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Missouri Headwaters State Park

Camp where Lewis and Clark stayed in 1805. This park encompasses the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers.

About the Park

Within the boundaries of this scenic park and National Historic Landmark, the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers merge to form the 2,300 mile Missouri River.

Considering it an essential point in the geography of this western part of the continent, Meriwether Lewis wrote the country opens suddenly to extensive and beautiful plains and meadows which appear to be surrounded in every direction with distant and lofty mountains. The legendary Sacajawea was captured here as a child and eventually returned as a member of the Corps of Discovery. Another member of this expedition, John Colter, later made several trips to this area in search of furs and began his famous run nearby. Pioneers slowly settled the surrounding area and transformed it into profitable grazing and farming land. Missouri Headwaters State Park preserves much of the region's abundant wildlife, lush, vegetation, and scenic beauty that have attracted people for thousands of years.

The park provides 17 campsites, tipi rental, foot trails to points of interest, and interpretive displays of the area's cultural and natural history. River floating, fishing, picnicking, bicycling, hiking, interpretive programs, and photography are popular activities.

The park is 532 acres in size and is 4,045 feet in elevation.

Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Education
  • Exhibit
  • Fishing
  • Heritage
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Kayaking
  • Lewis And Clark
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • River Fishing
  • RV Camping
  • Tent Camping
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability.

  • ADA Accessible
  • Boat Launch
  • Camp Host
  • Grills/Fire Rings
  • Interpretive Display
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Pack-in/Pack-out
  • Tipi
  • Toilets (Flush)
  • Toilets (Vault)
  • Water

Seasons & Hours

Hours listed below are normal operating hours and may not apply when there is a special restriction or closure. Check Alerts and Closures in the tab below.


Park

 

Open all year

Alerts & Closures

Social distancing is still required per the Governor's statewide directive to reduce spread of COVID-19. Stay safe!

Park Rules

Volunteer

Contact the park manager for open volunteer positions at Missouri Headwaters State Park.

For complete position descriptions, application forms, and details about Montana State Parks volunteer programs, visit the Volunteers page.

Fees

Montana Residents

  • Day use entrance is free*

 

Nonresidents

  • 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

 

Campsites

  • Campsite fees range from $4-$34 per night, depending on season and available amenities.

Montana State Parks offers hike/bike, rustic, tent, rv, and boatslip campsites.

 

Tipis

Residents and Nonresidents with a Park Pass:

  • $30 per night 
  • $26 between third Monday in September—third Thursday in May

Nonresidents:

  • $42 Per night. 
  • $36 between third Monday in September—third Thursday in May

 

Visit Reserve America to check fees and reserve campsites and tipis at Missouri Headwaters State Park.

 

* Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don't include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Missouri Headwaters State Park
1585 Trident Road
Three Forks, MT 59752

Phone: 406-285-3610
Email: daveandrus@mt.gov

 

Reservation Phone Number:

1-855-922-6768

Take a Look Around

Enjoy this aerial tour of Missouri Headwaters State Park

Within the boundaries of this scenic park and National Historic Landmark, the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers merge to form the 2,300 mile Missouri River. Missouri Headwaters State Park preserves much of the region's abundant wildlife, lush, vegetation, and scenic beauty that have attracted people for thousands of years.

Missouri Headwaters State Park

Address

1585 Trident Road
Three Forks, MT 59752
Latitude/Longitude:
(45.92013 / -111.49989)

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Meet The Park Manager

Dave Andrus

Dave Andrus has put his degree in Wildland Recreation Management from the University of Montana to work at state parks across Montana. He currently manages Missouri Headwaters and Madison Buffalo Jump state parks and administers Montana State Parks' snowmobile and trails programs in southwest Montana. Dave is originally from Missoula, and says he is proud to be serving the people of his home state.

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:
Missouri Headwaters State Park
1585 Trident Road
Three Forks, MT 59752

Phone: 406-285-3610
Email: daveandrus@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager, Dave Andrus