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Lewis & Clark on the Lower Yellowstone Web site offers you an exciting tour through Southeastern Montana.  As you drive through the Lower Yellowstone region of Montana it is easy to miss the beauty that surrounds you.  Unlike the mountains of western Montana with their expansive visual beauty, the beauty of the plains and prairies is gentler and easier to overlook.  How many different colors can you see in the badlands?  Did you see the unusual shapes of the badlands created by wind and water?  During the spring the prairie comes alive with green grass and spring flowers that the rains bring.  Did you know that some of the flowers you see only bloom every 10 or 20 years under just the right conditions?

Make sure you go outside at night and see the magnificent night sky that the Lower Yellowstone region has to offer.  The black night with few man-made light distractions offers a wonderful chance to see the constellations, the Milky Way, and the occasional comet or falling star.  If you're outside at the right time the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis will surely entertain and amaze you.

Don't be like Clark and hurry through our area!  From Wibaux to Hysham or from Ft. Buford to Hysham we have much to offer both the novice and seasoned traveler.  We hope that these pages will enticed you to slow down and spend some time in our Lower Yellowstone region.

Wibaux, the Gateway to Montana, is named after a Frenchman, Pierre Wibaux in the late 1800's.  Pierre Wibaux was an influential cattle baron.   Teddy Roosevelt, future president of the United States, was among his friends in this era.  A public outdoor swimming pool, with shade trees and playground equipment welcome visitors in the afternoon and evenings.  Fishing opportunities for walleye, northern pike, catfish, bullheads, pan fish and trout are available with Beaver Creek, farm ponds and a public pond with a picnic area.  Abundant wildlife and upland game birds bring excitement to hunters and photographers alike.  Wibaux is the gateway to Montana on Interstate 94.

Fort Union was built by the American Fur Company in 1828 and operated until 1867.  It was sold to the army which dismantled it to reuse the materials to complete Fort Buford.  Grass covered the entire site when the National Park Service purchase it in 1966.  The National Park Service excavated the stone foundations of many of the buildings and uncovered artifacts relating to life at the fort.  Between 1985 and 1991 the National Park Service reconstructed portions of Fort Union Trading Post.  Visitors can climb to the heights of the forts outer walls and look onto the Missouri River bottoms and confluence area just like the visitors of the 1800's.
Fort Buford was established in 1866 and eventually housed six companies of infantry and calvary including the 6th Infantry, The Black 10th Calvary, and the 25th Infantry.  The soldiers policed the international boundary and guarded railway construction crews.  Area settlement in the 1890's ended Fort Buford's usefulness and it was abandoned in Oct. of 1895.  In 1924 the location became a State Historic Site.  Commanding a historic northern plains crossroads, Fort Buford State Historic Site offers history, beauty, and recreation.  At the site, a museum in an original military building tells the fort's story; a nearby military cemetery and stone powder magazine emphasize the exciting tale soon to be enhanced by interpretative development.  Fort Buford offers a picnic area and a boat ramp is planned.

The City of Fairview actually lies in two states with the largest portion in the state of Montana and a part in North Dakota.  The two states meet on Interstate Avenue commonly knows as State Street.  Hunting and fishing are excellent, the waters of the Missouri and the Yellowstone meet just three miles northeast of Fairview.  Fairview is an unofficial gateway into Clark's Lower Yellowstone country.

Sidney was named for Sidney Walters, a son of a pioneer family in the area.  Besides outdoor recreation and agricultural industry the Sidney area is also known for the oil rigs and pumping units which are scattered throughout the hills.  Recreational activities include hunting, fishing, golfing and moss agate hunting.  Along the Yellowstone River a number of semi precious and precious stones including opal and sapphire can also be found but not as easily as the moss agate.

Savage has Elk Island and Crane has the Seven Sisters Wildlife recreation area, both have boat launching ramps for river access.  Hunting and trapping is allowed, with other recreational pursuits in the area being hiking, moss agate hunting, asparagus and berry picking. Camping at both sites are severely limited, and no facilities are provided.  Don't forget while visiting Savage to visit The Agate Shop.  Here you can view or purchase the unique moss agate, as well as fine jewelry made from Montana's native gems and stones. 

