Missouri River: From its Headwaters to Craig, This is Montana’s Greatest River

holter lake below beartooth (sleeping giant) mountain viewed from beartooth wildlife management area near wolf creek, montana

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | The University of Montana Standing at the three forks, headwaters of the Missouri, on July 28, 1805, Meriwether Lewis wrote, “Both Capt. C. and myself corrisponded in opinion, with rispect, to the impropriety of calling either of these streams the Missouri and … Read more

Centennial Valley

By Chris Montgomery with contributions by Rick and Susie Graetz | The University of Montana “Montana is a state of the Union. And here, in a lovely valley surrounded by high mountains, are the Red Rock Lakes, which nature has designed especially for swans.” —E.B. White, “The Trumpet of the Swan” Just north of Monida … Read more

Madison River

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | The University of Montana By Rick and Susie Graetz  |  Office of Research and Creative Scholarship  |  The University of Montana On September 19, 1870, after more than a month exploring what would become Yellowstone National Park, the Washburn Expedition camped on … Read more

Red Rock River: Southwest Montana’s Red Rock River Valley

By Chris Montgomery with contributions by Rick and Susie Graetz | The University of Montana Originating at the outlet of Lima Reservoir, the relatively narrow Red Rock River Valley extends for 35 miles in a north by northwest bearing before its river empties into Clark Canyon Reservoir. Surrounded by impressive natural sights, the valley boasts … Read more

Big Hole: Montana’s Big Hole Country

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | The University of Montana Native Americans who frequented the area called it the “land of big snows.” In 1806, William Clark christened it Hot Springs Valley.  Early trappers used the French word trou (hole), to describe a wide-open basin between mountain ranges, and the … Read more