DescriptionThree Forks was a favorite Native American hunting ground near the headwaters of the Missouri River. In 1805 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark documented their exploration of the beginning of the world's longest river system. Sacajawea (Sacagawea), the wife of one of their guides, was kidnapped and raised by the Minnetaree. A plaque in Sacajawea Park downtown commemorates her contribution to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition. A statue, commissioned by the Three Forks Area Historical Society in 2005, depicts Sacajawea with her baby.
A trading post was established by fur trappers in 1810. The first permanent non-native settlement was established nearby in 1862. As railroads and highways provided access to the area, settlers arrived, and Three Forks was founded in 1908. Excellent hunting and fishing opportunities continue to attract visitors today.
Visitor InfoThree Forks Chamber of Commerce 110 N. Main St. THREE FORKS, MT 59752. Phone:(406)285-4753
Things to SeeHeadwaters Heritage Museum
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Parksee Whitehall.