Tongue River Reservoir Tour


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This 121-mile loop will take you through some spectacular badland country crowned with rock spires and arid plateaus while dipping into river bottoms and open rangeland. On the northern part of the loop, you will wind around knobby hills on the Crow and Cheyenne Indian Reservations. Special attractions along the way include the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Museum, Rosebud Battlefield, the Tongue River and Tongue River Reservoir, and the Saint Labre Mission. While you can do this drive year-round, you may find some of the gravel roads closed in the wintertime when there is severe weather.

The loop starts at the town of Lame Deer. Take the Hwy. 39 exit six miles west of Forsyth towards Colstrip. Go 51 miles to the town of Lame Deer. This popular meeting place for the Northern Cheyenne people was named after an Indian Chief who was killed by U.S. soldiers under the command of General Nelson A. Miles. At this site, the General’s soldiers looted and burned Lame Deer’s camp. Stop and visit the tribal museum here. At the nearby cemetery are the graves of two chiefs who fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn—Dull Knife and Little Wolf. If you can time it right, the Fourth of July

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