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Three Forks of the Missouri

Missouri Headwaters State Park
National Register Number: 66000433
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Landscape - natural feature. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: MT-at-Large Certified Local Government: NO
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: State Park: www.fwp.state.mt.us; 406-444-3750.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 9, 1960):
Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, first European-American to discover this spot, concluded that the Missouri River originated where the Three Forks joined.

The National Historic Landmark is in good condition.

The park has constructed a visitor’s shelter, interpretive kiosks, additional parking, and paved trails in anticipation of the Lewis and Clark anniversary. These projects are concentrated at the park’s entrance and though they do have an impact on the setting and feeling of the cultural landscape, a large part of the landmark’s 535 acres remain unaltered. Two to three miles of a recreational trail are being planned from the Madison River to the Southern boundary of the park and into the park. This will complete a recreational trail between the town of Three Forks and the state park.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Future projects should be monitored to ensure that there cumulative impact does not affect the significant qualities of the landmark.

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