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Old train station adjacent to the Beaverhead County

D Mer. Lewis August 17, 1805

“Capt. Clark arrived with the Interpreter Charbono and the Indian woman who proved to be the sister of the Chief Cameahwait, tge meeting of those people wsa really affecting. . .we had the satisfaction. . .to find our- selves. . .with a flattering propect of being able to abtain as many horses shortly as would enable us to prosicute our voyage by land should that by water be deemed unadvisable.”

D William Clark

July 12, 1806

“this morning I was detained untill 7 A M makeing Paddles and drawing the nails of the Canoe to be left a this place and the one we had before left here.”

L Beaverhead Rock Ranch Guest Houses

4325 Old Stage Rd in Dillon. 683-2126 or 800-338-0061. fishingcabins.com

L Stage Coach Cabin

Old Stage Rd in Dillon. (home) 683-2593, (work) 683-9237 or (cell) 925-5152


T Camp Fortunate Overlook and the Clark Canyon Recreation Area

I-15 S of Dillon. 638-6472

Here Lewis and Clark expedition received horses from Sacajawea’s brother, Chief Cameahwait, which were needed to cross the mountain ranges into the Columbia River drainage. The area is perfect for fishing, boating and camping. An inter- pretive memorial to Sacajawea is here. Clark Canyon Recreation Area has a man-made lake with great fishing for rainbow trout, or try the local favorite spot for water skiing.

T Big Sheep Creek

I-15 exit at Dell 24 mi N of the MT-ID border. N terminus is MT Rte 324 W of Clark Canyon Dam

This isolated, spectacular mountain valley is a nar- row canyon with a good dirt road that often pro-


Museum in Dillon

vides exceptional opportunities to view bighorn sheep and other wildlife

T Clark Canyon Reservoir S of Dillon

Clark Canyon Reservoir ranks as one of the finest places to catch large trout. Located 20 miles from Dillon it covers some six thousand acres and con- tains two major islands.

This great fishing haven didn’t exist until 1964. Before this date, it was the location of the town named Armstead. The town was named after Harry Armstead, a local miner. It became the starting point of the Gilmore-Pacific Railroad, which began operation in 1910 only to meet financial failure in 1941. The post office was active until 1962. After that most of the build- ings were moved, the dam was built, and the area was flooded in 1964.

The dam is under the control of the East Bench Irrigation District and supplies most of the


Located in Southwest Montana, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is the largest of the national forests in Montana. The forest offers breath-taking scenery for a wide variety of recreation pursuits. Whether it’s wilderness trekking in the Anaconda-Pintler or Lee Metcalf wildernesses, driving the Gravelly Range Road or Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, or camping in one of the 50 small to medium-sized campgrounds in the forest, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge has it all. Winter enthusiasts find snowmobiling, cross-country skiing trails, as well as downhill skiing at Discovery, near Anaconda, and Maverick Mountain, near Dillon. Summertime affords chances to hike and drive primitive routes to high-mountain lakes or to drive more improved roads to places like Delmoe and

irrigation water to Dillon. It has easy access from I-15, has a perimeter road around the reservoir, picnic areas and a marina.

Fishing brings many people to try their luck at Clark Canyon. A boat or floating device is the pre- ferred way to fish. Rainbow and brown trout, along with ling are the main species in the lake. Some trout can get as big as 10 pounds, thus making this a great destination spot for anyone who likes to catch big fish. Water skiing and jet skiing can also be enjoyed here.


H The Montana-Utah Road I-15, Red Rocks

Interstate 15 is the latest in a series of roads that have traversed this area since prehistory. Although used for generations by Native Americans, the first recorded use of this route was by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on August 10, 1805. They named cliffs to the north of here after the scores of rattlesnakes they encountered on their trip upriver. With the discovery of gold at nearby Grasshopper Creek and Alder Gulch in the early 1860s, thousands of people came to southwest Montana to mine gold and to “mine the miners.” The road originat- ed in Corinne, Utah and traversed a series of high plateaus and narrow canyons on its way north to south- western Montana, The road was the best route into the territory for the freighters who supplied the mining camps. Drawn by teams of mules or oxen, each wagon carried up to 12,000 pounds of freight. The trip from Utah typically took three weeks and a freighting outfit could usually make three or four round trips each yea , Just south of here near Dell, the Montana-Utah Road branched into three separate trails that led to Bannack, Deer Lodge, Virginia City and Helena. This section of the road terminated at Helena. With the arrival of the Utah & Northern Railroad in 1880, the Montana-Utah Road became obsolete. In the 1920s, howeve , it again became an important travel corridor first as the Vigilante Trail/Great White Way, then as U.S. Highway 91 and, finally, as Interstate 15.

H Old Trail to the Gold Diggins’

I-15, Red Rocks

Along in the early 1840s the Americans were like they are now, seething to go somewhere. It got around that Oregon was quite a place. The Iowa people hadn’t located California yet. A wagon train pulled out across the plains and made it to Oregon. Then everyone broke

Wade lakes. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and Nez Perce Historic Trail pass through the forest. Georgetown Lake offers winter and summer recreation near Philipsburg. At the ghost towns of Elkhorn and Coolidge, you can relive Montana’s boom and bust past. Sheepshead Recreation Area, north of Butte, offers pleasant picnicking and lake fishing, accessible for the disabled. The Forest covers 3 32 million acres.

Directions: The headquarters in Dillon is located on I-15 just 63 miles north of the Utah border.

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest USDA Forest Service 420 Barrett Street Dillon, MT 59725-3572 Phone: 406-683-3900 Email: M a i l r o o m _ R 1 _ B e a v e r h e a d _ D e e r l o d g e @ f s . f e d . u s

  • Reprinted from www.recreation.gov


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