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“Lewis and Clark and birds too”

Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Williston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This center tells the story of the confluence of these two rivers.
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Lewis and Clark and birds too”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

We first came here on a long Lewis and Clark tour starting in St Louis. Our second visit was 3 years later. It is awesome to see where the Missouri meets the Yellowstone. The building blends well with the landscape and the exhibits are interesting and professional. The view from the back of the building is toward the river and several well stocked bird feeders. Vivid American Goldfinch, Black-headed Grosbeaks and Lazuli Bunting can usually be seen in summer. Staff is knowledgable and friendly.

Visited June 2013
Thank Birdwalk48
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Columbia Falls, Montana, United States
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Limited View Aspects”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

I was excited at the prospects of seeing where Lewis and Clark met up in April 1806 after splitting up in western Montana on the way back home. Clark took the route down the Yellowstone River and Lewis retraced their steps down the Missouri exploring tributaries they has not explored on the way to the Pacific. They rejoined together at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri which is not in the Balkan Oil Fields. You can see this historic site as well as the frenetic energy happening in the oil fields of North Dakota. As for the Confluence, I like all things Lewis and Clark but you really have to work to get a real good view of the Yellowstone flowing north west at this point and meeting the Missouri flowing southeast where they butt up against each other and turn southeast for their journey to the Mississippi. As I say, it is worth it if you are a real Lewis and Clark fan, but know that there is not a high bluff where you can see a spectacular panorama before you - it takes work.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Jim W
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Culbertson, MT
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of only a few paddlefishing locations in the world.”
Reviewed 8 January 2013

Memorable, fun, outdoor activity. Paddlefishing can sometimes become quite adventurous as you are spearing a very large fish from the shore of the Yellowstone river. Seeing a fellow sportsman running down the bank is quite common as you try to bring in your catch. The Fish & Wildlife personnel are on hand to clean your prehistoric trophy for they are after the roe. Since the paddlefish is endangered the caviar is in high demand so they keep the season short around May-June I believe. I'm certainly no expert on this just a local so if someone else can explain it all better I would welcome their input. It really is a unique fun experience in the land of dinosaur bones.

1 Thank Stephan H
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Palm Springs, Florida
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very Interesting”
Reviewed 9 December 2012

I usually do not like history theme sites however as my colleagues were going fishing I decided to join them. I found the Interpretive Center to have lots of great displays and very interesting history of the area.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank David F
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Aiken, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“We enjoyed this center.”
Reviewed 5 August 2012

It is across the road from Fort Buford and included on the same ticket. They are close to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. If you like history all three are worth seeing if you're in the area. We had to fight the oil traffic getting there. We went through Watford City and avoided Williston. The local people in other parts of ND warned us to beware of the criminals who've been attracted to the oil area. We enjoyed the Interpretive Center. It had an art museum and a history/geology museum. There was a good view of the rivers out back. I wouldn't drive out of my way to go to this part of the state right now. The oil trucks are everywhere and they've caused big ruts in the roads. Bring your own picnic. There's no place to eat because of the crowded conditions. Buy gas before you get there.

Visited July 2012
5 Thank molly30087
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