Fred Robinson Bridge Tour
- Lewis and Clark Expedition, Watchable Wildlife, Wilderness Areas, Scenic Drives, Sightseeing and Scenic Tours, Hiking/Backpacking
- General info
The Fred Robinson Bridge over the Missouri River is approximately 70 miles south of Malta on Highway 191. Looking from the bridge you are viewing much of the same scenery that Lewis and Clark viewed when passing through this area. On May 23, 1805, the Corps of Discovery camped about seven miles downstream from this spot. While their journals are vague on this, they viewed from the hills above the campsite the Little Rocky Mountains about 25 miles to the northwest. They camped the next day about 2 miles upstream from the bridge.
While most of northeastern Montana witnessed the “Old West,” this area experienced the “Wild West.” Outlaws, vigilantes, sprawling ranches, frontier towns, gold mines, trappers, cowboys, and steamboats were all a part of this colorful era.
From the bridge, you can start exploring the backroads of the C.M. Russell Wildlife Refuge. James Kipp Park is near the bridge and has camping facilities. Head up the hill to the south to the Slippery Ann Wildlife Station and refuge office. The name Slippery Ann is a corrupted spelling of the fur trader, Cyprian Mat. In the late 1880s, he was the proprietor of a trading post just south of the Little Rockies.
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