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Waterloo Grove on the Jefferson River, Montana.

Waterloo Grove Fundraiser!
Jefferson River Canoe Trail
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

      Help restore public access on the Jefferson River! We are raising $270,000 to secure Waterloo Grove by Parson's Bridge, ten miles south of Whitehall. The 30-acre parcel will serve as a walk-in fishing access site and public floater camp. Your tax-deductible donation will help complete this priority property acquisition. We presently have $204,000 in cash and grants. We need an additional $66,000 by June 30, 2017 to seal the deal!

      UPDATE 05/20/17: We have raised approximately $16,000 so far through cash, checks, pledges, and our online fundraiser. We now have just $50,000 left to go. We can do this!


Paddling the Jefferson River Canoe Trail.       Public Access: Waterloo Grove will serve as a convenient walk-in fishing access site and picnic area serving the Jefferson Valley. The property features a diverse mix of cottonwood, juniper, water birch, willow, and rich forage, plus lots of whitetail deer. At 30.53 acres, it will be the only substantial piece of riparian public land on the upper Jefferson where people can walk their dog, go bird watching, or hunt for morel mushrooms.

      Waterloo Grove is a publicly-impacted private property by Parson's Bridge diversion dam. There is a parking lot and boat ramp located within the adjacent Waterloo Road right-of-way. The diversion dam directs irrigation water through the head gate and ditch crossing Waterloo Grove. A public portage route allows floaters to cross the head gate, winding across private land back to the river.

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The Jefferson River Canoe Trail is a Chapter of the 501(c) Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
Donate online or send checks to: JRCT - PO Box 697 - Pony, MT 59747

Waterloo Grove.

Tent camping Jefferson River Canoe Trail.

      Public Campsite: We are purchasing Waterloo Grove to serve as a public floater's camp for anyone following the Jefferson River Canoe Trail segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. It will serve local paddlers, Lewis and Clark enthusiasts, and anyone following the increasingly popular 3,900-mile source-to-sea route from Brower's Spring to the Gulf of Mexico. This is an especially appropriate location because floaters often have to unpack all their gear to portage around the diversion dam anyway.

      Montanans historically enjoyed the privilege of paddling our scenic rivers, camping in farm fields or groves of trees along the way. The rise of No Trespassing signs has largely ended this time-honored tradition, forcing paddlers to camp on gravel bars or seek scraps of public land to pitch a tent and stretch their legs. Public lands are especially scarce along the Jefferson River. Securing Waterloo Grove for the public ensures that future generations can enjoy traditional freedoms while reducing public-private conflicts.

      Our group is working to fill in the gaps to provide convenient, quality campsites along the entire length of the Jefferson River Canoe Trail segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (LCNHT). This local project will eventually connect with other water trails downstream to form a national blue trail along the Lewis and Clark route from here to St. Louis.

Bull moose along the Jefferson River Canoe Trail.

      Conservation: The Jefferson is a great river with beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, good floating opportunities, and an essential stake in our nation's history. Acquiring this property saves the parcel from development as a home site and thereby helps preserve the historic viewshed along this segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Let's protect the viewshed so floaters can continue to experience the Jefferson River much as Lewis and Clark found it 200 years ago.

      Restore Public Access: We recently lost vital public land on the upper Jefferson River due to a land exchange between the state and a private landowner. Acquiring Waterloo Grove will help restore public land on the upper Jefferson.

      This is an unusual opportunity on the Jefferson River. Parcels of this size and quality are very rare along the Jefferson, and often much more expensive. Most parcels are much larger, or occupied by houses, or included in subdivisions with covenants that would be incompatible with public use. It is unlikely that another suitable parcel will be found in the foreseeable future.

      The Citizens Advisory Board for the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust supports our $195,000 grant application for the purchase of Waterloo Grove. We need to secure an additional $66,000 in donations and loans to secure the property by the June 30th closing. Thank you for being part of this exciting project!


Donate via PayPal
or Check out our Generosity.com crowdfunding campaign!

All donations are tax-deductible.
The Jefferson River Canoe Trail is a Chapter of the 501(c) Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
Donate online or send checks to: JRCT - PO Box 697 - Pony, MT 59747

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