana’s wild river heritage by using the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act to conserve more of our iconic headwaters streams on public lands.

CLICK HERE for a full list of Businesses and Organizations that endorse the draft Montana Headwaters Security Act.

Eric Adams

Montana Flyfishing Guides
Livingston, MT

Joe Biby

Wilderness River Outfitters
Kalispell, MT

Scott Bosse

American Rivers
Bozeman, MT

Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater
Missoula, MT

Darcy Cook

Granite Sports Medicine
Livingston, MT

Robin Cunningham

Fishing Outfitter Association of Montana
Bozeman, MT

Charles Wolf Drimal

Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Bozeman, MT

Becky Edwards

Montana Mountain Mamas
Bozeman, MT

Mike Fiebig

American Rivers
Bozeman, MT

Todd Frank

The Trail Head
Missoula, MT

Kristin Gardner

Gallatin River Task Force
Big Sky, MT

Greg Haller

Pacific Rivers
Portland, OR

Will Hammerquist

Polebridge Mercantile
Polebridge, MT

Kascie Herron

American Rivers
Victor, MT

Hilary Hutcheson

Outside Media
Columbia Falls, MT

Jessica Lucey

Great Northern Brewing
Whitefish, MT

Whitney Milhoan

Casting for Recovery
Bozeman, MT

Russell Parks

Missoulian Angler
Missoula, MT

Steve Platt

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Steering Committee

Paul Robertson

Sage Lodge
Emigrant, MT

Dale Sexton

Timber Trails
Livingston, MT

Robin Steinkraus

Flathead Lakers
Polson, MT

Rob & Robin Trotter

Yellowstone Raft Company
Gardiner, MT

Dan Vermillion

Sweetwater Travel Company
Livingston, MT

Our River Stories

Every Bend – Montana Wild & Scenic

This film gives us a short glimpse into the lives of three Montanans, all enriched by the clean and free-flowing nature of their local rivers. With a focus on the power of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and how it has benefited just a few Montana rivers, this film serves as a call to action, showing us what is at stake if we don’t protect more of our cherished rivers.

Show your support for Wild & Scenic protections for Montana’s last, best rivers to the members of the Montana Congressional delegation. Please Endorse Our Proposal Today!

Every Bend was produced by American Rivers, The Noble Lab and Trout TV, with support from Klean Kanteen and Costa.


Wild and Scenic Montana, Episode 7: Upper Twin Creek

Come along as we search for a natural arch on Montana’s Upper Twin Creek, in an effort to show the stream is eligible for Wild and Scenic designation, from American Whitewater on Vimeo.


Wild and Scenic Montana, Episode 6: Flathead River

The Flathead River’s Wild and Scenic headwaters help protect its outstanding water quality. Whether you are fishing, paddling, snorkeling, or teaching your kids how to swim, you are sure to appreciate Montana’s crystal clear and clean rivers. After all, we all live, work, and play downstream. From American Whitewater on Vimeo.


Wild and Scenic Montana Episode 5: South Fork of Birch Creek

As the Wilderness Act turns 50 years old, tag along with us as we celebrate wild rivers on the beautiful South Fork of Birch Creek, located in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. From American Whitewater on Vimeo.


Wild and Scenic Montana Episode 4: Dearborn River

Join Nathan Johnson and Kevin Colburn on a trip down the Upper Dearborn River, one of the incredible streams that would be protected under the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. From American Whitewater on Vimeo.


Wild and Scenic Montana Episode 3: Middle Fork Flathead River

Join us for a mid-August pack rafting trip down the Middle Fork Flathead, one of Montana’s only four Wild and Scenic Rivers. From American Whitewater on Vimeo.


Wild and Scenic Montana Episode 2: Monture Creek

Exploring Monture Creek in search of Wild and Scenic streams in Montana. Montana has only four rivers protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and Monture Creek is not one of them. We loaded up our pack rafts in search of outstanding scenery, geology, fish habitat, and of course recreation. Join us as we traverse walled-in maroon canyons, make some grueling portages, and duck logs on one of Montana’s many special streams. From American Whitewater on Vimeo.


Wild and Scenic Montana Episode 1: Middle Fork Birch Creek

Follow our early season descent of the incredible Middle Fork of Birch Creek as it cuts slot canyons through limestone reefs and pours over drops and rapids. All the while the terrain sparks of Alaska, complete with harlequin ducks, but of course is classic Rocky Mountain Front. It is a Montana treasure. from American Whitewater on Vimeo.


Wild and Scenic Montana – Ian McIntosh

Follow Ian McIntosh as he kayaks down the Stillwater River and discusses the recently proposed hydropower dams in the watershed that threatened East and West Rosebud creeks.


East Rosebud Creek – Clint Branger

Clint’s perspective on the East Rosebud Creek.


East Rosebud Creek – Mary Ellen Mangus

Mary Ellen’s perspective on the East Rosebud Creek.


The Craighead Legacy

The legacy of the Craighead family.


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