Missouri Headwaters State Park

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Three Forks, Bozeman Area

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If you love to see moving waters, this is the place. The park embraces the wild rivers of the Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison that converge near Three Forks and flow into the Missouri River. Missouri Headwaters was a geographical focal point important to early Native Americans, trappers, traders, and settlers. The now obliterated site of the Three Forks Post, built in 1810 by a group of trappers, is believed to be near here. Sacajawea lived near here as a teenager before she was kidnapped by a band of Hidatsa Indians and taken to North Dakota where she later met the Lewis and Clark Expedition. John Colter visited this area several times, and it was from here that he made his historic run over cactus, rocks, and sagebrush after being stripped naked by a band of Blackfeet. It is now a wonderful place for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing.

There are 17 campsites, each with a picnic table and fire ring.  Also available is a picnic area and a tipi for rent.  Vault toilets and water are available.  Fee for camping.  Maximum stay 7 days.  Open all year round.

Directions:  From I-90 take the Three Forks exit 278, then travel 2 miles east on secondary road 205, then 2 miles north on secondary road 286.

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