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Missouri Headwaters State Park

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Address: U.S. Highway 286, Three Forks, MT
Phone Number: +1 406-994-4042
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The Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers merge to form the Missouri...

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.

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Neat history

Been driving by here for years. Good explanation and history. Very nice picnic areas. Handy, just off the freeway.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 September 2016
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Kellogg, Idaho
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San Diego county, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We really enjoyed sitting back and listening to the sounds while absorbing the sites. Lots of informative plaques that help show you what you are looking at as well as learning about. We loved listening to the rivers and looking across the fields that were travelled and camped in by such a historically significant group. Great spot for pictures! Perfect... More 

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Kellogg, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Been driving by here for years. Good explanation and history. Very nice picnic areas. Handy, just off the freeway.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A few months back I visited the confluence of the Mississippi/Missouri near St. Louis. I decided it would be nice to visit the headwaters of the Missouri. I was pleasantly surprised. There were several different areas to visit, all with hiking trails and informative exhibits. A short walk will get you to the actual confluence of the Jefferson and Madison... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We came to see the headwaters as part of a Lewis and Clark tour and were surprised to find such an inviting, full featured park. Besides the confluence itself, there are walking trails, overlooks, petroglyphs, the remains of a ghost town and extensive historical and environmental signage. Lots of picnic tables and toilets. A very nice spot indeed!

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Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We camped in the campground one night in site 16. It was very private, with growth around the site. The host was very helpful and friendly. This was such a great park, very well kept. Beautiful views if you drive down to the headwaters. We want to come back and hike the trails sometime. We loved it there!

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Charleston, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

It was more than interesting, and almost inspiring, to think of the Lewis and Clark expedition coming up the Missouri River all the way to this point and then deciding which fork of the river to take.

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Divide, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

when following Lewis & Clark you need to see these confluences but they are not impressive there are static displays but no real way for a real panoramic view I am glad they saved the area but would not go back

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

I have been here twice over the years and it's just a nice and relatively quick stop. The water is beautiful but be prepared to walk. I love history so I enjoy this place.

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Montecito, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

If you are a Lewis & Clark fan, here's another chance to walk in their footsteps in a location that has been visited by natives for over 2,000 years. Very pretty site where the 3 rivers come together. Good interpretive signs. This is our 2nd visit.

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Leawood, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

We were in the area and had heard of this park, so, being from Kansas City and long familiar with the Missouri River, decided to go see where the river begins. The late-afternoon weather was typical Montana summer cloudy/stormy-looking/rapidly changing/now sunny, so the sky over the convergence of the rivers was spectacular and worthy of photos. It was neat to... More 

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