Glendive was named by the first Montana tourist, Sir St. George Gore, an English sportsman who was reminded of a stream named Glendale in Ireland.  Glendive was established  around 1870's and offers dinosaur digs, Historic District tours and the Frontier Gateway Museum.  Glendive also offers opportunities for golfing, swimming, moss agate and fossil hunting, boating, hiking, biking and camping.  Fishermen and women flock to snag the unbelievable prehistoric paddlefish and to hike their share of walleye, catfish, sauger, northern pike, ling, sturgeon, and the occasional trout, not to mention the rough fish - mainly the goldeye, carp, chub and bullheads.

Terry got its name from General Alfred H Terry, who led the expedition in the Montana Territory in the 1870s against the Cheyenne and Sioux Indians.  The Yellowstone River at this point is an easy-floating river, ideal for the novice or the pro-floater, with scenery and wildlife abundant.  Keep an eye open for turkey vultures along with hawks, pelicans, bald eagles and other upland game birds.  Hikers enjoy an unspoiled landscape of wildflowers, native trees and other plants, natural rock formations, and small prairie animals.  A tree shaded park is located in the center of Terry complete with a playground, swimming pool, and sheltered picnic area.  Petrified and agatized wood, colored jaspers and moss agates are commonly hunted in this area.

Miles City is one of the last genuine cowboy towns on the western frontier, founded in 1887.  It has grown from a key port for steamboat travel and trade, to a major shipping center for cattle, horses and sheep by Northern Pacific Railroad, to a modern town, complete with high-tech trimmings to a hub of southeastern Montana, both economically and a center of vacation-time attractions.  Miles City still has a traditional Main Street, complete with numerous buildings from the late 19th century and early 20th century, many of which are listed on the National Historic Register.  These classic buildings include a saloon painstakingly restored to its original, century-old splendor, beautiful Riverside Park with its towering trees, Victorian-style gazebo, and magnificent homes on East Main of which several are listed on the National Historic Register.  Miles City and its surrounding areas offer ample opportunity to view mule deer, white tail deer, antelope, geese, and pheasants.  A boat ramp is located near the bridge on Highway 59 North, and Matthew's Recreation area offers picnic area, handicapped fishing access on a paved pathway.  While walking along the river banks or gravel bars keep a sharp look out for moss agates as they are plentiful in this area.  For a short scenic drive take Highway 10 east along the river about 10 miles until you have to get on the Interstate.

Forsyth was named for the first U S Army officer, General James W Forsyth, who landed by steamer in this area.  Enjoy boating and fishing excitement on the Yellowstone River, which flows just north of the town .  Two sections of Rosebud State Recreation area give easy access to the river.  Practice water safety while on the river and be aware of possible dangers such as the diversion dam near Forsyth.  For more information contact Bureau of Land Management regional office in Miles City, by phone 406-233-2800 or mail at 111 Gary Owen Road, Miles City, MT  59301.  Through the cooperation of Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and area landowners, a few minutes in your vehicle puts you smack dab in the middle of ducks, geese, pheasants, grouse, partridges, wild turkeys, white pelicans and bald eagles.  You can experience relaxation in the tree shaded park, grassy play areas, indoor swimming pool, wading pool and rest room facilities.  For a scenic drive along the river take old highway 10 sometimes called the frontage road from Forsyth to Rosebud.

Rosebud is 12 miles east of Forsyth, a site of interest is a nondenominational church that is the oldest continuously operating church in the state.  Far West State Recreation area is 1 mile north of Rosebud on Secondary 446, drive a half mile west on the county road.  For a real western flavor take time for a meal at the Longhorn Steak house in Rosebud.  For a scenic drive along the river take old highway 10 sometimes called the frontage road from Rosebud to Hathaway.  The present day Hathaway Bar is Hathaway's claim to fame.  Jane Canary, otherwise known as Calamity Jane, stayed there at one time.

Hysham was named after Charlie J Hysham who was associated with the Flying E Ranch.  Supplies for Hysham were thrown from Northern Pacific railroad at a branding site on the Flying E Ranch.  The Flying E ran thousands of cattle in an area between the Big Horn River on the West to Reservation Creek on the East and from the Yellowstone River to the Wyoming line.  There are numerous access sites for travelers' enjoyment along the Yellowstone as it meanders through the area.  A boat dock is located at the state fishing access site at Myers Bridge and you can enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and boating in the area.  For a scenic drive along the river take old highway 10 sometimes called the frontage road from Hysham to Forsyth.

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