View this natural, historic rock formation that Sacagawea, a guide traveling with the Lewis & Clark Expedition, recognized as resembling the head of a swimming beaver.
About the Park
Resembling the head of a swimming beaver, this natural landmark is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The site may be viewed and photographed from a distance, but is not directly accessible.
Sacagawea, a young Shoshone Indian guide traveling with the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805, recognized this rock formation and knew that she may be in the vicinity of her relatives. The sighting gave the expedition hope that they may be able to find Native peoples from which to acquire horses for their trip across the mountains to the Pacific Ocean.
Meriwether Lewis, August 8, 1805 wrote:
"The Indian woman recognized the point of a high plain to our right which she informed us was not very distant from the summer retreat of her nation on a river beyond the mountains which runs to the west. This hill she says her nation calls the beaver's head from a conceived resemblance of its figure to the head of that animal. She assures us that we shall either find her people on this river or on the river immediately west of its source; which from its present size cannot be very distant."
Lewis And Clark
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Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8
Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4
With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free
Beaverhead Rock State Park
c/o Bannack State Park
4200 Bannack Rd
Dillon, MT 59725
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Milo Root, who is originally from Conrad, Montana, and his wife Andrea recently moved to Bannack from Michigan. Milo is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and spent 7 years in the field of parks and recreation throughout the State of Michigan. He served as Recreational Coordinator for the City of Portland, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Bridgman, and Parks Supervisor for the City of Muskegon.
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Bannack State Park
721 Bannack Rd
Dillon, MT 59725