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Missouri Headwaters State Park, Three Forks

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Missouri Headwaters State Park is a Montana state park that marks the official start of the Missouri River. It includes the Three Forks of the Missouri National Historic Landmark.It is located near Three Forks, Montana at an elevation of 4045ft.The Missouri starts at the confluence of the Jefferson River and Madison River. It is joined about 0.6 mile down stream (northeast) by the Gallatin River.Lewis and Clark visited the site on July 28, 1805. Meriwether Lewis in his journal entry wrote:Both Capt. C. and myself corresponded in opinon with rispect(sic) to the impropriety of calling either of these streams the Missouri and accordingly agreed to name them after the President of the United States and the Secretaries of the Treasury and State. The Lewis and Clark decision not to call the Jefferson the Missouri has spurred debate over what is the longest river in North America since the Missouri and Mississippi are nearly identical in length. The Missouri traditionally had been called the longest river in North America. However, 72 miles of it have been trimmed off in re-channeling its streambedmainly for the many hydroelectric power plants in the region so that it is now sometimes referred as second to the Mississippi in terms of length. If the Jefferson were included in the Missouri length, it would technically still be considered the longest river by the USGS experts.
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  • We arrived late at night and were grateful to find a space. The rivers are nearby and the location is beautiful. Spaces were not that well laid out. Price for non-residents was $28/ night with pit toi...  more »
  • Clear waters flowing at the confluence of three rivers that create the Missouri. We were the only ones there at sunset, wading and swimming. Slept in the tipi at the campground, which was the best pro...  more »
  • As other reviews state, it is a very peaceful area. We were not disturbed at all during our visit on July 22. I wish more folks were interested in Lewis & Clark. A few signs tell of the history of the...  more »
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  • It was like going back in time, especially when the beavers were right at the confluence of the Jefferson and Madison Rivers. It was an added blessing to learn that this was discovered by the Lewis and Clark Core of Discovery and that it was also Sacajawea's childhood home. I was also thankful that the advent of silk, and a change in styles, saved the beaver from extinction. Here begins a river of frontier history and culture.
  • Great place to stretch your legs or cast a line. Quick detour off I-90 gives you a typical Montana oasis to enjoy.
  • Camping fees are high and we had a constant swarm of mosquitoes attacking us.
  • The park is well maintained and the trails are well marked.
  • Great views great history..

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