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“Cool place to have lunch and walk around”

Missouri Headwaters State Park
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Owner description: The Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers merge to form the Missouri River, which was an important geographical area for early native Americans, traders, trappers and settlers.
Reviewed 24 August 2013

Just a few miles from the 90/287 freeway interchange, this state park is where the Jefferson, Madision and Galliant rivers converge to form the Missouri river. It is pretty place to have lunch and there are lots of birds in the area (White Pelicans etc). Stop by the information caboose in Three Forks for details and directions. The ladies that work their are nice, helpful and friendly.

1  Thank Craig-World-Travelle
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"three rivers"
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"lewis and clark"
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"walking trails"
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"the river"
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"nice place to visit"
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"pit toilets"
in 2 reviews
"historical information"
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"rocky mountains"
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"lots of history"
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"piece of history"
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"interpretive signage"
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"fun stop"
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

This was a good place to learn some history about the early exploration of the area and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The area is pretty and there are some walking trails for a nice evening walk. It was interesting to know that the place is the headwaters of the Missouri River. It is not worth traveling a long distance to see this, but it is nice if you are already close by.

2  Thank Carl589
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Reviewed 14 August 2013 via mobile

If you are a fan of the Lewis & Clark/Corp of Discovery expedition then this is a great stop. Only costs $5.00 per vehicle for non Montana residents to enter. For 50 cents more you can get an Interpretive Guide & Map. Has a small information gazebo as you first enter that indicates where the remains of a settlement once stood. Across the street is a small visitor center where you pay and get information. There are hiking trails and places to stop along the way. Be sure and stop at the confluence of the Jefferson & Madison meet, then where the Gallatin joins. We hiked up Fort Rock and a display at the top shows what you are seeing in each direction.

1  Thank remarcm
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

I am an educator who appreciates America's rivers and this was a must stop for me! After driving the twenty plus miles from Bozeman we (my wife and five students) arrived at the State Park and paid the entry fee. We received a map of the area and quickly made our way to the headwaters.

Basically after taking some quick photos, you have seen everything that the area offers. With this being an instrumental part of The Lewis and Clark Expedition, I expected more. Especially considering the ads that I had seen online and the hype that was included in them. I expected the area to be larger, we actually were following the map and ended up on private property before we realized we had driven past EVERYTHING the State Park had to offer.

Bottom line after a couple of photos documenting the visit and about fifteen minutes, we were back on the interstate :-(

2  Thank Mr_E_in_Alabama
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery were searching for the headwaters of the mighty Missouri River, hoping they could find a westward passage to the Pacific. When they arrived here, they couldn't decide which large mountain stream was dominant, so they gave each branch its own name. It's cool the stand where they did and see what they saw more than 200 years ago as the first Europeans to explore this land.

2  Thank thunefeld
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