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By Rick and Susie Graetz
University of Montana Department of Geography 

This is Montana: Montana's Greatest Wonder: The Missouri River (Part 2 of 5)


October 10, 2018

Rick and Susie Graetz

Lewis and Clark wrote of the Gates of the Mountains on the Missouri River, "... this evening we entered much the most remarkable clifts that we have yet seen."

Almost immediately upon departing the Three Forks area, the newly formed Missouri is neatly tucked into a mini-gorge. Then, only 16 miles from its inception, the Toston Reservoir and Dam decelerate its flow. After traversing the "Little Gates of the Mountains," so noted on Clark's map of July 25, 1805, as "2d range of mts - little gate," near the small village of Toston, the river will soon pl...

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