Having grown up in Southwest Montana, Donna McDonald has had the opportunity to spend her entire life in the mountains and streams. Because she’s had the privilege of experiencing the outdoors in ways most people have never dreamed, she has dedicated her life to sharing it with others. Donna has been a licensed outfitter with the state of Montana since 1989. Since then, she and her husband Jake have been the owners and operators of Upper Canyon Outfitters, a well-recognized guest ranch in western Montana, homesteaded in 1910 by her grandfather.
Donna’s love of the wilderness began well before the business. Having grown up on the Ruby River, horseback riding and fishing has always been a part of her life. Teaching, guiding, and speaking to groups has given her a platform to share her enthusiasm with others. Donna laughs, “I can’t remember not fishing. But I can remember not fishing well!