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Missouri Headwaters State Park, MT

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Fri May 01 2015   Later Dates
19 site(s) found

Description

Camp where Lewis and Clark stayed in 1805! This park encompasses the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers. The Lewis and Clark Expedition anticipated this important headwaters all the way up the Missouri River in 1804 and 1805.

An easy three-mile drive off Interstate 90 at Three Forks, this park provides outdoor interpretive signs, picnic spots, short hiking trails, a small campground, and a rental tipi. The Saturday night speaker series showcases top notch presenters for your learning enjoyment.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • BOATING, KAYAKING
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • CAMPGROUND HOST
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Cultural Sites/Exibits
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Structure / Feature
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Information / Contact Station
  • Interpretive Exhibit / Display
  • Interpretive Pavilion
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Programs, History
  • Programs, Nature
  • RESTROOMS
  • Retail, Firewood
  • River / Stream
  • Sightseeing
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming - River
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Hiking, Moderate
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
  • Water, Access, River / Stream
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing, River / Stream
Within 10 Miles
  • Art & Museum
  • Church
  • DINING
  • Emergency Services
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Historic Sites
  • Hospital
  • Kennel
  • Laundry
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Propane
  • Rentals, boats, canoe
  • Restaurant
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
Alerts and Important Information
ADA designated campsites may only be reserved and occupied by a party who can provide proof of disability upon arrival. Proof of eligibility for at least one member of your party will be required in the form of a DMV (or other states equivalent) issued person with disabilities placard or disabilities motor vehicle license plate. The eligible member of your party must be an occupant of the site for the entire reserved period. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the cancellation of your reservation and forfeiture of your reservation fee. Additional cancellation fees will be applied.

Some yurts, cabins and group facilities are ADA accessible and do not require proof of disability upon arrival.

Camping is allowed in designated areas only. All boats, trailers, rigs and motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the campsite parking-spur provided. Any equipment that does not fit entirely within the campsite parking-spur must be parked outside the campground in an area designated by the park manager. If no outside parking is available, a second campsite must be purchased.

Open fires are allowed only in established iron fire rings and grills. Propane and LPG camp stoves are allowed. Smoking is not allowed except in enclosed vehicles or developed sites at least 3 feet in diameter and cleared of all flammable materials.

Check-in time is 2:00pm for campsites and 3:00pm for yurts, cabins and tipis's (local time).

Check-out time is 1:00pm for campsites and 12:00pm for yurts, cabins, and tipis (local park time). Late checkouts may incur additional fees unless prior arrangements have been made with park staff.

The maximum capacity at each individually signed or numbered campsite is eight (8) people. This typically involves a single camping unit, which includes, but not limited to, a tent, motor home, camping bus, truck mounted camper shell, pull-type camper, or other device designed and commonly used for sleeping. In the event the site is designated as Double Site, the site capacity for that site is doubled to allow for sixteen (16) people and two camping units.

Campfires are allowed in designated areas only!

Pets must be kept on a leash. Please check with destination park staff for local restrictions.

Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00pm to 7:00am.

Fireworks are prohibited in all parks at all times. No Exceptions.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.924, -111.498
45°55'26"N, 111°29'53"W

Missouri Headwaters State Park is located 4 miles northeast of Three Forks, off of Hwy 205, then onto Hwy 286.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Missouri Headwaters State Park
1585 Trident Road
Three Forks   MT  59725

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)285-3610

Special Events:

The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Sponsored by Universal Athletic Service of Bozeman and Hosted by Missouri Headwaters State Park commemorates John Colter's famous trek across Montana. This is a cross country foot race. Trace the steps of John Colter and his escape from the Blackfeet Tribe.

    THE COURSE:

    Approximately 7 miles on paved and gravel roads and rugged trails, The course is relatively rough but suited for cross country running. the race begins and ends at the Missouri Headwaters State Park with the first mile and a half on a paved county road. the remainder of the course crosses a number of gravel roads, but most of it will be on marked, rugged trails. The course, where not on roads, will be marked with flagged stakes. The last 200 yards crosses the Gallatin River, where it will be waist deep. Bring an extra change of clothes for the awards ceremony and refreshments.

    IMPORTANT: Due to time constraints and the nature of the race, WALKERS ARE NOT PERMITTED! Also, no dogs will be allowed on the race course. on Sep 20 2014