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“This is where the Missouri starts, John Colter made his run”

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 12 November 2013

This is just a very brief detour off I-90, well worth it. This is where the three rivers that make up the Missouri come together. The start of one of the world's longest river systems. Think about taking the old highway from Bozeman to Three Forks anyway and you go right by the turn off for this. Only takes a few minute detour and just feels more relaxed anyway.

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

This is one of the best open-air walk through parks in the United States. The fact that on July 25, 1805, Lewis and Clark arrived here at the headwaters of the Missouri permeates your senses of adventure while standing here. And what a sight it is.....three rivers coming together to form the "Mighty Missouri" River. Lewis and Clark were of course surprised that they had reached the end, or beginning as it were, of the Missouri River. And an even bigger surprise was the emerging of the Rocky Mountains to their front as they stood here on this spot in Three Forks, Montana. My favorite spot in this park is standing on top of "Fort Rock" and looking at the panorama of the Gallatin River winding through beautiful grasslands with mountains in the background all around. A mile upstream from where the Gallatin flows into the Missouri is the point where the Jefferson and Madison Rivers meet and form the Missouri. It is to me a nearly religious moment to stand here at this point (you can actually stand right on the water) and see the two rivers bumping into each other with the roiling waters then headed downstream. I was so moved by this sight that I went back early in the morning to see the rivers in early sunlight and it was wonderful.

3  Thank Jim W
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

The day we went there they were having a reenactment of Colter's run from the Indians. It was great to see so many runners and interested spectators.

1  Thank BettyHarold O
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

Loved the serenity of this spot and its significance in the Lewis & Clark Expedition. I remember a movie I watched whereas Lewis remarked something to the effect of having always wanting to see the spot where the great Missouri River began...the movie shows him straddling a bubbling brook of water coming out of the earth and though you don't see this, at least you know this is where they truly passed...maybe brook is further up. You wont be disappointed in going here. Its beautiful. 4 teens were there in the water enjoying it. You'll probably have the place to yourself.

1  Thank Sandy305
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Call me boring, but I enjoy history. I love the thought of standing where Lewis and Clark stood many years ago. I love to imagine how they felt. We stood on Fort Rock which was cool (Lewis Rock is on private land). We stepped into the water and watched fish swim by. If you're in the area, this is a quiet, peaceful, "nice to get out of the car", great place for a picnic or just to walk.

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